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Old 30-05-2008, 18:36   #1
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Hello From Ontario

I've been reading and dreaming about sailing around the world for most of my life, but I only recently started to actually sail. I'm finishing a sailing course now, and will be spending the summer crewing for weekly races in the Bay of Quinte area.

My plan is to buy a 10m boat next spring and spend the rest of the year getting to know and outfit her in local waters (Bay of Quinte and the Thousand Islands). I'll probably spend the next summer cruising the Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence. After a year of two of that, I plan on taking a few months and sailing to Europe.

That's only four or five years of sailing experience... but I've got the bug bad and I have a flexible enough job to make it possible to leave for months at a time.

Anyway, that's my plan. :-)

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Old 30-05-2008, 22:11   #2
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Listen Steve,
You can cram more good experiences into one year than most others get in don't let the 'only' five years worry you.
Good luck in achieving the dream - and look us up when you hit Europe!
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Old 30-05-2008, 22:19   #3
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Welcome to the board Stephan !.
I lived in Ontario years ago , but couldn't stand the "flat lands" and moved to BC . Never looked back ,this was the best decision I have ever made . I had a dream two years ago ,got the bug ,bought the boat a year ago and going cruising with the whole family in the fall . I took a curse, here on the Pacific coast ,ten days on board a 44 foot sailboat, but to be honest ,I learned much more when racing in my local yacht club. Good luck out there and fair winds.
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:32   #4
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Aloha Stephen,
Welcome aboard! You'll learn a lot about sail trim and performance while racing but the way to learn about cruising is to talk with cruisers and get yourself invited out for day sails on cruising boats if you can.
Good to have you here.
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