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Old 19-03-2012, 19:38   #1
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Looking for a racing team

I have heard that if you want to really lead to sail join a racing team. So I am looking for a team in Northern Virginia that would not mind a novice sailor, that can be trained.
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Old 20-03-2012, 00:25   #2
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Maybe. But race crew often does not really know how to sail. I know some great crew, podium level, that would have some difficulty managing a dinghy around the harbor without the team captain in charge.
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Come join us for our events at QYC. All levels of crew experience are always welcome A great group of people/mentors.
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Old 20-03-2012, 23:55   #5
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Re: Looking for a racing team

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I have heard that if you want to really lead to sail join a racing team. So I am looking for a team in Northern Virginia that would not mind a novice sailor, that can be trained.
Hopefully you aren't easily offended or thin skinned. There has been known to be some yelling and verbal abuse involved in racing, especially for the FNG. This is usually found around mid-pack, as the back markers usually aren't that serious, and the front runners seem to stay calmer. As you start to build a reputation and get onto better and better boats you'll probably spend a spell with one of the two kinds of mid-pack captains: Captain Bligh, and Captain Bligh's even more profane and angry twin. You'll learn a lot about religion, anatomy, anatomical uses, your lineage, your parents, and the nefarious things your mother does.

On a serious note though, it isn't that hard to get a ride. Show up dressed properly and in boat shoes and hit up the people carrying sail bags as they come down the ramp. Eventually one of them will be shorthanded and need a grinder. When you get the shot, damn the torpedos and turn that handle as fast as you can until they say stop, every time. You can rest on the downwind leg.

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-- I did a series of races as a grinder on an X-Yacht one fine day. I don't know what the primaries were, but it was like 1000:1 ratio or something because even in high speed I was killing myself and the line was barely moving. That's when Ahab decided to get into a tacking duel and straight ruined me. Makes me appreciate the current boss a lot more.
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Old 03-04-2012, 19:18   #6
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Re: Looking for a racing team

if you really want to learn to sail check around your area for sailing clubs and yacht clubs that have active one design fleets and start putting the word out that you are interested, start by offering to help with race committee, help with putting boats in and out of the water etc.etc. You will get a ride. Once you start, the amount of knowledge you will gain will be exponentially more than hanging out as mid crew on a larger boat..........that is if you REALLY want to learn how to sail.
If you accomplish this then it's your ticket on big boats for the rest of your life! In time you will learn navigation, strategy and tactics. Boat handling will be an never ending acquisation of knowledge in your classroom dependent on what type of boat you sail. I wish you good luck in your desire to experience the beauty of heaven on the water. Just be cautious on those days that you may think you are in the depths of hell.(smile)
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