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Thankful much?

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Phil Herring, Nov 26, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,395 posts, 286 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    It's a week filled with family, friends, and tryptophan. But the original purpose was to give thanks to those who have helped us.

    As sailors, we often need help and more often than not other sailors are happy to provide.

    So who helped you get into sailing? Give them a shout-out here... and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    869 posts, 150 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    Plebe Summer in Annapolis, learning to sail on 26ft knockabouts - great break from the normal hassles of life as a new Midshipman! Sail Master in Annapolis when I went there to teach Computer Science - showed me a lot of tricks on the Navy 44s that we took off shore.
     


  3. smokey73

    smokey73

    Joined Oct 26, 2010
    657 posts, 135 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Beaufort, SC
    Kappy, Same here. Plebe summer in Annapolis in 1969. Learned to sail on the knockabouts but really got the bug during plebe summer on the "Rage" (dontated to the Academy) for the plebe overnight down the Chesapeake. 18 year old country boy from Indiana on the bow with a long handled net scooping up crabs near the surface for a dinner that night. Never had a crab before let alone been on a sailboat! Didn't sail there other than that but it always made an impression on me.

    By the way, my grandson calls me Cappy?
     


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  4. CaptKimble

    CaptKimble

    Joined Jul 29, 2017
    157 posts, 66 likes
    Catalina 380
    US Los Angeles
    I first sailed at Summer Boy Scout Camp in CT as a young teenager on Pre AMF Sailfish ( not a Sunfish ...these things were surfboards with a sail, rudder and a dagger board ). I had the bug bad. Took me until I was in my late 40's to finally get myself a real sailboat ( an old Catalina 30 ).
     


  5. Mikem

    Mikem

    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    475 posts, 82 likes
    Hunter 466
    US Bremerton
    I also sailed plebe summer 1969 but had sailed a little before. My kayak was rigged for sail but obviously nothing like the navy 44s.

    Years later while stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville Fl a fellow pilot invited my wife and I on his Catalina 22. We drifted that hot summer afternoon on the St Johns River for an hour or so and then my buddy broke out some ice cold cokes. As the four of us sat at the dinette for me that was an aha moment. Just had to have my own boat so thanks to my buddy Ken the rest is history.
     


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  6. gdudik

    gdudik

    Joined Oct 25, 2017
    85 posts, 77 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Vancouver, WA
    A shoutout to the Portland State University Intercollegiate Sailing team, where I learned to sail on the Willamette River, and eventually ended up being Commodore of. Little did they know how much money they’d end up costing me.
     


  7. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,990 posts, 753 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    @Phil Herring my father introduced me to sailing in Jr Hi. But I have so much more than sailing to be thankful to him for. Just wished he lived a bit longer

    Les
     


  8. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    869 posts, 150 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    It's the same nickname my departed father had. Until he passed, I was K2.

    My time in Annapolis was a little later than yours - 1974. While I was on exchange with the UK Royal Navy, I spent two weeks each summer on their Nicholson 55 sail training craft. These boats were purpose-built in the early 1970s for what used to be called the Whitbread Round-the-World races. Awesome boats, but too much to even contemplate single handing.
     


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  9. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,826 posts, 2,025 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I’m thankful for all the contributors here on SBO. But even more so for @Phil Herring, @Dave Groshong , @Blyb and all of the others who make this site possible.

    (Y’all may think this sounds corny but I mean it.)
     


  10. Brian D

    Brian D Moderator

    Joined Feb 17, 2006
    4,186 posts, 812 likes
    Lancer 27PS
    US MCB Camp Pendleton, Ca KF6BL
    In the early 70's while living in Iran, I was invited to the Caspian Sea coast with friends. One of my friends had a sailboat, an Albacore Sailing Dinghy. Well, my friend took me out and that was it. I was totally blown away at how the boat can move just on a puff of air. I was hooked from that day forward. Finally took Sailing Lessons when I was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Ca. Sometime in the 80's.
     


  11. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    9,652 posts, 2,706 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    What a great boat. While originally designed to contend for the Admirals Cup, one did indeed finish 2nd (corrected) in the very First Whitbread race. Tough boat!!
     


  12. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    9,652 posts, 2,706 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Used to sail on my friends Laser in 7-9th grade. Then my parents bought in as minority owners in our friends Ericson 29. My parents we not much of sailors, but I learned TONS from Mr Robert Timm. I can still remember the day we pointed that thing toward the empty horizon, and then 8 hours later Isle Royale emerged out of the fog. Magic. Hooked ever since.
     


