Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: South Haven, MI USA
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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.
South Haven, MI