Sailing Lessons

» 07 May 2004 » In Bay Area, Pursuits »

So I’ve been getting into sailing more and more lately. The last outing was on a 33 foot Moorings Beneteau boat. Myself, Anil, Fergus, and 3 other people chartered it on Sunday and went to have fun around the SF bay. Pictures are here.

And I have also signed up for sailing lessons. I’ve already gone on the introductory sail one, but Basic Keelboat Sailing starts tomorrow. 2 hours of theory + 4 hours on the water every Saturday and Sunday for two weeks. Then it’s Basic Coastal Cruising, with the same schedule. So when I’m done I’m supposed to know all the strange and wonderful nautical terms such as clew, luff, shroud, forestay, leeward, jib, halyard, and beam reach. When I first opened the sailing instruction book I realized what the non-computer people must feel like when faced with a text from the Computer section of the bookstore.

Where will this lead? Who knows.. Maybe sailing around the world, maybe just puttering around the bay on the weekend. And to give you a taste of what it’s like, here’s a tongue-in-cheek quote:

Someone once said that to experience the thrill of sailing one only needs to go in the shower fully clothed, turn the cold water on, and start tearing $20 bills.
Luigi Semenzato

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  1. andrei
    07/05/2004 at 3:19 pm Permalink

    Here are some more terms for ya:

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    Jeremy Zawodny
    07/05/2004 at 10:20 pm Permalink


    Maybe I’ll get into it next year. Flying seems to consume all my spare time these days…

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    Barnaby James
    19/05/2004 at 7:11 am Permalink

    Great photos! I’ve done the same course at spinnaker (Keelboat and Basic Coastal Cruising) in the Southbay (Redwood City). I’d really like to do some sailing in the North. Sausalito looks like it would be a good place to start — sailing in the south bay mostly consists of sailing to the San Mateo bridge (or *gasp* Oyster Point) and then trying to get back before dark!

    I still need to get my Bareboat chartering certification. Maybe I will do that in Sausalito – I think you get alot more experience sailing there because the wind / waves are alot more serious.

    The terminology seems confusing at first but it doesn’t take that long to get. Arg!

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