Discuss anything sailing.
-Competitive or casual?
best kind of /out/ imo
used to go sailing every summer when I was a kid, then puberty hit and I just stayed home playing vidya and by the time I started to enjoy it again my father had died and we sold the boat
used to have a Swede 38. fast for a boat her age and beautiful lines. hard to handle solo tho.
in the future I want to get back into this. don't have the money or time yet tho. used to dream about crossing the atlantic solo. don't anymore.
>in the future I want to get back into this
Don't wait for the future yacht, just buy or rent a windsurfer or a laser or even a fucking Optimist, anything to get yourself back under canvas next summer. Even shitty sailing is heaps better than no sailing.
In my country we have hella lot of islands in the archipelago and even tho I'm used to 30+ foot boats I figure one could just pack a tent and sleeping bag and hop island to island.
gf's family has a bigger boat tho but last summer schedules didnt allow for sailing on my part, hoping next summer
so much /out/
so little time and money
No one over twelve could ever sail one of those bathtubs without sinking it, anon.
On topic, I was a competitive big boat (C&C 34R) and dinghy (420/FJ) racer all my life until I took a job in Las Vegas for two years. Sailing on Lake Mead just doesn't do it for me.
But now I'm moving to New Orleans next year for medical school. Anyone know about the sailing scene down there?
Also, for all the people asking how to get into sailing, find your local yacht club and see if anyone needs crew. There will always be someone, unless you live in Annapolis where everyone and their grandmother sails.
At first, just stay out of the way. Be the best ballast you can be. But observe. Watch the timing of pulling in the sheets. See the different techniques of the other crew. Observe the sail shape at different points of sail. When you're asked to step up as a trimmer or grinder, you'll be ready.
Also, to those saying sailing is only for rich people: You can get a used Laser for less than $5k. If you don't mind being slow as fuck, you can find an old Cape Dory or other full keeled boat for $10-15k. Yes, you have to make sacrifices, but sailing is possible at all middle-class income levels.
ahhh yes. prince charles. i will always love you.
I'm from New Orleans anon. Sailing is so-so, or at least I think. I'm 19 and used to sail at a camp in Mississippi from 2005-2008 or something like that. Post Katrina yatch club was actually pretty fun. I belonged to BWYC. The regatta was a pretty big thing. I never sailed here in New Orleans but I know SYC, southern yatch club on the lake, is pretty competitive. I was never big on sailing here because it wasn't summer and the lake sucks imo. All in all though you should be able to come down here and find some place to sail. Last time I sailed was in high school and it was a 420. Fun fucker.
Anybody know anything about Hobie's? I'm looking to get back into sailing. I have experience but it's been a while. Looking for something 13-16 feet. The wave or getaway is ideal. Any cat feedback welcome
i would love to learn to sail. plan on making it my 5 year plan to get a job on a small sailboat in the gulf somewhere and save up for my own . then spend a year or 2 sailing the gulf until i get the balls to strike out over the atlantic and just see where it takes me