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Re: Crewed for the first time yesterday - wow!

Love the idea of the volleyball knee pads. I will definitely be picking up a pair.

A few days after the race Mr. cthoops pointed out that I had a bruise on my butt cheek. This was while I was hobbling around because my back was rebelling. Starting to do some core work is also on the list before the next race.

It was most definitely all worth it - can't wait to do it again.
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Re: Crewed for the first time yesterday - wow!

Yeah stick with this crew if you can! Spinnaker runs on the Cat 22 are a riot... the spin is small enough that even in a decent blow you can just muscle it... and under the right conditions you might be able to get the little boat to surf!

NOTHING cooler than watching a 22 foot SAILBOAT kick up a 3 foot wake! Although it's a bit intimidating when you see the roller is higher than the stern of the boat!

Congratulations, or is it condolences? You are now hooked on racing. Sounds like you've discovered why they call some of these small boats "pain boxes." It took a bit of googling for me to figure out that reference, but once I did I loved the Sci Fi diversion to one of my favorite movies.
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We took a newbie with us last night racing Jib & Main on Sandusky Bay aboard my S2 7.9. I think he had fun - esp. since we won majorly.
We always seem to do better when we take a newbie along - must be the karma.
I never sail without knee pads, in part because of my age (69), but also because kneeling on the non-skid of a 7.9 is similar to doing it on a cheese grater. Suggest the garedning type. You don't want a slippery surface on the outside.
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That's funny, I never race without a garden trowel and some seeds!

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Good one "Dod" - and I have also been the butt of other jokes, like when people ask when I'm going to add elbow pads and a crash helmut to my sailing attire. Hmmmm, do ya think . . . . ?
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Sounds like a lot of fun. My wife and I always laugh about our racing bruises, as we generally have no idea where they came from.
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Re: Crewed for the first time yesterday - wow!

OK, at last a subject I can contribute my expertise to. ;-)

Other than the usual scraped knees, pinched fingers and onomatopoeia of the boom, I had one odd injury this last season. During a race, I slipped and fell backwards, ending up sitting hard on a horn cleat. I injured my coccyx and had to give up sailing entirely for the rest of the season. :-(
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OK, at last a subject I can contribute my expertise to. ;-)

Other than the usual scraped knees, pinched fingers and onomatopoeia of the boom, I had one odd injury this last season. During a race, I slipped and fell backwards, ending up sitting hard on a horn cleat. I injured my coccyx and had to give up sailing entirely for the rest of the season. :-(
Coccyx. There are no pads for that.

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Re: Crewed for the first time yesterday - wow!

Atlas, that made me cringe just reading it. Ouch.

On another note, I got an e-mail asking me back for the next two Wednesday races. Whoo-hoo!

Now to go buy those kneepads....
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Re: Crewed for the first time yesterday - wow!

My husband was wearing knee pads the second day of our lessons, and I thought he was a wimp! I didn't realized they were standard racing equipment! Cause my knees were killing me. So were my quads, but that was from squatting so much. Ouch.

Can't wait to do our first race! My big fear is falling overboard, too - not because Im afraid I'll drown, because I swim very well, but because the crew will be pissed at me!
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