In addition, I'd like to offer some rules from our local Duck Dodge. It's friendly racing. Notice rules 2,3,5,7,9 and 11.
Over this summer there have been numerous collisions, some of them pretty serious, almost all of them involving pushing your right of way right up to a violation of rules 2,3,5,7,9 and 11.
Rule 1: Starboard Tack has Right of Way
Rule 2: Rules of the road apply
Rule 3: No hitting one-another(With or without boats)
Rule 4: Take all marks to PORT unless noted on Race Course
Rule 5: No hitting one-another
Rule 6: Bribing the committee is against the rules (while anybody is looking)
Rule 7: No hitting one-another
Rule 8: There is no rule number 8
Rule 9: No hitting one-another
Rule 10: Follow all the rules
Rule 11: No hitting one-another
Rule 12: Never make a duck change its course (Dodge the Duck)
Registration procedure: Sail by the committee boat before the start. Tell them your boat name and sail number. Be sure they acknowledge you. That's it!
There are no customs unless you go really way off course.
Rule 12, wouldn't that be "Dip the Duck?"
Sounds like our club. They say follow the rules of racing, except no protests (what? protests are part of... nevermind).
If you are considering the Catalina 22 over the S20, why not consider a Capri 22, all around better boat than the Cat 22, found nearly as cheap. Get the race package fin keel if you wanna race but that'll be the hardest to trailer... Wing keel regular rig for easy trailering. Wing keel doesn't sail as well as the fin... so trade offs are obvious.
Great race in our tiny club... decent winds for once.. probably 10-12 (not bad for a hot summer day, we'll take that)... Took a newb out to crew, and I think he's hooked. Our club is always starved for crew members.
Took a fellow club member out on his S2 7.9 earlier in the week, we had 10-12 most of the sail, then got hit with a T-storm, and we did some storm prep and sail, so we went over gearing down, and storm prep... gave him a ton of tips for racing while out that day... Must have clicked with them as they were consistent last or 2nd to last place in our club prior. Yesterday they improved dramatically, and it was great to see, not sure what corrected results are, but I bet they weren't dead last.
My opinion is the objective of our club is to make everyone a better a sailor, so in my mind that was better than our own personally poor performance in that race.
Loving the fishtank -> sailboat analogy, although tip 2, buy it, hide it somewhere, and say, OH look I had no idea I had this sailboat... um, yeah, that's not gonna fly (unless its a 505 in the back yard).
Anyone have any creative tips on financing a used sailboat with less than 20% down?