Introduction and bullseye on my forehead

Discussion in 'The Dockhouse' started by wpbdude, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. wpbdude

    wpbdude New Member

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    LOL

    Hi all, I've been reading this site for a few weeks now and finally joined. I'm a 30 something guy who just got back into sailing ( zuma ) and want to work my way up to Laser sailing. I just got lucky and had a new friend (customer) offer me space on his beach (West Palm Beach, Intracoastal Water way).. Hope to have good exchanges with everyone here and hopefully add some value back to the forum...

    <throw rotten fruits and vegetables now>

    :)

    -West Palm Beach Dude...
     
  2. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, if you really want. . .

    . . .nah, we're more laid back than that here. Welcome. What a cool place to be offered beach space. Envy.
     
  3. wpbdude

    wpbdude New Member

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    Nice. Someone else who can't sleep.. :) Yes, I still can't beleive it.. the Intracoastal waterway there is quite wide and so far seems to have at least a constant wind from either due east or south (beach is on the west side). Wind lately has been a nice 10 - 18 kts. First day I put the boat in the water to get it to this beach was insane, 18 - 25 kts with crazy gusts and this was the first time I've EVER sailed a NON-keeled small boat! But I had been reading alot of books and posts on this site and did not capsize yet ! Had a few close calls though and would love to have seen it from anothers view (me letting go of main and leaping for life onto high side of boat !!!!

    :)
     
  4. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Not insomnia this time--I'm in California on business, so subtract three hours.

    25 knots your first time out, either gutsy or INSANE!
     
  5. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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    Welcome

    (And be careful, don't give to many hints about your WPB location, lest you have a bunch of old farts, myself included looking for you in Feb.:D )

    Have you wandered over to the Palm Beach Sailing Club ? It's a nice club, with some really nice people there.
     
  6. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Gosh, I like the way you think!
     
  7. wpbdude

    wpbdude New Member

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    The friends who let me keep my boat on their beach are about a half mile south of the Palm Beach Sail club (and they are board members) :)

    Anyone here ever makes their way down to Palm Beach can contact me for help, local information, etc...
     
  8. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks!


    See what happens when you withhold the rotten veggies!
     
  9. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    Go ahead and get the capsizes under your belt. Go out on a day of little breeze and pull the boat over on yourself. That way you won't have to worry about what you're going to do when it happens for real, and it will.....
     
  10. wpbdude

    wpbdude New Member

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    I thought about doing this yesterday, but it was like 12 - 15kts and I was having too much fun. I almost capsized a few times unintentionally though! Another person sailing with me (in a different boat), just got his laser, but he had zero problems as he is the Master Sailor - trainer at one of the clubs around here. Thank GOD he wasn't around for some of my "jibe goes 360 - stand on one gunwale while reaching up for the other" episodes !!!
     

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