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Old 19-09-2020, 08:03   #1
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Greetings and salutations

Hello wonderful sailing community.

While living in Germany, I originally was not interested in sailing at all. I went through the long and difficult procedure to get licensed for motor boats inland as well as on the ocean, learning paper navigation, deviation tables, radio...

While out of the boat later, I could not get over how beautiful the sailboats glided or sped past on the Wannsee in Berlin. How the wind constantly changed and the sailors had to adapt quickly. That is when I caught the bug.

After more weeks of schooling and learning I had my licence to sail in Germany as well. I took 6 months off and just sailed, it was wonderful. The school even paid me to take students out, I was a sailing instructor! Kind of.

Now I have moved to Miami, sailing is really far away. In order to join a club here I have to go through all of the clases again, although they seem to be a LOT easier then what is required in Germany, but also very expensive.

I will find a way to get back out on the water. I look forward to meeting some of you maybe then out there as well! Until then, I really enjoy reading through this excellent work all of you have put together in this forum.

Thank you and "allzeit gute Fahrt immer eine handbreit Wasser unterm Kiel!"

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Old 19-09-2020, 09:29   #2
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Re: Greetings and salutations

I will respond to anyone who begins "Greetings and Salutations"! I haven't heard that for years.

Welcome to CF. There's a lot of knowledge here. Don't give up on your dream.
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Old 19-09-2020, 10:43   #3
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Re: Greetings and salutations

Welcome, William.

You do not have to go through courses again. In the United States any idiot with enough money can sail anything on the water, as long as it's recreation, not for hire. We call it "More cents than sense" when it extends to toys like Lamborghinis. An insurance company may inquire about your history, but the German certifications will suitably impress them.
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Old 19-09-2020, 11:06   #4
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, William.
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Old 19-09-2020, 18:01   #5
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