Originally Posted by Joli
Does the term "strap hanger" come to mind? There are guys that run boats and there are guys that sail on boats. Don't confuse the two. Just because you are crew on a racing boat doesn't mean you really know much about sailing. The ability to spin a winch
does not imply you have the faintest clue about sailing or managing a boat.
All that said, racing on a boat can teach allot about sailing if you want to learn the lessons. I highly recomend those wanting to learn how to sail RACE
I like the way you put it the best...and Im going to take it further and take the other tack and disagree with most of you here...and say the racers are hands down the far better sailors IF and When
they pull back into a cruising mode that you are comparing
For example whats the most important thing in clawing off a lee shore?
Answer..The ability to get your boat to weather.
Who buy nature of constant practice forces themselves to be the best at that..yep the racer
Another one..Who sees on average more carnegie and broken equipment
and has to deal with it..
We could go on and on
How many countless more stories latly have we read about clueless cruisers not being able to fix broken stuff compared to racers and then hitting the mommy button...
Now Im not taking away from valued cruising skills when not under sail like anchoring
...Learning how to set a good anchor
for storm conditions and packing stores for extended cruising
which all need to be learned also but I will argue a lot less time then it takes to get great boat handeling skills and Im not talking rail meat winch grinder here Im talking the owner racing skipper
I have never raced and I know my skills as a sailor are lacking for it..there is now way on earth it cant be so.
Now the mentality
or mind set
of each is what is open for argument in any given situation like rather you agree with pushing a boat or not ...but not the skill set...
Below is my litmus test..see if it fits yours..
If I had to chose whom Id want to set out and rescue
me in a like vessel in like conditions..Id choose an offshore
racer any day over your average cruiser.
He will have more experance in more areas that count hands down... including man over boards.