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I know there's a lot of words, but no one's forcing you to read it.

 

Today (June 14, 2009) was my first time competing in a regatta. The race was hosted at Jordan Lake in central NC as part of the Carolina Sailing Club summer series. There was strong (for our location) representation in both Thistle and Flying Scot classes (around 8-9 boats each) as well as a handful of boats in an open class including two Buccaneers, a Catalina 16 and my ride for the day, a 5o5.

 

First, the obligatory sailing autobiography: first time sailing was 7 years ago on a Hobie 16, until the 5o5 came along, this was far and away the most fun I'd had on the water. I then bought a 22' cruiser in need of some work. I hesitate to call this a mistake because I learned a ton about sailing and boat repair/construction/maintenance. However, it turned into a year and a half rebuild from the bare hull up so I spent much more time sanding then sailing. About the time the boat was getting finished I started to realize that I could be having a lot more fun on the water. I was lucky enough to sell it several months ago to a couple that are better suited to it than I. Along the way my old man and I took ASA courses through the bareboat charter level and I sailed anything I could find, which was mainly rental Sunfish.

 

Through a posting on SA, I ended up at a CSC regatta just to watch and meet some folks. I was lucky enough to meet DB (8351 and 8822) who subsequently invited me out on the 5o, promising me that it would be like a drug dealer pushing heroin into my n00b veins. After I got over the bewildering array of controls in the cockpit, I was enjoying myself immensely and found DB's remark to ring very true. I was absolutely hooked. DB was kind of enough to take me out on many more practice sessions after that.

 

I can say, without any doubt or hyperbole, that I learned more in the first 20 minutes of 5o sailing with DB than I had learned in the previous 7 years cumulatively. Besides having a lifetime of sailing experience that he shares generously, DB is an absolutely stand up guy.

 

I've been somewhat like a kid before x-mas for the past few days leading up to my first race. I read and reread the racing rules and made mental and physical checklists of my responsibilities during maneuvers. I made it about a half an hour early to the lake this morning. The forecast was for around 6 knots tapering off through the afternoon. Though I'm not yet experienced enough to judge the windspeed accurately, the whitecaps and breaking waves on the shore indicated it might, in fact, be higher than 6 knots. It was definitely stronger than any breeze I'd previously sailed the 5o in. Although DB was disappointed that the wind died over the next hour or so (such that it was maybe 5-8 during the races), I think it might have been for the best.

 

The RC managed to get 3 races in on the day with the last being twice as long as the previous. Over the course of those races I managed to lose the spin sheet and guy under the boat twice, accidentally tripped the pole release twice, lost the guy out of the fork once, and tangled the jib sheets around the spin pole at least two times. Upwind I did a bit better and they were probably the best tacks DB and I had done together. My fumblings with the kite cost us dearly and the light air favored the Thistles. I honestly don't know how we did on corrected time in our class, but I bet we did alright. DB is, I'm sure, disappointed with our sailing. Hell, we sailed bad by any objective criteria. Even knowing all this, I can't keep from smiling now several hours off the water. The CSC community are great folks and good sailors, the weather was pretty decent and cold beers taste that much better after a day on the water. Most of all though, I'm smiling because I'm no longer a regatta virgin and I know that I'll be racing sailboats for as long as I am able. Thanks, again, to DB.

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I know there's a lot of words, but no one's forcing you to read it.

 

Today (June 14, 2009) was my first time competing in a regatta. The race was hosted at Jordan Lake in central NC as part of the Carolina Sailing Club summer series. There was strong (for our location) representation in both Thistle and Flying Scot classes (around 8-9 boats each) as well as a handful of boats in an open class including two Buccaneers, a Catalina 16 and my ride for the day, a 5o5.

 

First, the obligatory sailing autobiography: first time sailing was 7 years ago on a Hobie 16, until the 5o5 came along, this was far and away the most fun I'd had on the water. I then bought a 22' cruiser in need of some work. I hesitate to call this a mistake because I learned a ton about sailing and boat repair/construction/maintenance. However, it turned into a year and a half rebuild from the bare hull up so I spent much more time sanding then sailing. About the time the boat was getting finished I started to realize that I could be having a lot more fun on the water. I was lucky enough to sell it several months ago to a couple that are better suited to it than I. Along the way my old man and I took ASA courses through the bareboat charter level and I sailed anything I could find, which was mainly rental Sunfish.

