Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Sailing and Racing
I started sailing in 2003 on a Catalina 22. Went out with an experienced friend one time. Read a lot of books (and internet web pages), practiced what I read, read more, practiced more. Moved up from the 22 to a Newport 28 (with inboard engine, marine head, water system, galley, etc.). Went out in all weather, etc. Moved up again to an O'day 35.
This year I started racing (as crew) on Wednesday nights to learn more about sailing. The owner of the boat is a very experienced sailer. I found out that I did know about sail trim, etc. but I have learned a few things that have been very beneficial - such as, to point as high as possible, the boom needs to be on the centerline of the boat. On my boat, I can't ever trim the main in tight enough to do that, it always falls off to leeward. On the race boat there were two strips of tape on the traveller, about 3" left and right of center. When you go to weather, you RAISE the traveller so the middle of the car lines up with the tape. Then, when the mainsheet is trimmed properly, the boom will be centered. The next day I did some experiments and put tape on my traveller. It helped me point a few degrees higher without a drop on speed. Nothing earth shattering, but something that did not occur to me.
I like racing on other boats - I am more of a cruiser myself, but if a simple adjustment can make the boat go faster, why not make it?
Anyway, racing can teach you a lot about sail TRIM and race tactics, but there is a lot to SAILING than racing.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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