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"I'm going to watch a race" protocol

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I'm going to sail over and watch a local race. I've never seen an actual live race (just watch on TV) and where it is, I don't think there's a good place to anchor. There's a dam on one side and drop off rocky cliffs everywhere else except for where a marina is and an unofficial place where people swim, fish, launch dinghy boats/kiteboards/etc.

I don't want to get in the way and if there's a breeze, the hull of my boat is really good at getting blowing around. I think I can make a knot or two without the sails up on a light day.

I've seen on TV where boats are watching races without an anchor (that I can see). What are they doing to stay in place? I don't have a sea anchor. I'm on a small local lake. I could do a rope and a bucket I guess?

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It's hard to predict where you'll be out of the way, but why not go to the starting area (on land) early and ask if anyone needs crew?
It's the best place to watch the race , and you'll learn something and have fun, too. Explain that you know how to sail but haven't raced but would like to learn some of the basics.

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Re: "I'm going to watch a race" protocol

Or actively sail behind the fleet, rather than anchoring or drifting.

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By the way, those inland Texas sailors are very good light air racers.

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At least, they think so.

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Re: "I'm going to watch a race" protocol

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It's hard to predict where you'll be out of the way, but why not go to the starting area (on land) early and ask if anyone needs crew?
It's the best place to watch the race , and you'll learn something and have fun, too. Explain that you know how to sail but haven't raced but would like to learn some of the basics.
That's the plan, eventually, but I'd like to observe first. You have to pay entry fees to be in it as well.

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Or actively sail behind the fleet, rather than anchoring or drifting.

Dude, I'd get lapped, maybe twice!

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Re: "I'm going to watch a race" protocol

That's cool, you're spectatin', not qualifyin'.

Just stay outta the damn way.

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The boat owner pays the entry fees. It's free for the crew, except maybe for some sweat and beer.
Crewing for someone is a nonthreatening way to learn. If you state your experience up front, nobody should be expecting you to be a tactician.

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Re: "I'm going to watch a race" protocol

Do they have a committee boat? A race committee of some kind?

The RC always needs a hand and usually is glad to have spectators onboard if there's room. A great place to hear comments & get a little extra insight while you're there.
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Re: "I'm going to watch a race" protocol

find the NOR (notice of race), go to the skippers meeting (thursday?) and ask if anyone needs crew.

If you follow the fleet, do it with the engine so you don't take the wind from someone downwind. staying out of the way is only good if you are down wind, upwind you are blocking someone's clean air. -a sure way to be unloved.

and always bring gloves, good boat shoes, and ask if you should bring drinks or food. sometimes the owner provides all that, and extra weight is not appreciated.
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