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Sailboat Cruising Versus Sailboat Racing

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 304

Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... let us examine the difference between the two.

· Sailboat cruising boat versus a sailboat racing boat...The boats themselves

A sailboat cruising boat has creature comforts... it is an effect a floating RV... you can cook, sleep, entertain and enjoy the surroundings in a sailboat cruising boat.

A sailboat racing boat is designed for one thing and one thing only... boat speed. Below decks in a sailboat racer may or may not have something so basic as a marine toilet.

The bunks, the galley equipment, the salon areas and all things that make a sailboat cruising boat a floating home... would only slow a sailboat racer down and thus not be present on a boat built for speed.

· Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... the skill set required is vastly different

To be a successful sailboat racer requires quickness, agility and strength in order to attain the maximum sailboat speed.

If you look at a team photo of a crew entered in the America's Cup, for example... you will see very young and very fit, men and women.

The exception is the Captain and the tactician... these two men or women are on board for their experience... knowledge of race tactics, and ability to make the boat go as fast as possible.

The sailboat cruiser on the other hand can be any age, any body type, and know very little about sailboat racing.

The sailboat cruiser is interested in having fun, being safe, and enjoying the fellowship with other boaters... in a stationary situation.

It is very hard to have cocktails or enjoy conversation while the boat is moving... as it is when you are sailboat racing.

Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing is as different as day and night.

I would not normally compare circumnavigation to sailboat cruising... but rather use it to illustrate a point.

I had a conversation with Bill Pinckney a few months after he had become the first African-American to circumnavigate the globe alone. I asked him what was the secret to successful circumnavigation.

His answer was very simplistic..." You have to stay healthy and you have to stay on board"...very similar to how to enjoy sailboat cruising.

Tacking is a maneuver performed many times in the course of a sailboat race... I asked Pinckney how many times he tacked going around the world... he thought about it for a minute and replied..."Once, I think".

Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... very different, one is a lifestyle... the other is a competitive sport.

Do not let the lack of sailing experience keep you from enjoying the wonderful lifestyle that is sailboat cruising.

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Gary Pierce is the webmaster of http://www.frugal-retirement-living.com he retired early at 49, he is still retired at 66.

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