Sometimes we enter the most casual of races. It gives the outing a little more sense of purpose.
One observer assessed our performance as "the slowest boat on the course, and totally unpredictable." It should be noted that since that phrase was coined I've upgraded both the main and genoa to pretty decent new North triradial Dacron sails, and we did take first place in the 2017 Wauquiez North American Championship Regatta, Under 40ft Class.
Overall though I am probably too conservative and timid to do well at mixing it up with the quick decisions and aggression required for consistent successful starts. Don't expect a rah-rah semi-pro race experience. With that said, we do put in a solid effort and always have a great time!
For the newbs, what to expect:
- You will be put to work when we race! Experience is not required. The jobs while racing are simple and easy to learn.
- In addition to the skipper, there are at least three real jobs or positions: two genoa trimmers, grinding on the primary winches, and one person managing the traveler and main trim. In the right wind conditions, with the right crew, we'll fly the asymmetrical cruising spinnaker ont he downwind leg. When short-handed we forego the chute.
- If we have at least two working crew members, other folks can come along as "rail meat" or movable ballast. You just sit on the high side of the boat and enjoy the ride. You may get wet.
- If the wind is more than 8 - 10 knots, it will be hard work grinding the winches to trim the genoa. This is an upper-body workout for the able-bodied.
- I've done races double-handed with just one additional crew member -- it is possible but can be physically intense in over 10 knots of wind.
- The boat will heel or lean over to the leeward or downwind side when sailing upwind. Water can wash over the deck and the lower rail. This is safe and normal and kind of exciting.