Originally Posted by MtStPipier
dctucker you clearly like speed. Which boat are you on? I did race committee over Memorial Day, and sometimes see you guys out if I'm in the RIB or the Colgate.
Seems like that fleet just keeps growing and growing.
I'm driving Rattler, USA 50. The owner prefers to sit in the middle, trim and do some
of the tactics. It's a good gig, I drive, he pays the bills. And yes, Bill Lee got it right... fast IS fun! The local fleet is growing, it really is an easy, comfortable boat to sail. Even the hiking isn't bad for a fat, out of shape old guy like me. You should try it some time! Takes some getting used to though, closing speeds and angles are a bit different than the water pushers. I nearly skewered an Etchells last Saturday as I exited the windward mark. Also had a little difficulty with a windward IOD who was not too keen to respond to my hotter angle as I passed to leeward (overlap established 2+ BL to leeward).
I put in about 15 years on J/24's and still get called as tactician by a few of those guys. The older I get, the smaller and faster I want to go... Never thought I'd see dinghy racing around here, but now we have Lasers and Snipes over in Beverly.
Colgate eh? Which one? Two or three of those winter over about 3 blocks from me. You guys should trade those in for Vipers!
You may have 1 more for Race Week. The junior instructors at Piers Park (where my wife works) are scheming to bring their Colgate up.
Which club do you belong to? Your RIB or might you mean the CYC's Ribcraft? Hoping to convince my wife that she should take the Searider out on Saturday or Sunday with the video camera, so she can give ME some coaching for a change. A little role reversal would be nice... I need to work out my hand and footwork during tacks, tape would help. I blew a few tacks last Saturday, and it cost us winning the day.