Basic sailing is done!

I have officially finished my Basic Sailing Class thanks to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center!  This is their site —> http://www.mbaquaticcenter.com

I researched sailing classes for a little while and found that Mission Bay Aquatic was the most affordable.  My Basic Sailing class was $155, with the option of getting a discount “bundle” of 3 sailing courses for $355.  I like that I didn’t have to commit to the bundle immediately; I had the option to wait until my last basic class to decide.  I went for it, so I’ll start advanced sailing soon, then “Laser Sailing”, yeah!

Other classes that I found at different locations cost upwards of $400 for one course, which is out of my budget.

Here are some funny photos I took with my “Faux Pro” camera.  Since I need to have one hand on the tiller and one hand on the main sheet (the rope connected to the main sail) I just sort of hit the button when I could.

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Our goal was to sail around Vacation Island, an island located in Mission Bay. Parts of the bay have no speed restrictions, so we had to be aware of a number of other boaters. By the way, other boaters include: large sailboats, rented boats, motor boats, motor boats with things attached to them such as skiers and tubes with people in them, drunk boaters (or “boaters who have been having a good time”, as my instructor put it😉).   There was very little wind yesterday, and I was the only one in the class who successfully sailed around the island; everyone else hat to be towed by the instructor.

I really enjoyed the class.  We started sailing the first day and learned quickly. We focused on parts of the boat, knots, basic turns; tacking (into the wind) and jibing (with the wind at your back), as well as terminology.  Being in the water with real boaters helped me too, as opposed to being in a special section away from everyone else.  There were a number of times I felt afraid and panicked, and quite frankly wanted to get the hell out of the boat, but that quickly subsided and was replaced with pure happiness.  I love it out there!

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Hey everyone, I’m going to live on a sailboat!!

imageHi and thanks for stopping by!  This is the home of my little blog to document my journey to become a liveaboard.  For those who are unfamiliar with “liveaboard”, that is a term for a person who lives on a boat.  I had never heard of it until about two months ago.   This is a casual place for me to share my ups and downs along the way, along with what I learn (hopefully).

My main goal is to have a place of my own. I live in San Diego, California, and there is no way I can afford a house here.  I currently rent a room from a lovely couple who just had a baby.  It’s great, but I’d like my own little world.  I have a 15 year old Border Collie named Kaleigh. Having a dog may present a couple of hurdles for me, especially an older gal.

I hope to get this all going by Christmas time 2015.  I have already begun the process, so the next few posts will be a recap of what I’ve done thus far.  I always welcome helpful hints or recommendations, so feel free to share your thoughts with me!

Ill do my best to keep this story flowing and interesting, so please stay tuned and check back when you’ve got some time, photos coming soon!

-Eileen (and Kaleigh)