I first learned how to sail a dinghy more than twenty years ago. I had been teaching sailing to kids at town facility on Long Island and soon after my brother and I bartered with a friend for a Sunfish. We spent a few years sailing the Sunfish in the Great South Bay. It quickly became a passion of mine but when I moved into New York City a few years later I kind of forgot about it for a long time. For one reason or another, I just never ended up in situations where I had good access to being on boats or on the water, even though I always loved it when I did it.
It’s my own fault. I should have pursued this interest more much earlier.
Recently I found out that my wife loves to sail. We’d been married for a few years and living in the City and just never got around to exploring this hobby from my past. But when we did during the Summer 2012, she truly got hooked. I counted that as a good thing. It was late in the season so we didn’t get much boating in during 2012 but when the 2013 season started, I set a new goal.
I wanted to, within a year, have the skill and experience needed to charter a 30-foot cruising sailboat with my wife for a week.
Pretty much everything I did during Summer 2013 was centered around that goal.
I can’t tell you how to learn to sail, but I can tell you a little about how I first learned and am continuing to learn. That’s what I plan to do with this page, as things progress…
Recently sailed with Captain Dan near the Channel Islands off the coast of California.
Other places I spent time sailing, motoring, or hanging around boats during Summer 2013 included:
- Cedar Creek / Barnegat Bay, Bayville, NJ
- Toms River
- Lake Nockamixon, PA
- Hudson River near New York Harbor
- Chesapeake Bay
- Riverside, NJ
- Santa Monica Bay, CA
- Monterey Bay, CA
- Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA
- Havre de Grace, MD
- Annapolis, MD
It’s all been great and I’ll be giving more details on those adventures and links to the good people who have taught me and allowed me to rent their boats as this page progresses.