Not Very Smooth Racing Bottom
Sailormon6: Thank you for your remarks. We certainly agree that smooth bottoms are better. It''s the smoothing that''s the rub.
To put it all in context, our venue is a 30-boat, mixed-fleet club racing under PHRF. My wife and I race a 30-foot, 9700# Mercator with a tall rig, and do quite well in light air when getting from one cat''s paw to the next is the name of the game. Being quite a bit the most senior on the course, we certainly don''t domnate but manage to win often enough that we aren''t taken for granted and seem to provide a nice ''high'' for those who can best us. This makes it fun for us and for them which may not be a bad thing. Our aspirations are to remain interesting competition and to "tweek''em" when they aren''t looking! We admit this doesn''t do much for advancing the sport but trust it is not a disservice. Now thanks to your last paragraph we may even be virtuous----naw. Cheers, George