So I've been racing dedicated programs in Chicago every summer since '89. 22 years by my count.
I think I'm going to take this year off and see what else this fair city has to offer. The more I think about it the better it looks. Figure I can always party on Wednesday nights and cruise if the weather is nice.
Anyone else done this? What were your results?
Chicago/A3 Heresy Alert!!
I had been doing the every-weekend, every-day-of-the weekend thing on (mostly) one boat/program from the late 70's until the late 90's. Meaning I'd stick w/one boat for a few/several/many years, and do all that A3(+) had to offer.
After a while you do get burned out.
After a while, as a result of some circumstance or happenstance, you find yourself with a free weekend or two, and realize there are other things to do with your free time, and other folks who are worthy of hanging out with (I know - blasphemy!).
So you learn something called "balance".
It will come in handy if/when you have a family (kids) who have interests other than yours, and with whom you'd like to spend some time (while you can).
At the very least, by being a bit more selective of how you spend your weekends, you may find that you enjoy racing more, and are more fired up about it. Curing the burnout. Recharging your batteries. So for the last ~5- years or so, while I still only participate with one program (I'm just that kind of guy), I commit to the events that I really want to do, along with some others that I think are important to do so that there is crew continuity/consistency and opportunities for practice, but still keep some time free for pursuing other things, or spending time with non-sailing family or friends. 25 or 30 years ago I would not have imagined doing such. Now I realize it is important to achive this balance, and it make me a more fierce and fired-up competitor.
What have you got to lose, other than missing a fraction of yet another racing season in Chicago/A3 which, when you look back at it 20 years hence, will disappear into the collective haze of all the other A3 racing seasons since time immemorial?