OK, I'll bite again.
Here's the difficulties of asking this kind of question.
You're limited to the people reading this forum. Guess the guys who never use their boats don't read it either.
Race boats can be identified a mile away.
Cruising boats, like mine, do race. My compatriots with the same boat (1,801 made from 1986 to 2009) were made identically except for the choice of inside or both inside and outside tracks. From my humble boat with only inside tracks, there are now vast differences in gear
: adjustable track cars, whisker poles, etc. But if I looked at them at the dock
, unless I knew the skipper
, I couldn't tell whether he raced or whether he was just a cruiser who bought the adjustable cars because he likes good sail trim.
Who's to say the Ericson
32 or the Islander 30 down the dock
don't race? I don't know the skippers and don't follow them when they take their boats out. Beneteaus? Other than some of the First series and the 28.5s up in Wisconsin, I have never seen a Beneteau racing
here on SF Bay
. Maybe I missed one or two... My dock neighbor with his First 38.7 daysails, singlehanded, and never races. He told me so.
Of our 1,801 boats, there are 50 here on SF Bay
in our fleet plus maybe that many or twice more who haven't joined it. We have 700 members in our International Society, so I have a pretty good handle on what they do, since I'm the secretary of the association.
Maybe a dozen or two of all those boats race.
That said, if you look at the racing
scene in Wisconsin Lakes, the number of boats out racing is astounding. The changing dynamics of sailing clubs | SailboatOwners.com Forums
So lots can be said for location, location, location.
While I recognize the "interest" in the feedback you may glean from your question, I still wonder what it means to begin with. What's the purpose, and what could be gained from getting even the perfect answer?