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Old 12-01-2021, 15:20   #1
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My husband and I are fascinated by all things sailing...Though I have never stepped foot on a sailboat. I've been on plenty of motor boats and love the water but never touched a halyard and don't know the purpose of a spinnaker. There is a lake near us that offers lessons, and we are very excited about it.

I'm new to posting but have been reading through a bunch of CF posts for a few months now...I'm amazed at the sheer volume of knowledge here and hope to learn from those who have been sailing for years or decades. Glad this forum exists!!
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Old 12-01-2021, 15:29   #2
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My husband and I are fascinated by all things sailing...Though I have never stepped foot on a sailboat. I've been on plenty of motor boats and love the water but never touched a halyard and don't know the purpose of a spinnaker. There is a lake near us that offers lessons, and we are very excited about it.

I'm new to posting but have been reading through a bunch of CF posts for a few months now...I'm amazed at the sheer volume of knowledge here and hope to learn from those who have been sailing for years or decades. Glad this forum exists!!
Welcome aboard Dawn79! Be careful! Once you pull on that rope that pulls in that boom thingy and you make that big piece of fabric curve into a beautiful wing, and your boat takes off, you'll be hooked... and then you're in for it!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Dawn.
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Old 13-01-2021, 15:09   #4
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Good luck. Sailing is a wonderful sport/activity. Where are you located?

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The wind can carry many things, yet it is our dreams that ride on it so very far.


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Old 13-01-2021, 18:11   #6
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Welcome. It’s not really hard to learn. Find a club and someone will show you the basics in a day. Forget learning all the nautical terms for a while...just learn to do it. Find a small dinghy that sails like a Bauer or Trinka ...lots of others if you ask here. You’ll probably flip it and that will be your most memorable and fun sail you will ever have ...you can keep the dinghy for any big boat you buy. Being a crew on a boat is also a way to learn.
My crew is composed of manatees who leave pizza boxes and empty beer cans everywhere, fall asleep on watch and offgas unapologetically.
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Welcome to CF...
If you don't mind Tippy Tippy (life at between 5 and 15 degrees) then sailing monohulls is for you..
If not look at Catamarrans or stick to powerboats..
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Old 13-01-2021, 20:33   #8
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The desert is an ocean in which no oar is dipped.... wait wait wait, I got something wrong...

Hmmm. Ah yes, No man / woman sails the same water twice, yes I think that one is better..

Enjoy the journey of your sailing life, welcome aboard, some quite clever folk here, lots of knowledge as well.

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Hi and welcome from Ontario Canada

The fact that you recognise a halyard and spinnaker are both sailboat items is pretty good.

Taking classes is definitely a good idea. I had an absolute blast while out getting certified. Evaluation day was rotten, very windy (boarder line on calling it for safety) and raining. When my instructor asked me if I wanted to postpone my evaluation I replied if I can't handle this I'll never be able to solo circumnavigate. And off we went.

Best. Time. Ever.

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