 

Through a posting on SA, I ended up at a CSC regatta just to watch and meet some folks. I was lucky enough to meet DB (8351 and 8822) who subsequently invited me out on the 5o, promising me that it would be like a drug dealer pushing heroin into my n00b veins. After I got over the bewildering array of controls in the cockpit, I was enjoying myself immensely and found DB's remark to ring very true. I was absolutely hooked. DB was kind of enough to take me out on many more practice sessions after that.

 

I can say, without any doubt or hyperbole, that I learned more in the first 20 minutes of 5o sailing with DB than I had learned in the previous 7 years cumulatively. Besides having a lifetime of sailing experience that he shares generously, DB is an absolutely stand up guy.

 

I've been somewhat like a kid before x-mas for the past few days leading up to my first race. I read and reread the racing rules and made mental and physical checklists of my responsibilities during maneuvers. I made it about a half an hour early to the lake this morning. The forecast was for around 6 knots tapering off through the afternoon. Though I'm not yet experienced enough to judge the windspeed accurately, the whitecaps and breaking waves on the shore indicated it might, in fact, be higher than 6 knots. It was definitely stronger than any breeze I'd previously sailed the 5o in. Although DB was disappointed that the wind died over the next hour or so (such that it was maybe 5-8 during the races), I think it might have been for the best.

 

The RC managed to get 3 races in on the day with the last being twice as long as the previous. Over the course of those races I managed to lose the spin sheet and guy under the boat twice, accidentally tripped the pole release twice, lost the guy out of the fork once, and tangled the jib sheets around the spin pole at least two times. Upwind I did a bit better and they were probably the best tacks DB and I had done together. My fumblings with the kite cost us dearly and the light air favored the Thistles. I honestly don't know how we did on corrected time in our class, but I bet we did alright. DB is, I'm sure, disappointed with our sailing. Hell, we sailed bad by any objective criteria. Even knowing all this, I can't keep from smiling now several hours off the water. The CSC community are great folks and good sailors, the weather was pretty decent and cold beers taste that much better after a day on the water. Most of all though, I'm smiling because I'm no longer a regatta virgin and I know that I'll be racing sailboats for as long as I am able. Thanks, again, to DB.

 

Good On YOU and and especially good on DB!

 

Mistakes happen and that's partly why many of us race. There is something intangible about racing that tests your consistency of execution, focus and toughness (mental and physical) that no amount of training and dinking around can equal.

 

The one thing to think about and remember from this your first experience, is how it felt like when things went right. visualize that and repeat it in your mind's eye. And THAT will improve you the most for next time!

 

Good Luck!

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I know there's a lot of words, but no one's forcing you to read it.

 

Today (June 14, 2009) was my first time competing in a regatta. The race was hosted at Jordan Lake in central NC as part of the Carolina Sailing Club summer series. There was strong (for our location) representation in both Thistle and Flying Scot classes (around 8-9 boats each) as well as a handful of boats in an open class including two Buccaneers, a Catalina 16 and my ride for the day, a 5o5.

 

First, the obligatory sailing autobiography: first time sailing was 7 years ago on a Hobie 16, until the 5o5 came along, this was far and away the most fun I'd had on the water. I then bought a 22' cruiser in need of some work. I hesitate to call this a mistake because I learned a ton about sailing and boat repair/construction/maintenance. However, it turned into a year and a half rebuild from the bare hull up so I spent much more time sanding then sailing. About the time the boat was getting finished I started to realize that I could be having a lot more fun on the water. I was lucky enough to sell it several months ago to a couple that are better suited to it than I. Along the way my old man and I took ASA courses through the bareboat charter level and I sailed anything I could find, which was mainly rental Sunfish.

 

Through a posting on SA, I ended up at a CSC regatta just to watch and meet some folks. I was lucky enough to meet DB (8351 and 8822) who subsequently invited me out on the 5o, promising me that it would be like a drug dealer pushing heroin into my n00b veins. After I got over the bewildering array of controls in the cockpit, I was enjoying myself immensely and found DB's remark to ring very true. I was absolutely hooked. DB was kind of enough to take me out on many more practice sessions after that.

 

I can say, without any doubt or hyperbole, that I learned more in the first 20 minutes of 5o sailing with DB than I had learned in the previous 7 years cumulatively. Besides having a lifetime of sailing experience that he shares generously, DB is an absolutely stand up guy.

