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Different types of sailors.

At sixty five and young I still get a thrill out of beating to windward... My favorite point of sail. love the challenge and work involved.
This wonderful pastime can be enjoyed by many people enjoying many different types of sailing from circumnavigation to day sailing,
from racing to family outings.
Recently there was a question from a college student about getting his first boat... What a great thing it is to get INVOLVED so early in life and to carry this hobby/passion forward.
That's all.
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At sixty five and young I still get a thrill out of beating to windward...
Gentlemen never sail to weather. - Denton Moore
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Gentlemen never sail to weather. - Denton Moore
After living in Squamish for nearly 25 years, clearly I'm no gentleman!

(it was a 20 mile beat to get anywhere... and it's still our favourite point of sail, esp when we've got the flat water we had in upper Howe Sound.)

In a related issue to the OP - how gratifying is it to see your own kids take to sailing themselves!
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We had a 6 hour beat into 30 knots of wind with heavy rain in our last overnight race. Looking to crew, are you?
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At sixty five and young I still get a thrill out of beating to windward... My favorite point of sail. love the challenge and work involved.
Only 61, don,t race my boat, no point on a Centaur anyway, and like to sail with the wind.
Mostly plan a daysail or port hopping with the wind in mind to get me out and back without too much hastle.
Lucky there plenty of good spots for lunch or lazing in all directions from Balbriggan harbour.
Some of the local, and more energetic sailors have remarked on this approach and have pointed out the need to beat away from danger.
Course I could if I had to but then a heavy displacement bilgkeeker like mine wont make much headway directly to windward.
My normal reply, its better to avoid those situations altogether.
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...Only 61, don,t race my boat, no point on a Centaur anyway......
I have never even taken my boat off the dock without racing her. Of course, my competitor rarely knows we are in a race.
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It seems as though I am beating 90% of the time too. My fav is of course the beam.....Cursed is the run but I do like sitting on the stern seat in a 4' following sea and let the AP do the work as I am rolled up and down from surf to climb.... (trying not to hit crab pots)
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I have never even taken my boat off the dock without racing her. Of course, my competitor rarely knows we are in a race.
Definition of a sailboat race: any two boats on the same tack.
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Two goin' on the same direction! Ain't that the truth... Race is on..
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I LOVE beating to wind. But that's because my boat does as well. I've had other boats that didn't and it wasn't nearly as fun.
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