Originally Posted by SimonV
As a racer
you need to suppress your racers erge to push the boat, and embrace the cruiser that is shoved aside by the racer
. When you do, sails
will last longer, much longer and so will your other gear
. That one extra knot
comes at a cost.
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Hi again. I forgot one attribute that most racers have that most cruisers don't, an attribute that is not beneficial. It took me a while to lose my arrogence (and some will say I haven't yet lost
As far as sails
lasting longer - there I disagree. Although racers will replace their sails more frequently than cruisers it is mainly while still racing. But when I changed from a racer to a cruiser in my Cal
39 I still hoisted my sails all the way, with no scallops in the luff. I notice many cruisers do not. Ask a sailmaker
and he'll tell you that a scalloped luff damages the sails MUCH more than hauling it up tight. I also do not flog my main, but many sailors without racing experience do. And, while racing, I learned that often a reefed main is faster than an overpowered one, and much more comfortable, and it makes the boat easier to handle than an overpowered boat. The other thing that I did when changing from racing to cruising is I purchased slightly heavier and smaller jibs. I'm still using them after 10 years, including 4 years in Mexico
and 3 Baja
Bashes. The main I purchased fot the 1980 Singlehanded Transpac (heavy so that I could use it triple reefed as a storm sail rather than having to change sails) and I'm still using it!