 

I've been somewhat like a kid before x-mas for the past few days leading up to my first race. I read and reread the racing rules and made mental and physical checklists of my responsibilities during maneuvers. I made it about a half an hour early to the lake this morning. The forecast was for around 6 knots tapering off through the afternoon. Though I'm not yet experienced enough to judge the windspeed accurately, the whitecaps and breaking waves on the shore indicated it might, in fact, be higher than 6 knots. It was definitely stronger than any breeze I'd previously sailed the 5o in. Although DB was disappointed that the wind died over the next hour or so (such that it was maybe 5-8 during the races), I think it might have been for the best.

 

The RC managed to get 3 races in on the day with the last being twice as long as the previous. Over the course of those races I managed to lose the spin sheet and guy under the boat twice, accidentally tripped the pole release twice, lost the guy out of the fork once, and tangled the jib sheets around the spin pole at least two times. Upwind I did a bit better and they were probably the best tacks DB and I had done together. My fumblings with the kite cost us dearly and the light air favored the Thistles. I honestly don't know how we did on corrected time in our class, but I bet we did alright. DB is, I'm sure, disappointed with our sailing. Hell, we sailed bad by any objective criteria. Even knowing all this, I can't keep from smiling now several hours off the water. The CSC community are great folks and good sailors, the weather was pretty decent and cold beers taste that much better after a day on the water. Most of all though, I'm smiling because I'm no longer a regatta virgin and I know that I'll be racing sailboats for as long as I am able. Thanks, again, to DB.

 

Good On YOU and and especially good on DB!

 

Mistakes happen and that's partly why many of us race. There is something intangible about racing that tests your consistency of execution, focus and toughness (mental and physical) that no amount of training and dinking around can equal.

 

The one thing to think about and remember from this your first experience, is how it felt like when things went right. visualize that and repeat it in your mind's eye. And THAT will improve you the most for next time!

 

Good Luck!

 

 

Kudos to DB; I agree with your remarks. This write-up highlight a very important truth: one of the best ways to get people into your class is to just take them out!

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Alriiiiight!!

 

Bring your friends out to enjoy your new obcession!!!

 

They will love it as well!!

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Thanks for the kind words. All credit definitely goes to DB. I suspect that it is on account of folks like him that the 5o class remains internationally strong nearly 60 years after its creation.

 

I should also add that when I say that we sailed bad it is on account of my individual (lack of) performance.

 

Cheers,

 

J

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Man, it's great to see this kind of post, especially in contrast to some of the other BS that takes up space here, and especially in contrast to the numerous "How can we grow interest?" threads.

 

Way to go, Jack. I'm jealous because the only sailing I've done this year was yesterday on an all-but-windless lake in Worcester, MA, in a rented nameless 14' 4ksb. Still, it was sailing and I loved it.

 

Cool cool cool.

 

M

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Awesome write up Josh! Let me know next time you're racing out at Jordan and if I'm in town (ie not racing) I'll come spectate/take photos!

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I know there's a lot of words, but no one's forcing you to read it.

 

Today (June 14, 2009) was my first time competing in a regatta. The race was hosted at Jordan Lake in central NC as part of the Carolina Sailing Club summer series. There was strong (for our location) representation in both Thistle and Flying Scot classes (around 8-9 boats each) as well as a handful of boats in an open class including two Buccaneers, a Catalina 16 and my ride for the day, a 5o5.

 

First, the obligatory sailing autobiography: first time sailing was 7 years ago on a Hobie 16, until the 5o5 came along, this was far and away the most fun I'd had on the water. I then bought a 22' cruiser in need of some work. I hesitate to call this a mistake because I learned a ton about sailing and boat repair/construction/maintenance. However, it turned into a year and a half rebuild from the bare hull up so I spent much more time sanding then sailing. About the time the boat was getting finished I started to realize that I could be having a lot more fun on the water. I was lucky enough to sell it several months ago to a couple that are better suited to it than I. Along the way my old man and I took ASA courses through the bareboat charter level and I sailed anything I could find, which was mainly rental Sunfish.

 

Through a posting on SA, I ended up at a CSC regatta just to watch and meet some folks. I was lucky enough to meet DB (8351 and 8822) who subsequently invited me out on the 5o, promising me that it would be like a drug dealer pushing heroin into my n00b veins. After I got over the bewildering array of controls in the cockpit, I was enjoying myself immensely and found DB's remark to ring very true. I was absolutely hooked. DB was kind of enough to take me out on many more practice sessions after that.

