Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Port Dover, Ontario
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Re: Why do you race
Why race? Lots of reasons:
1. I'm competitive, in almost every avenue of my life. I'm too old to play volleyball, football, and some of the other pastimes I used to compete in at the level I wanted to.
2. It's challenging - I was out last week with a skipper that told me he looked at it like 'chess on the water'. You have a moderate physical element, plus a complex (and of varying scale of complexity, depending how tough you want to make it on yourself...) mental element.
3. It forces you to expand your comfort zone on the water. I would never have considered taking my boat out in 20knots on Lake Erie before having been 'forced' by a looming race deadline - and am now thoroughly comfortable with weather much heavier than that.
4. I enjoy the team-building element of getting a crew of varying ages and skill levels, and working together to make the boat perform.
5. Camaraderie - Most good racing fleets will rendezvous afterwards, to share stories, discuss decisions made on the course, and usually just hang out and shoot the breeze. A person can learn a lot from this.
If NONE of these items interest you, then by all means, carry on!
If one or more DOES interest you, then try dipping just one toe in the racing pool. Make it clear in your club/marina that you'd like to try crewing. ask around about skippers, and try to find a boat that is moderately successful, and whose skipper is NOT a yeller. (nothing spoils racing more quickly than being made to feel ashamed or belittled, and has no place in club racing...)
You decide where you want to go after that.