The mystery of the sea has been calling to sailors for thousands of years. These dreams are fueled by watching sailing races, hearing stories of friends’ sailing adventures, catching a glimpse of sailboats in the background of a movie, driving over a bridge on your way to work while seeing sails gliding in the breeze, and, of course, from your first time on a sailboat!
As sailors are passionate about learning, you can always find great learning tools. These include excellent books, intriguing videos, interesting community lectures, fun group sailing trips, and a sailing friend to help teach you new things. As you study and learn, make sure to challenge yourself to learn new skills. Below is a list of skills to slowly add to your skill set:
- Docking in new locations
- Single handing
- Sailing at night
- Navigating to a new destination
- Sailing offshore
- Anchoring overnight
- Cooking and barbecuing aboard
- Sailing for a long weekend
- Using the VHF radio
- Chartering in a new county
When people learn about SailTime, they may have been sailing for years or their family had a boat growing up. Sometimes they are brand new to sailing. At SailTime, we listen to their sailing dreams and lend them our knowledge about sailing. We help them have a boat owner-like experience without having to make the commitment of buying a boat. Joining SailTime for a year is as easy as selecting a sailboat from our fleet, choosing a membership level, and signing up for custom private sailing lessons. There is no need to spend years trying to pick the perfect boat before you even know what the perfect boat is for you! As every SailTime base has different regional conditions, each base will coach their members to ensure they have a safe, fun sailing experience in their local environment. A new sailor will need to study and take certifications before they can skipper the boat themselves. Because knowledge fades over time, a rusty sailor will need refresher time on the water to learn about “their” new boat and to remember rules of the road, charts, and navigation. When the experienced salty sailor joins SailTime, they will need to learn about the electronics, docking, and location of safety gear. With a SailTime membership, you have a team to help ensure you have a great time adding sailing to your life.