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Here's a different spin on the question for you:
In racing, the boat is entered in the race, not the skipper.
My racing skipper had to go out of town on business, so he was going to miss a Wednesday night race. We have the Governor's Cup race coming up. He wanted us to continue to hone our skills, and he didn't want to forfeit the points for not racing.
So we raced the boat on his behalf, without him aboard. One of his best friends was the skipper, the friend's wife was tactician and main trimmer. I can tell you that we were all a little nervous and treated the boat as if it were our own. Actually, we as crew are invested in his boat. We like to sail her, and we help maintain her, so we were motivated to treat her well, and race her well.
So as odd as this may sound, I would trust an invested crew (who are also friends) to race my new Pearson 30 more than I would trust an un-invested friend to day sail her casually.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168
Last edited by Ajax_MD; 08-02-2011 at 06:46 AM.