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03-04-2010 10:18 PM
sailingdog Get a decent anchor. Remember the anchor is an important piece of safety gear. In many emergency situations, deploying the anchor can give you the time to deal with the emergency without things getting out of hand.

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Originally Posted by sailguy40 View Post
I don't have an anchor yet but its definitely on my list of to buy things.
03-04-2010 08:56 PM
oldironnut One thing I haven't seen mentioned is to sit on the lee rail in extremely light wind. It will help shape the sail ever so slightly in very light air. If you insist on no engine every little bit helps.
02-08-2010 09:58 PM
sailguy40 I don't have an anchor yet but its definitely on my list of to buy things.
02-08-2010 09:58 PM
puddinlegs
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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
You can also use an anchor to stay in place and even oars and paddles if necessary.
Some racers really like to have an anchor on board if they sail where there is any current. Just in case.

... and of course race rules require you to carry one.
02-08-2010 09:51 PM
CalebD You can also use an anchor to stay in place and even oars and paddles if necessary.
Some racers really like to have an anchor on board if they sail where there is any current. Just in case.
02-08-2010 09:49 PM
puddinlegs
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Originally Posted by Sailormon6 View Post
Any sailboat is a race boat, if someone wants to race it, but the Cal 25 is one of the most popular and competitive racing classes in the Annapolis area.
It was a great race boat in it's day! And if there's a local active one design fleet in your area as mentioned above, it still is!
02-08-2010 09:31 PM
Sailormon6
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Is the Cal 25 considered a light fin keel race boat?
Any sailboat is a race boat, if someone wants to race it, but the Cal 25 is one of the most popular and competitive racing classes in the Annapolis area.
02-08-2010 09:14 PM
pearson30sailor we didn't buy sailboats to go fast, did we? hell, that would only spill the rum!
02-08-2010 09:11 PM
davidpm
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Another consideration to keep in mind is current. If you sail on salt water, the tidal currents can determine whether sailing is feasible or not. If you have an outgoing tidal current of 3 knots and only a 4 knot sea breeze, chances are pretty good you won't be sailing back...
Of course you will sail back. Just go one way for 6 hours THEN go the other way.
02-08-2010 08:47 PM
sailguy40
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So far everyone is right. Point of sail, sail inventory, etc. all make a difference. So does the type of the boat. A big, heavy full-keel boat will not the make the same light air speed as a light fin-keel race boat.
Is the Cal 25 considered a light fin keel race boat? I know they claim it to be a racing boat which is why I wonder, although it don't look like a racing boat to me. Thanks guys for all the info! This forum is obviously a great place to be for a rookie like me. I will be setting sail tomorrow afternoon to do a lake ponchartrain crossing, as long as its not too cold. Pretty strong winds forcasted for tomorrow, 15-25knts so I like to think I will get good speed out of that. I am still looking for a used gasoline outboard motor, hopefully I will find one soon. I may end up buying it new but I just don't feel its completely necessary for a sailboat since its not the primary means of propulsion unlike powerboats. As long as it runs good thats all I need. Once again thanks to all for the help!
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