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Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?

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Sometimes I feel like the weight thing is overblown (at least in PHRF racing) and it may seem more important than it is because the guy who strips out his cruising gear also tends to be the guy who gets his bottom cleaned, gets new sails and really concentrates on trim and improving his technique.
+2 it's not just the weight, it's the attitude that every little bit adds up to a big difference in performance.
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Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?

Ya'll just remember that despite SmackDaddy saying he'd have everything short of a strap on jacuzzi, he could have that too if he'd followed my advice and gotten a center cockpit.

Then he could in fact have had the jacuzzi and sat in it too. If you are going to slow race, do it in style.

I enjoy beer can races, it hones my style. Little sport boats make nice crunchy noises, if you listen closely.
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Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?

I could still do it. Since the H40 has a very seamanly "top-down" companionway entry, I've got about 18" of jacuzzi love in the cockpit if I just put a slice of salami over each drain. Run a tee off the exhaust hose up into the cockpit and BOOM! bubbles!
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What you do with salami and your drains should stay in Texas.
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well played chuck. well played indeed...
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Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?

This a great thread, by the way.

I've been a runner much longer than I've been a sailor and I've watched sadly as all my casual running friends from my twenties and thirties have turned into hard-core Ironmen triathletes. Ironman training turns perfectly fun individuals into friends who can't ever meet you for a drink because they have to get up at 5 am to train, can't meet you for dinner because they are on a new diet, and aren't interested in talking about anything except their new $13,000 titanium bike seat.

Me, I run because I love to run through the woods by myself and it makes bourbon taste better in the evening.

I sail for very similar reasons.

I love to go fast, but because it's fun. When the one-design-with-strap-on-jacuzzi race is established, sign me up.

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Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?

emcenter: Just as there are fun runs that are good for people who aren't so hard core, there are fun races for those who aren't so hard core, but do want to be competitive.

In Seattle I raced the Duck Dodge and Goose Bumps races for the last two years. A couple of races in you learn who is about your speed and who is a bit faster. Then you just try to beat the ones who are a bit faster and still have fun at the raft up afterwords. I never "win" (there are boats 50 points better in PHRF racing in our category), but it's pretty much always fun.

The Pink Boat Regatta article that Marty listed is a lot of the same people.

This last spring we did do PHRF racing, but in the cruiser category where they try to adjust for extra gear on the boat and where half of the boats are non-flying. It was a lot of fun.
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I'm with you on that. Now... STAY UP!!!!
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Re: Slow Racing or Fast Cruising?

Funny you should mention hot tubs! Our club hosted a regatta this weekend and one of the racing teams brought one with them! They had the good sense to leave it on the dock when they raced! (Apparently it doesn't tow very well!) It is floating on 2 inflatable pontoons that look like they came from one of those fishing platforms, and it has a self contained propane heater and pump!



There is a time for racing and a time for hot tub...best of both worlds!

When I left at 1:30am the party was still going strong!
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