Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: S. Central MO
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We race, we learn!
For the doubters:
I have frequently been told (and always believed) that racing will teach you more about sailing than just 'messing around in boats'. I just don't have much experience sailing and had none racing, until last weekend. and I'm here to tell you:
(Alex-type big red letters appropriate, hold the flaming!)
I don't even know where to start and don't have my brain wrapped around it all well enough to put into words, but the simple truth is that I learned more in a 1.5 hour race (with a couple hours practice before-hand) than I did in a week on a bareboat charter. Not just speed-things, but more general knowledge as well.
(PS nothing wrong with messing about in boats, that's my personal preference, but to learn....)
If you have the chance to crew on a raceboat, DO IT! (normal caveats about 'some-skippers-are-ogres' apply - but we didn't have that problem)
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"... the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my alloted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze." - Richard Bode, First you have to row a little boat (pg. 94)
Last edited by ReverendMike; 05-01-2008 at 11:47 AM.