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Old 22-07-2011, 23:22   #1
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After receiving the official "permission to come on (this) board", I feel Like I'm at home already.
Hi;my name is Jaap G. Klasema, originally from The Netherlands and a proud Frysian. I have sailed/worked/lived in Canada (15 yrs.); N.Z. (10yrs.) and -currently- Thailand (18 yrs.).

I am proud of the fact that (my dad forced me !) I have sailed solo since before my 5th birthday. This was in (then) an 'A-Jol', which is the pre-runner to today's Optimist. Big difference; the A-Jol was made of marine-ply and needed to be sanded-down & re-varnished/painted every winter. I also did this (my dad forced me,again !) also, since I was 5 years old !

Sailed FJ; 16 m2, Tjotters (typical Frysian 'flat-bottoms with lee-boards) & Vauriens in Holland; Cal-20 in Canada & very fanatically, Lasers in NZ.

Here in Thailand, it has been mostly Lasers (due to lack of time), but I am about to acquire a 'real' ship, since my recent run-in with a guy who sailed solo from the UK to Thailand in 9 months, really wet my appetite for the 'bigger-work'. I was fortunate to sail on his 37' Benneteau, right here in the Gulf-of-Thailand - and I simply got "hooked" like a fish ! !

I'll post the story of this chap on this Board, once I figure-out where to stick it; very interesting story alright !

Anyway; great to be here and I'll be a regular visitor.

Incidentally; anyone putting into the Eastern Seaboard of Thailand; don't hesitate to contact me at any time for assistance.


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Old 24-07-2011, 19:57   #2
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here on the forum. It sounds like you've sailed lots of smaller type craft. Yes, the big boats are fun too.
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Old 24-07-2011, 21:19   #3
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Welcome Aboard
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Old 25-07-2011, 03:52   #4
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jaap.
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