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post #11 of 14 Old 10-21-2008
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Maybe you can get into a non-spin PHRF class. Good luck and congrats!
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Thanks fellas

Season is wrapping up here, looking forward to next year! Woo hoo

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Originally Posted by merlin2375 View Post
Well we came in 4th out of 4 boats in each of the 4 races We just couldn't compete downwind without the spinnaker!

MERLIN--Just say you came in fourth. We wouldn't know the difference otherwise.

Or as my PC neighbor said to me last year when I came in 8th in a race (out of 16 boats)..."Congratulations, you won 8th place!!!" That must be the new parenting trick when Junior or Susie can't cut it in competition.

BTW, mine was a fun race and no one cared who did what anyway.

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I've just started to race and skipper as well. After a few "around the can" club races and some distance (70-200 mile) races ZI'm just beginning to learn a few things. Here's some food for thought:
1. Experience: If you can, spend a few seasons crewing on a boat with an experienced skipper and crew that's worked together for some time.
2. Crew. Not mearly a collection of bodies. Each one must know the boat, their job, and each other. Until that happens you will never hear that wonderful "whosh" as the spinnaker fill just as you round the mark.
3. Skipper. A harder job than one would think. Must not try to do everything but must make sure everything is done.

Early on a wise racer told me that racing is just a combination of experience and (sail) inventory. The more I race, the more I can see the wisdom in those words.

I would appreciate all comments, especially from experienced skippers on the role of skippers.


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