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Re: How does racing help you learn to be a better sailor?
I agree that racing single handed will lead to slower progression up the learning curve. I learned racing on Hobie 16s. The races are divided into beginner intermediate and advanced classes. This way a casual sailor can give racing a try. Though i did team up with some top racers occassionally, mostly it was watch and learn. the lessons started on the beach with boat set up. Then you watched starts. being in the B or C fleet, A fleet started before you. Though you had to stay clear you got the best seat in the house to watch how the best of the best do it. And, at times how they fouled it up. Evenually, with time spent racing, talking with folks on the beach etc you progress through the classes. Then comes the day you are on the starting line with the best of the best.
One of the neatest aspects of Hobie racing was the comaraderie. Everyone was willing to help. To tell you how it was done, to help you set up your boat. I've seen other racing fleets/clubs that were this way too. Helping the new guy brings in new blood and keeps the fleet going.