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Old 11-06-2020, 09:13   #1
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20 year old in love with Sailing!

Hi there everyone! Im a full time college student down in SoFlo, my mother recently passed away extremely unexpectedly and it completely changed me. I have always loved the ocean and water ever since I was a little girl, I grew up in Orlando, FL so I was never really close to the ocean but ever since I could remember I always wanted to sail around the world. I recently found this forum and I just wanted to join and try to educate myself for whenever the time comes!
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:17   #2
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Welcome to the forum, iavx. I learn something on the forum just about every day, and I'm on the other end of it all, a 74 year-old retired professor who started sailing at 7.
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:29   #3
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Welcome.
Get a Laser, learn to sail on that for a year.
Sell that and move up to a Catalina 22 or a Cal 20. Sail that learning the cruising stuff for a couple years then find a liveaboard.
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:33   #4
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Thank you, and that is amazing that you started sailing at 7! I wish I grew up sailing so all of this was a second nature to me haha
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Old 11-06-2020, 22:52   #5
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Check out one of your local yacht clubs for weekday night racing - assuming they’re running these days. You don’t need a lot (or any, in some cases) experience- just come with a good attitude and interest to learn. Walk the docks 1-2 hrs before racinG starts and ask owners if they need crew. Except for the most serious programs, someone always does. If the first boat you try isn’t a fit, keep looking. You’ll learn years worth of sailing skills in a good season of racing. Good luck!
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Old 11-06-2020, 23:02   #6
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Welcome aboard iavx! Good luck in your adventures! Keep us posted!
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I remember the exact moment I fell in love with sailing. 40 years later, I can close my eyes and still feel it. Sorry about your mom and please keep us posted!
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All the best! I also started sailing from a young age. Though you have an advantage at it today, with it being much easier to work remotely now than when I was your age. Cheers to many more years of adventure!
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Thank you all for the kind words!! I will definitely keep y’all updated
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iavx, I’m sorry you lost your mother when you are still so young. If her passing has caused you to think deeply about your own life and your goals than that may have been her last gift to you.

Sailing is a wonderful way to connect with the earth, wind, ocean and the ultimate power of the universe. Experience it, enjoy it, learn all you can about sailing and about yourself.

It’s good advice to start small. Learn on a small boat on small water. Move up as you feel ready. Living aboard and sailing the world is not for everyone nor is it the only way to find joy in sailing. Follow your own path. Remember that sailing is about going slow. Make your own happiness, your own wake and your own memories.
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iavx, I’m sorry you lost your mother when you are still so young. If her passing has caused you to think deeply about your own life and your goals than that may have been her last gift to you.

Sailing is a wonderful way to connect with the earth, wind, ocean and the ultimate power of the universe. Experience it, enjoy it, learn all you can about sailing and about yourself.

It’s good advice to start small. Learn on a small boat on small water. Move up as you feel ready. Living aboard and sailing the world is not for everyone nor is it the only way to find joy in sailing. Follow your own path. Remember that sailing is about going slow. Make your own happiness, your own wake and your own memories.
Wow.. I really never thought of it like that. Her passing did make me think about my life and what I want to do for myself and those around me. I appreciate the kind words greatly. I'm going to attempt to save up for a little and buy something small to practice and learn the ins and outs of before trying to accompany someone on a big trip.
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Find her book and read it. Its a big world out there, go and explore.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tania_Aebi
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