 

I can say, without any doubt or hyperbole, that I learned more in the first 20 minutes of 5o sailing with DB than I had learned in the previous 7 years cumulatively. Besides having a lifetime of sailing experience that he shares generously, DB is an absolutely stand up guy.

 

I've been somewhat like a kid before x-mas for the past few days leading up to my first race. I read and reread the racing rules and made mental and physical checklists of my responsibilities during maneuvers. I made it about a half an hour early to the lake this morning. The forecast was for around 6 knots tapering off through the afternoon. Though I'm not yet experienced enough to judge the windspeed accurately, the whitecaps and breaking waves on the shore indicated it might, in fact, be higher than 6 knots. It was definitely stronger than any breeze I'd previously sailed the 5o in. Although DB was disappointed that the wind died over the next hour or so (such that it was maybe 5-8 during the races), I think it might have been for the best.

 

The RC managed to get 3 races in on the day with the last being twice as long as the previous. Over the course of those races I managed to lose the spin sheet and guy under the boat twice, accidentally tripped the pole release twice, lost the guy out of the fork once, and tangled the jib sheets around the spin pole at least two times. Upwind I did a bit better and they were probably the best tacks DB and I had done together. My fumblings with the kite cost us dearly and the light air favored the Thistles. I honestly don't know how we did on corrected time in our class, but I bet we did alright. DB is, I'm sure, disappointed with our sailing. Hell, we sailed bad by any objective criteria. Even knowing all this, I can't keep from smiling now several hours off the water. The CSC community are great folks and good sailors, the weather was pretty decent and cold beers taste that much better after a day on the water. Most of all though, I'm smiling because I'm no longer a regatta virgin and I know that I'll be racing sailboats for as long as I am able. Thanks, again, to DB.

 

What Josh didn't mention was he and DB helped another n00bie rig up his new to him NACRA 5.2 and were pretty much my exposure to CSC as a boat owner. Their gentle prodding in the face of howling winds for Jordan lake made me rig the beast and take her out for a maiden voyage. I couldn't have rigged it without them.

 

These guys are the real deal. I expect them to fly!

 

Just my $.02

 

psquared

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@psquared It was great to see the Nacra's sails go up on the beach! Hope you had an enjoyable day and started to figure your new toy out. Just give me a shout via PM if you need a crew sometime in the future.

 

@Storz You bet! I'd like to get out on some of the "big" boats you're racing now.

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@Storz You bet! I'd like to get out on some of the "big" boats you're racing now.

 

Shoot Doug an email, I think Blue Yonder is on the lookout for crew for some upcoming regattas. ;)

 

For all the fussing and stuff that happens on SA there are a lot of really cool people on here, it it weren't for this website I would be doing ZERO sailing this summer, all of my rides have in one way or another come from contacts on here, and that is just cool.

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@Storz You bet! I'd like to get out on some of the "big" boats you're racing now.

 

Shoot Doug an email, I think Blue Yonder is on the lookout for crew for some upcoming regattas. ;)

 

For all the fussing and stuff that happens on SA there are a lot of really cool people on here, it it weren't for this website I would be doing ZERO sailing this summer, all of my rides have in one way or another come from contacts on here, and that is just cool.

 

 

I am always looking for new crew. The old ones are OK but the creaking knees & long gray beards are a bummer.

 

Glad to hear that CSC is still running & bringing in new people. Don't under-rate sailing small boats on inland lakes, it's way more fun than not sailing and it can certainly teach a lot. Jumping on the front end of a 5o5 and wrestling it into submission... or even 2 falls out of 3... is pretty good for a first sail IMHO

 

FB- Doug

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Thanks for the kind words. All credit definitely goes to DB. I suspect that it is on account of folks like him that the 5o class remains internationally strong nearly 60 years after its creation.

 

I should also add that when I say that we sailed bad it is on account of my individual (lack of) performance.

 

Cheers,

 

J

 

First Josh thanks for the kind words.

 

Second we sailed badly as a Team not because of your mistakes. All those who have seen me at 505 regattas can attest to the fact that I can screw things up, specially tactically.

 

I'm glad to have you hooked on Racing in general and 505's in particular. Too bad we didn't have the wind Sunday that we did yesterday when we were testing the new double pole system.

 

Thanks to Kingseye for showing me how it's done. No more loosing the guy from the fork now.

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