Re: I think I may do some racing!!!
first, need to be a yacht club member and join so cal PHRF and get a rating. so if not a member there is an up front cost. you could crew on a boat to see if it is for you.
second, enter the race and they will tell you the class you are to race in. based on PHRF rating.
third, get some one to skipper or call the shots on your first several races, someone that has raced before in the Newport Beach beer cans is prefered. the class you will be in is a good place to start racing.
Forth, get a crew and get out there and have some fun. just remember that there are rules and if you do not know them. the other racers will pick up on that and take advantage of you. some may be there for the fun but some of the racers in Newport Beach might be out for a little of your blood.
best way to learn how to sail well is to race your boat.
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