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Re: How does racing help you learn to be a better sailor?
Somewhere in this thread, I think I saw mention of singlehand racing against other people.
If you have limited sailing knowledge, racing by yourself will be a much flatter learning curve because there's no one more experienced onboard to tell you what you're doing wrong. You'll build bad habits that are hard to break.
If you crew on other people's boats, you'll learn many ways to skin the same cat, and you'll take back the best method to your own boat. The learning curve will be much steeper, you'll learn more, faster.
Racing your own boat with an experienced crew (as a new skipper) will also be more educational than racing single and new. You'll rapidly learn how to handle your boat, and what tweaks work the best for your particular boat.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168