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If i am a decent skipper does it even matter what my body type is?
It took three pages to get here but in my opinion, no. A decent skipper is more than his or her body.
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It took three pages to get here but in my opinion, no. A decent skipper is more than his or her body.
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Yes, as long as they have a koozie duct-taped to their head.


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If i am a decent skipper does it even matter what my body type is?
Sometimes it does matter. If the boat is light and doesn't like weight in the stern, then you don't want a 250# skipper. You'll have an advantage being smaller. When it's blowing 18-20, you're going to be sliding sideways in your dingy upwind if you're single handing. Being a good driver can overcome most of this, but don't think you're going to hang with someone who is 100 lbs heavier upwind in a blow. Not in a dingy. What boat are you sailing?

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Bruce Schwab is shorter than I am and if I had to guess maybe weighs 125-130 pounds. He's also into cyclocross and bike racing so he's in pretty good shape but he's not tall at all.

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If you are looking at a single-handed dinghy for racing then choose one optimized for a lighter person, eg Laser Radial rather than regular Laser. If you are skippering a two person dinghy there can be a considerable advantage to being smaller. Lets assume a boat that is optimized for a two person crew around 300 pounds. If you are 100 pounds it means you can have a 200 pounder hiking or out on a trap. This will be much more effective than two 150 pounders would be, especially with a trapeze.

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If i am a decent skipper does it even matter what my body type is?
Yes. You aren't going to sail a Finn competitively. On the other hand, a great Finn 'body type' is much to large to be in a 470 team. You're about just right for driving a 470, maybe a little light for a 505, but that too depends on the size of your 'second' out on the wire. 29'er, sure... you've got several options available to you including high performance cats, but you'll be driving, not crewing. At 100 lbs for phrf keel boat racing, you can do bow if you have body strength commensurate with the needs of the boat, and of course you can drive, do tactics, etc... If I were 100 lbs, along with sailing, I'd work on my overall body strength. If you have reasonable strength, a good head, and boat sense, you can do pretty much whatever you want.
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I want to say this, "It will be, IF you let it be". I'm only 5'-5", and over 150lbs, all I've ever hear is out of the way shorty, makes a fighter out of ya quick, so again my reply to you is, if you let it be, it will be! Just go sailing!
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I'm only 5'-5", and over 150lbs, all I've ever hear is out of the way shorty,

NOT if you have a koozie duct-taped to your head.
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I sail 420s now but in the future i want to sail every type of boat- dinghies and keel
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