Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Oceanside CA
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Racing vs soloing
When you read the lightning or thistle is raced with a crew of 3, that does not mean it can't be sailed solo it means you would want 3 people to act as moveable ballast to keep the boat flat relative to the sail area you have up, and pull all the lines at the right time to make the boat go fast in a competitive way. That does not mean you can't solo that boat you just can't compete against 3 other sailors on another boat while solo.
I think you have two options buy the boat you want to race. Make a commitment to race and show up each race day, buy the first round for your crew after a race, buy lots of beer after a win and you should not have trouble finding crew. If you only race when your busy schedule allows it you will be racing solo against 3 person boats or recruiting anyone standing around at the marina on race nights, not the way to garner bullets.
If you can't commit to racing on a regular basis just buy a fun boat for camping and soloing and race other peoples boats, its cheaper that way plus they have to buy the first round. Hope that your family will join you on your boat. I agree the Catalina 22 would be a good choice, plenty of 20-22footers to choose from though; you may be able to race it in PHRF races, take it for short cruises and maybe get the family involved.
In your shoes I would be looking to arrange my schedule to race and buy myself a lightning.
West Wight Potter 14 "Lemon Drop"
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