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Learning to sail
Posted March 5th, 2013 - 8:01 am by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
Hello anyone !
I plan to do some boat hitchiking but my knowledge of sailing is very close to nothing. I've checked the official way to learn but it is very expensive. So I was wondering if someone from the North of France, The Netherlands, Belgium or even Great Britain is going to sail a bit in the next few months and be kind enough to teach me a little bit of his knowledge?

Thanks !

Cath

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:19 am by from Arcachon, France (Permalink)
Hi Catherine,
I'm sailor from my 8 years old in Argentina and Spain. Mostly racing but motor boating actually.
I can suggest you to approach the sailing clubs nearest you on the week-ends.
All big sail-boats needs local crew to race, and is not easy to find people with enough motivation. Any boat owner will probably be more than happy to learn you if you help on board.
Come with rubber shoes a marine sweet, and ask directly on the pier before they leave to race.
You can also check with the sailing clubs "bourse of matelots" and on the net ;-)
Cheers,
Marcelo

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Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:29 am by from Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel (Permalink)
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Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:27 am by from Cardwell, Australia (Permalink)
most clubs in australia have a crew list on race day, you just show and put ur name down and you will get a sail because either crew dont turn up, or the skipper yells too much and the crew gets the shits

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:55 am by from Arcachon, France (Permalink)
Nice to understand that helps you too Ekaterina :-)
Unfortunately I'm in a Thai fishing house-boat project, otherwise I'll be more than happy learning to sail to everybody. Sailing is a passion.
Cheers,
Marcelo