So, you want to race sailboats!

By Rutter

racing

Racing sailboats is fun.  It’s physically and mentally challenging and has a strong social element.  On any given race day there are boats needing crew, but if you’re new you may not know where to start. The purpose of this article is to help newbies get started and stop being newbies. The more you know the more you can contribute.  Developing skills can often lead to a permanent position on a boat.

How do you find a boat?  Clubs organize events to introduce sailors and skippers, typically at the beginning of the season.  Throughout the season a sign-up sheet may be kept at clubs’ front desks.   Walking the docks before a race (I’ve done this in a marina where I didn’t know anyone) and attending after-race events to introduce yourself are also productive ways of getting aboard. Talk to the club’s race organizers, let them know you want to crew.

What should an enthusiastic crewperson bring?  You can get aboard in street clothes not knowing a thing about a sailing.  A better way is to be prepared with gear and knowledge.

Read More…

Comments { 0 }

Basics of Sailboat Racing

South Bay Yacht Racing Club in partnership with Del Rey Yacht Club

Present: Duncan Cameron’s

Basics of Sailboat Racing

soverell 33

Soverell 33

The best way to learn is to get out and do it, preferably for 20 years or so.  However, we need some sort of shortcut, so it may help to try writing a description.  Most books and articles describing what is done, and by whom, are too jargon filled or otherwise incomprehensible to be useful. So, here goes another try.  The goal is to have each person understand at least their job, anticipate when and why things happen, and be able to usefully prioritize tasks.  Then you can tell me to shut up, because you already know what you are doing.

Read More…

Comments { 0 }