careful now wrote:
Buy a Topper and a How to sail book,what's the worst that could happen? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC-xNzIg1Lk
As a kid I turned a Topper turtle in Poole harbour, and got the mast stuck in the mud. Ended up with hypothermia.
What do you want to sail? Little boats on lakes, or yachts in the sea? If little boats, then day skipper and competent crew is useless.
I'd recommend learning to sail a dinghy. My parents and I learnt at Rockley Point, Poole. This is where I'm sending my wife to learn to sail. I have fond memories of it, but it was over 20 years ago.
I have done my competent crew, and sailed the length of the South Coast, to Ireland, the Atlantic, and from Trinidad to USVI, amongst other places. I haven't done the skipper courses, but have skippered a 39' yacht.
It's not a cheap hobby, but is fun. If you do want to buy a yacht, my mums selling a nice ocean going 39 footer
Diamond Back WCF 4.0 96; Diamond Back Axis 94; Diamond Back Axis R 96; For sale Diamond Back Axis Pro 93 frameset 19"
Gone, not forgotten: Jamis Dakar Sport 89?; Diamond Back Topanga 92; Diamond Back Ascent 93, 94 & 95