I've not wanted to get into this on the forum, Thom, but I'm a little weary of the condescension relative to me not being a racer
. I don't like to do what might be construed as bragging, but, to clear the air a bit...
I was an active racing
sailor in the SF Bay
area for many years. Started in a Catalina
in the SYRA group for four years. Results: one year of poor finishes, then one first, one third, another first (over all season results). Sailed in the Nationals once: 10th out of over 60 entries.
Next boat was a Yankee 30. Raced her for years. Did one season with the local one design group, finished 3d in t he fleet... without a spinnaker
. Then did my first singlehanded race
, the second ever singlehand Farallones race. Finished mid fleet, without an autopilot
, but got the bug. Did some more crewed racing, mostly one-off events
like the Silver Eagle with mixed results and no big wins. But I was very turned on by the single
hand stuff, and got involved with the formation of the Association of Single
Handers (ASH), which pioneered SH racing along with the regular OYRA. This group sailed the full YRA offshore
schedule, starting behind the MORA boats.We did two series per year, each with 6 races IIRC. I was pretty bad the first season, but improved with time. Eventually finished first overall in the last 5 series that I sailed. Also did the SSS Singlehanded Farallones race each year including one second overall, 19 seconds out of first. That was when the cruising bug struck, and Ann and I sailed to Hawaii
and back in the middle of the racing season, and that was the end of my racing career. Never a super hero, but I did OK.
So, while I haven't raced in years, it is possibly not correct to berate me for not being a racer
, and for lacking the mysterious skills that only racers posses.
And with that, I bow out.