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  13. smokey73

    smokey73

    Joined Oct 26, 2010
    657 posts, 135 likes
    Hunter 40.5
    US Beaufort, SC
    Kappy, when where you Sailmaster at the Boat School? My son went there from 2003 to 2007 and taught sailing on the Colgate 26's his youngster year and was a Midn Skipper on a 44 from Annapolis to/from Halifax.
     


  14. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    869 posts, 150 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    I wasn't the Sailmaster, but I did sail with him. Taught there from 1992-1995.
     


  15. FDL S2

    FDL S2

    Joined Jun 29, 2014
    225 posts, 84 likes
    S2 7.3
    US Fond du Lac
    We were caretakers for a Lightning growing up, my brothers and I had no idea how to sail and when we used it we became very proficient at putting it on its side. When I was in college I had a roommate named Dave whose family had a balboa 19 and I remember thinking that sailing was pretty cool when you were with someone who knew how to sail. After college my friend Kurt had access through work to a Bayliner Buccaneer and we would take that slow, terrible sailing bathtub out and thrash it and man was that fun! After a few years of sailing that boat, about a month after a family tragedy, Kurt told me about a Coronado MKII that we could get for free. He was my partner in the boat, but I took care of it and used it all the time. I WAS HOOKED! I've had two hobies,a daysailer and my current S2 since then.

    So thanks to Dave and Kurt (especially Kurt for getting me into a boat to occupy my time while my mind tried to process some stuff) for getting me into this great sport, activity, lifestyle, and obsession.
     


  16. NYSail

    NYSail

    Joined Jan 6, 2006
    1,868 posts, 125 likes
    Beneteau 423
    US Mt. Sinai, NY
    My parents would send me up in the summers to stay with my uncle on Long Island as a teen..... he would take a month off and we would sail up to Martha’s Vineyard and all in between first on his 1969 cal 2-30 then his 1978 cal 34 III. I ended up buying his 34-III......married a great woman who also loves to sail and the rest is history.
     


  17. dLj

    dLj

    Joined Mar 23, 2017
    290 posts, 99 likes
    Hunter 30
    US Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
    I've loved boats since I can remember. I bought my first boat at about 12 years old. A canoe that needed to be completely rebuilt. I don't actually remember what was the first sailboat I sailed, it was likely either a sunfish or a sailfish. When I was about 15 my brother and I did a camping trip up in Canada on a secluded lake. I found a wooden motor boat half buried in the shore. The Stern was broken out, but I got the boat to float with the balance set up right. I built a mast and rigged it with a tarp for a sail and we sailed that thing all over that lake!

    I continued sailing inland lakes until I moved to San Sebastian Spain. There I bought a lovely sailboat with an interesting pedigree. The guy I bought it from, Xavier Medizabal Frutos, became one of my best friends. He taught me ocean sailing. We spent many times sailing together. The Bay of Biscay is a very tough teacher. 9 meter tides, tough weather patterns, hard to enter ports are just some of the ways it is a tough area to sail. Xavi was an excellent sailor and teacher. There have been many others, but he was the most influential of any single person from my sailing history.

    dj
     


  18. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,990 posts, 753 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    I am very very thankful I met my beautiful Bride of 34yrs while sailing on the Snake River.
     


  19. glaufman

    glaufman

    Joined May 23, 2016
    88 posts, 18 likes
    O'Day 1984 23
    US Island Park, NY
    Dad started me sailing when I was 3... Sill remember as a teenager sailing away in his friends dinghy without a care in the world... Herd friend ask Dad "will he be able able to get back?" " No problem " was he response, possibly eveneven confident than I was... Just one of many times it seemed like dads the only one who believed in me... Gonna call him tomorrow and thank him before it's too late...
     


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  20. Ken Cross

    Ken Cross

    Joined Oct 24, 2010
    1,855 posts, 280 likes
    Hunter 30
    US Everett, WA
    As an adult, I had never sailed but wanted a boat we could overnight on. We bought a McGregor 26D. I had raised the mast and sails in the backyard on the trailer. The friend who was planning to teach us to sail was unable to come because his wife and kids were ill. We put it in the water with the idea that we could always drop the sails and motor back. I learned to sail on my own. I would come to this site and read about something, then go out and try it. Therefore you taught me to sail, and for that I am thankful.

    Ken
     


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