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An important point has been made about the complexity of the rigging on a racing boat as compared to a cruising boat. Many racing boats have the following items in their rigging setup:

Mainsheet
Jib Sheets
Main Halyard
Jib Halyard
Spinnaker halyard
Spinnaker sheets and guys
Spinnaker pole downhaul
Spinnaker pole topping lift
Topping lift
Boom Vang
Cunningham
Running backstays
Barberhauls
Genoa car positioning lines
Mainsheet traveler positioning lines
Backstay adjuster
Reefing lines
Roller Furling lines
Spinnaker sock control lines

Many cruising sailboats only have:

Mainsheet
Main Halyard
Jib Halyard
Jib Sheets
Topping lift
Reefing lines
Roller Furling lines

Now, if you're a novice, and you have your family out with you... would you rather be dealing with a dozen lines or the almost thirty you might have on a boat rigged for racing. Add into that the fact that most racing boats are less stable designs and over-powered, you have a real good chance of convincing your family not to go sailing with you again.

When you learn in a lateen rigged sailing dinghy, you generally have two lines you worry about... the mainsail halyard, and the mainsail sheet. When you graduate to a sloop-rigged dinghy, it jumps to five lines to worry about on the small ones—two jib sheets, a main sheet and two halyards... and as you gain more experience, you generally end up with more lines and sail controls. Jumping into a racing boat as a novice is probably not a great idea.
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