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I am talking about racing and I would very much like to hear you comment, even if its bad.
A small, but strong and agile person would be a valued person on a race boat as foredeck crew. You often hear the term 'foredeck apes' and there are some big boys/girls out there for hauling big sails below in a hurry, but an agile, fit, lightweight person is invaluable esp on today's lightweight sport boats. But any small to medium sized race boat would love to have lightweight foredeck crew to minimize the upset to trim while racing when someone has to go to the bow.
Need to haul someone up the mast all of a sudden? a lot easier to get a 100 pounder up there than a 200 pounder.
You'd really only be at a big disadvantage on a large boat where weight is not so important and pure physical strength might be... and you'd need to bring a friend to be effective 'rail meat'....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)