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post #11 of 50 Old 10-05-2011
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There's an old saying>>>
It Ain't the size of the dog in the fight
It's the size of the "fight" in the dog.....
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My wife is 4'-9" and weighs in at 102# soaking wet. She is a good sailor and a good crew-mate with "alotta" fight (and a good sense of humor).

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Wait...didn't Randy Newman settle all questions such as these back in the late 70s?
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for dinghy racing (typically 2-person crew), you'll be in demand as crew by the heavier skippers. Crew weight is crucial in a boat which may not outweigh its crew. So, if 280 is the optimal weight, then the 180 skippers will seek you out.

I'm a guy, not that big. I've found small stature to be an advantage around boats, simply because you take up less of the limited space, in any direction. Generally it's not a question of strength per se that's important, but knowing how to apply the strength you have.

On any boat (other than maybe a dingy if I need a heavier crew to make the 280 for example) I would take a knowledgeable willing 100 over a sailor of any other weight who lacks those qualities.
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Just don't buy a Finn.

Also there other dinghies where crew weight is an issue but in general you will be in demand where the single or combined crew weight is on the low side.
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I am talking about racing and I would very much like to hear you comment, even if its bad.
Back when I was but a wee lad... I used to race an OK Dinghy. Great boat, but I was simply not competitive when the wind came up. In light air, I was tough to beat.

The same was the case when I switched to Laser. This was when they first came out. I didn't have enough weight to keep the boat trimmed in a blow. This was before the short rig was available.

However, I did race a 14' CLark. I didn't have as much of an issue there, partly because I had a crew member to do the majority of the hiking.

So, size can be a factor, but don't let it stop you. I have a box full of trophies gathering dust somewhere as evidence that you can race well in dinghies even if you are small.

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I am talking about racing and I would very much like to hear you comment, even if its bad.
Sorry, when I said; "Sounds like you are talking about racing. I'm not gonna comment on that." it was because I don't race. Not because I had something negative to say.
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Short is good - you bump your head less.

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Our crew on the Bene 36.7. I'm sure you can guess who our primary bow person is. One of the best foredecks I've had the pleasure to sail with.

You will be in high demand if you spread the word and have the required skills. A boat looking for lightweight crew is your next ride. Someone looking for a gorilla on a grinder is not your spot. They'll give that to the 6'3" 235# dood in the gym who's benching a VW.

Single handing a light dinging in breeze, you will struggle in breeze depending on the boat.

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I was also thinking of the Randy newman song......

Reality is, if you look at the bigger boats racing, MOST not all, most have someone on the smaller size as noted doing foredeck. As it does not sink the bow down as much, a long with causing some serious weather helm. At least on my boat any how! Small or large stature folks are both needed depending upon the position/place on the boat. Really no different than some sports, ala basketball/football, all shapes and sizes of folks play, but taller skinny will be a center vs guard in B-ball etc.

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Thanks, but you guys all talk about me crewing, what about skippering?
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