Howdy and Welcome Aboard the Forum Peter and Hanna!
You posted a nice introduction
. And I also like that you see sailing as a way of meeting new people around the world. I feel that way too.
Since you are new to this forum, let me mention that there are also some "social groups" that are more focused on special interests. I am not a member
of those groups, but you should be able to find them if you do some exploring of the forum website, look for "groups."
Cruisers & Sailing Forums - All Groups
For example, a female sailor might be interested in the Mermaids Group. It has 206 members.
Profiles Help People Relate
You can also post a profile (when you sign up you can create a profile on this site or edit it later) and in that you can also post photos and a description of your sailing desires or experiences.
You may click on a member's name (avatar) to see their public profile and through that page you can also send them private messages if you wish. You can look at mine for an example, and see I have written something and also posted some photos in an album.
I encourage you to complete the profile early in your membership in the forum
, so those people who would like to know something about a new member
can learn. Unfortunately, I did not post a complete profile (due to ignorance about that feature of the site), until after I noticed that my empty profile page had already had 1,000 views by forum members. This meant I missed sharing information with those 1,000 folks who had some level of interest in who I am.
Not everyone does post any written "bio" or even a photo
of themselves, but I think it adds to the human factor of a community to see a face and know a little about that person, and makes it more "personal" or more "human."
I also encourage the use of a photo
of the sailor (or couple) as the avatar. I think it also adds to the "human community" aspect of the online experience.
Good luck on your sailing adventures and have fun!