Originally Posted by AiniA
I am not opposed to racing
and appreciate that when you race
you need to push it try to beat the competition. In fact, 20 or so years ago I inquired about going in the Clipper race
(or its pre-cursor) but it was just too expensive, especially when you built in the cost of going to Britain from Canada
My comments were simply about the different mindset of racing
and cruising and how the latter can contribute to safety
- a good thing since the boat
is likely much smaller, the crew much smaller, and you may not have every costly bell and whistle.
Firstly, yes, the injuries, & lost
crew are very sad. Though given the choice, going out while sailing is near the top of my list. Not that I'm in a rush.
I do hear you about the above. But... I'm the sailor I am today because of having so much experience of being on, & going past the edge. As well as learning
to recover from same. And now that depth
of experience allows me to coach others to learn where the edge is, to let them make mistakes
& break stuff, with me only stepping in if someone's about to get hurt, or something truly expensive is about to be destroyed.
That's how skippers of boats like that, or in the VOR get qualified for the job.
So that without that experience under my belt, I couldn't function as a "risk manager", AKA; Captain
, Coach, Sailing Master. Nor could I hop onto an unprepared/underprepaired boat
, with or without knowing the crew, & deliver her from X to Y.
And bottom line, the sport of sailing doesn't advance without folks pushing things. Via racing in particular. Both the boats & gear
, & the skippers & crew.
For example, 20yrs ago not 1 cruiser in 100 knew what Polars are. Or had heard about sea anchors & series drogues. All of which came to yachting pretty much via racing first.