Did my first race yesterday
I'm relatively new to sailing. I took by first lessons 3-4 years ago on a flying scot and was hooked. I bought a 27' old, beater sailboat and practiced on it pretty regularly. This past summer, we bought a much nicer, new boat. I raced it for the first time yesterday. I was worried about the start, the tactics and missing a mark or doing something else that might ruin the day but everything went really well. It was a clean race in fairly tough conditions and I finished with no penalties or mishaps. I wasn't worried about where I finished so that really isn't part of my evaluation of the day. It was a 12 mile race on a technical course under fairly rough conditions and I finished. I've been feeling good about it all day today so I thought I'd post. There was no trophy for placing but I have a t-shirt from the day that I'll wear with some degree of pride.
Do or do not... There is no try.