I have been racing on opb's for about 10 years and I am beginning to burn out...my competitive nature that at first was high now is all but gone and it seems that the rest of our crew feels the same....2 weeks ago we took the bullet and had 4 lengths on the second place boat and last week we voted on just going for a boat ride....we cracked open some beers and watched the cluster at the leeward mark....racers don't like to sail....its boat speed and sail trim all the time....
It is true, that frequent racers sometimes lack the ability to unwind, and simply enjoy a daysail without trying to wring that last .0033 kts out of the boat.
I do not have that problem at all.
- When I race, I'm in it 100%.
- When I day sail, sometimes I do it with the intention of experimenting to find faster ways to sail, or more efficient tricks. Sometimes it's just for pleasure and I put Ray-Ray on the tiller and just watch the land slide by.
- When I cruise, it's all about visiting new places by boat, and exploring the town or the area, not about sail trim, and not about busting my cruising partner's ass about sail trim and that last .005 knots of boat speed.
I do use techniques learned from racing to keep my boat moving where others would give up and use the engine. I do use techniques from racing to reduce the distance I might have to sail, in order to arrive before sundown or before inclement weather arrives.