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Old 04-12-2012, 01:51   #1
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Greetings from Beijing

Hello everyone

I am new both to this forum and to sailing in general. Im Chinese, 28, married but have no child.

BTW, if there is any other Chinese speaker currently reading this post, please pm me and we could chat in Chinese.

Sailing around the world is my goal. But I have zero skill about being a skipper so here come the question: how long it's going to take before I'm master a 40 inch sailboat? (or should I say it's better to be count in mileage?)

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 04-12-2012, 01:57   #2
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40 inch isn't good.....

Welcome to the forum, as with all things you need to start at the beginning. Get a sailing dinghy and have a go, it would be reasonable to expect to be able to sail competently a much larger boat at the end of a year.

Sailing schools or going out as crew all builds the experience....

Have a go, Cheers
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:23   #3
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I'm master a 40 inch sailboat? (or should I say it's better to be count in mileage?)

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Hi Yaoz and welcome,

I think you mean 40 foot, not 40 inches! :-)
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Thanks Lagoon4us and chrisbitz.

Yes... I meant 40 foot, this US unit system is a bit complicated to me.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Yaoz.
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Hello everyone

I am new both to this forum and to sailing in general. Im Chinese, 28, married but have no child.

BTW, if there is any other Chinese speaker currently reading this post, please pm me and we could chat in Chinese.

Sailing around the world is my goal. But I have zero skill about being a skipper so here come the question: how long it's going to take before I'm master a 40 inch sailboat? (or should I say it's better to be count in mileage?)

Many thanks in advance.

Yaoz
Hi Yaoz, welcome to the forum.
In Qinhuangdao is the Beijing sailing centre where you can do Dinghy sailing starting from May. They also offer courses.
To learn how to sail a yacht I recommend you to go to Phuket in Thailand. You can take ASA courses. Actually now is the best season there.
PM me and I can send you some links.
My wife is Chinese, if she is not too busy, she might chat with you.
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Old 05-12-2012, 12:35   #7
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
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Thanks Lagoon4us and chrisbitz.

Yes... I meant 40 foot, this US unit system is a bit complicated to me.
Hi Yaoz,

Welcome to the forum. US units are complicated for everyone I think. I prefer metric so you could say you want to sail 13 Meter sailboat.

I also recommend starting with a small boat. They are not too expensive, easy to store or to transport, and a small boat is the best way to learn how to handle and adjust the sails. Once you learn how to manager the sails on a small boat the same principals will apply to a larger boat.

The next step would be learning how to handle the larger boat.
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Lasers are fantastic teachers, you get wet you go fast and can run the bigger mast as you get better at it.

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Old 06-12-2012, 04:36   #10
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Big thanks to everyone!

I've read about that people in cruising community are nice but you guys are even nicer than I imaged were.

GordMay and SkiprJohn many thanks for you kindness.

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Thanks for your great idea. I will try that next summer, Qinhuangdao is just 2 hours drive from Beijing! I have sent a PM to let you know my email.

Skipmac & Lagoon4us both mentioned that a smaller boat might be a good start. Special thanks to you guys. All I wanted to do was selling my house and get a big boat, but why not achieve my dream more practically by getting wet on a dinghy.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:40   #12
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Skipmac & Lagoon4us both mentioned that a smaller boat might be a good start. Special thanks to you guys. All I wanted to do was selling my house and get a big boat, but why not achieve my dream more practically by getting wet on a dinghy.
They may be a little trickier for a new sailor but a small catamaran like a Hobie Cat can be really fun. Even old time sailors like myself can have a blast on one.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:55   #13
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Hi Yaoz, I'm in Fenghua now, south of Ningbo, arrived here last week from Chongqing and heading next week to Hengyang in Hunan. nice to see another from china, through I'm not Chinese. Kiwi TESOL teacher from New Zealand, did a year at a CQ university, came to Fenghua for a job that fell over and heading to Hengyang for work until June 2013.

I wish I could sail here, but I didn't like the look of the chongqing river water to risk flipping a lazer or opti type small boat and landing in the drink! Should be a little less polluted in the bay up there.
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