Originally Posted by Hunter
Haha. I can't wait to end up as "rail meat" But I'm not going to kid myself. I just can't wait to get out there, regardless of the bumps and bruises. I had not been very interested in racing as opposed to cruising, but I had also never thought about how much more learning
I would do at that faster pace. And who knows, maybe racing to learn will light my competitive fire. Thanks, Rebel Heart.
I wish it were not the middle of winter here in Michigan.
No worries my man. It's 70 degrees out here in San Diego
; really awesome winter so I'm feeling extra bad for my frozen Internet
buddies out east like yourself.
I know what you mean about racing: I'm not really into it either. A lot of the guys who do it are fairly lame and the racing "culture" is just not something I've gotten into. Everyone in their latest edition Sperry-sport-sneakers and performance fleece.
That being said, they can generally kick the crap out of anyone else in boat handling and sailing in general. They get the most out of their boats, they know when to use a traveler, where to position the jibsheet cars, and a lot of subtle stuff like how to carry speed through tacks and the such. Cruisers are on a whole lazy sailors. I don't mean anything bad about that (I count myself in that bunch), but it's a reality when you have small crews and an emphasis on ease over performance.
Additionally, even in the cruising world there's a big difference between 100 and 140 miles a day when you're talking about a 2000 mile passage
(six days for a knot
and a half difference in speed). Can mean the difference between a three week trip and a two week trip, or outrunning bad weather
or being hosed by it.
Grinding is a great job because you're grinding the winch
on orders from someone else and if you're smart you'll quickly be able to figure out what they're seeing and you can ask (if they're not telling you) why they're adjusting what they're adjusting. When not grinding, on the rail you go.