Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?
With regard to prepping the boat for racing I'm definately with the let's not take it to the extreme crowd. IMO, within hard core amateur racing there is a certain amount of propaganda buy-in going on. No doubt, that all things being equal, a well prepared, lite weight boat will sail faster than a lesser prepared heavier boat. But there's the rub! As pointed out, all things are never equal. Usually, sailing mistakes, or even luck enters into the picture and erases whatever advantages the perfectly prepared boat has on the rest of the fleet. Being in the right place to take advantage of a wind shift, perfectly timing the start, perfectly executing every tack and gybe. sailing a perfect course, not overstanding the lay line etc etc etc. All factors in the finshing position. And, neatly explains why, for example in some parts, the J22 that is kept on a mooring in the river, is a contender with the shinny bottomed J's that get lifted in and out of the water for every race.
Last edited by TJC45; 09-03-2013 at 12:38 PM.