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04-02-2007 03:45 AM
tenuki Giulietta speaks truth.

Racing is fun eh? I think it may be more fun for crew, since they don't have to pay for whatever breaks. You aren't following the advice though, you were supposed to wait 5 races before you came back here. :P

My only advice to add is: "Stay in the boat, falling overboard sucks."
03-25-2007 12:19 PM
Tucks Giulietta;

In all honesty - great advice. I've had 2 races now and they were so thrilling I couldn't believe it. 'Shut up and listen' is great advice. I kept my mouth shut and my ears and eyes open. I didn't look foolish...too much. I didn't get hit with the boom. I didn't get in the way and I even got to help hoist the spinnaker and roll up the jib. I felt like I had really accomplish something major. I didn't even get sick! Thanks for the advice.

Tucks
03-11-2007 11:51 PM
werebeagle I new a guy who won a race by slipping the anchor over the side to stop while everyone else was going backwards with the current, and when the wind came in, it came in form ahead of him so he got the wind first.

Tucks

An addition to Giu's advice is to rember everything your told. It helps if you only have to be told how to do something once. Having experience on other boats helps with this, because then you only have to remember particulars about that boat, because everyone does things a little differently.

But, you you are in doubt on how to do something that you are asked to do, by all means ask, even if you have been told how to do it before. Most people would much rather tell you again than have you do it wrong.

And don't forget to have fun. As a general rule, any yelling is not personal, but just a way to convey the urgency of the task at hand.

Charlie
03-11-2007 10:59 PM
Giulietta
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Originally Posted by Sailormon6
Giu, I've been in some light air races when I could have crawled on my belly like a snake, and gone faster than the boat was going!
Ahh yes...no wind...fortunately...not here..never...

Eolos is good to us....and so was Venus!!!!
03-11-2007 10:46 PM
Sailormon6
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Why you.........speak for yourself...you......try and walk near my boat
Giu, I've been in some light air races when I could have crawled on my belly like a snake, and gone faster than the boat was going!
03-11-2007 10:27 PM
Giulietta
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Originally Posted by Sailormon6
race a boat that often doesn't go much faster than a man can walk, but you'll soon understand. Enjoy!
Why you.........speak for yourself...you......try and walk near my boat

Reminds of that song about God.....

But even if you did...you might need to bring your bicycle!!!
03-11-2007 10:21 PM
Sailormon6 Giu's advice is actually pretty good - blunt, but good. Your skipper probably already knows you're a newby, and that you don't know how to do anything yet, so she'll have you do things that are within your skill level, like sit wherever she tells you, to use your weight as movable ballast, and move from one side of the boat to the other.

As a general rule, stay out of the cockpit unless you're told to be there. The only people who should usually be in the cockpit during a race are the skipper, tactician and pit man, unless it's a really big boat. Those are the people who need to be there, and others will get in their way. When it's time to take equipment out or put it away, such as folding sails, be ready to help. It'll be appreciated.

Watch what each person is doing, and how they do it. Ask other crew members to explain how and why they do what they're doing. A good skipper will look for opportunities to let you try different jobs when he thinks you're ready, while sailing out to the race course, for example.

Be willing to help and eager to learn, and, as Giu says, "shut the hell up and listen to what they tell you to do." You'll soon learn that racing a sailboat isn't primarily a physical sport - it's a cerebral sport. The skipper and tactician have a gazillion things to think about, and it requires intense concentration. Don't break their concentration by asking them questions during the race.

Many non-sailors have difficulty imagining how it can possibly be fun to race a boat that often doesn't go much faster than a man can walk, but you'll soon understand. Enjoy!
03-11-2007 08:19 PM
Giulietta Sorry...he said "keep up to speed"..to me that meant he was already moving...

But ok...Sorry

Tucks..read his book, and then SHUT UP AND LISTEN
03-11-2007 08:13 PM
sailingdog Giu-

I didn't say you were joking... just that he shouldn't take you too seriously.. there is a difference.

Besides, your advice is excellent for when he is on the boat, actually racing. But it is not so useful for him to prepare for the racing season... which is what he was asking about in the first place. Reading David Seidman's book is going to be far more useful IMHO... since that will give him the foundation of knowledge to be able to tell a jib sheet from a jib halyard, and what the telltales are and how to read them.
03-11-2007 08:11 PM
Giulietta Actually my advise was done in a serious mode...I was not joking at all...

Did it sound like I was joking??
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