Yeah, they're a great bunch aren't they
Had the pleasure of meeting one of the people off here on Saturday - extremely helpful, and very friendly. And the interactions I've had with people from the board have been awesome.. I'm not gonna pull the name-dropping game, but some of the regulars on this site have a wealth of knowledge that has saved me $$'s, time, frustration, and have gone a long way in setting realistic expectations of myself and my boat. My PM's could probably fill a book.. You guys know who you are - grog's on me if our paths should ever cross.
And it only gets better when I'm at the club talking to sailors I actually *know*.. it's like class, money, and attitude all get chucked at the gate, and everyone's on an equal footing with a shared passion.
Of course, you get the odd douchebag, but then the odds are really good that he's a dock-monkey and really doesn't know much about his boat, sailing, or much of anything else at all. No loss there, and fodder for fun for the rest of us..
I've found that being a part of anything (car racing forums back in the day for example, or motorcycle forums) will bring a certain amount of friendliness and helpfulness - but nothing so far compares to the sheer camaraderie of the sailing community.