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Old 06-06-2014
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Re: Why do you race

In one overnight race, we had everything from dead calm to 3 squalls. And I'm far more comfortable sailing all night upwind on a double reef in 25+ kts.
To add on what I wrote earlier, the range of experiences to be overcome grows when racing because the tendency isn't to pack it up and motor in....especially when the whole fleet is blasting by you.

While I knew intellectually what to do when the wind keeps increasing, practicing it with a fleet is far more fun. Ok, so what do we do next when the main is reefed and flat but the boat is still overpowered? Ease the traveler to create a bubble in the front ⅓ rd of the sail - check. Better, but still overpowered, now what? Don't want to furl the 130 genoa, so move the genoa car back 6" to open the top of the sail - check. Now we're balanced.

Something like that scenario is immensely beneficial toward building confidence. Several hours after the photo used in my avatar was taken, we executed that evolution at about 2AM.
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Re: Why do you race

Sabre is spot on.. you become more confident in how the boat handles for different wind types.. you start to get creative in how to actively depower the boat, but still make decent headway.
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Re: Why do you race

It give me the hope, real or delusional, that I might some day get good at it.
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