I e-mailed the Y, and I could possibly start Beginning Adult Sailing classes the first Tuesday night in June. 5 weeks. Supposedly 80% is hands on and 20% classroom. $150.
Hmmm. This is really enticing, because although I can get away with fudging the sailing in this novel a bit (it's not very central), I won't always be able to do so. And I suspect, somehow, that sailing is a thing one can't really learn from a book.
(I've been reading the books, and I feel strongly that I'm missing something.)
1) It's $150, so someone needs to buy a story from me...
2) Have I mentioned that I'm almost phobic about getting into natural bodies of water? I hate flying over them. I think they smell bad, and things live in them (and die in them, and perform all manner of bodily functions in them). Ew! The squick factor is pretty high.
Have I taken classes in Horsemanship, Rappelling, Mountaineering, Archery, Fencing? Have I learned to ride and care for camels? Yes.
Do any of those involve getting into natural bodies of water? No.
Yes, the squick factor could definitely be a problem.
YMCA (not the song)
May 5th, 2010