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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys, just wondering (ass the off season here in the west coast grows nearer and nearer) if any of y'all like to sail or race or just cruise around in a yacht (i do all of those) if so, what boats do you crew?

just looking forward to meet some bears with the same interests!
post #2 of 9
I've been on the water longer than I've been skiing. That's what you get for growing up around Annapolis, MD. I don't have a boat of my own, but the bulk of my years have been on my Father's Catalina 30, then, when he sold that in '88, he bought a Gulfstar 43 Center cockpit ketch. He still has the Gulfstar, but is looking to sell it, and buy a new project boat. One of my best friends is a racer who usually crews on the Annapolis to Bermuda or the Newport to Bermuda on a Swan 44. He also used to to race his own Star. I've raced catamarans and dinghys a long time ago, but nothing in years.
post #3 of 9
A yatch? Nah, too slow, too expensive & too much work. I like day sailors myself. I am restoring my dad's old sailboat that I grew up sailing. It is a 16 foot centerboard day sailor made of mahogany. It is ideal for sailing in lakes, which is my only option in Montana (and was when I lived in Oregon).
post #4 of 9
Hi Skibunny,

I took a sailing class in college (off Lake Michigan) and loved it. If you do a junior year abroad, definitely go sailing in either Switzerland (if/where craft are allowed; they hate motorized boats in their clean waters, esp.) or the Lake District of England. Sublime!

Don't have a boat. Know a guy with a catamaran I've been on once or twice, and he has a motor boat at Lake Hopatcong. Not bad but not quite the same.

I'd love to have a sailboat someday, but only if I had the right first mate.


Dante non ha mai immaginato questo cerchio dell'inferno!
post #5 of 9
Love sailing, do alittle windsurfing in Hawaii, used to hobie cat but that was alittle risking here in Alaska. We are on our fourth boat, moving up each time and really shopping for a deal. I found my current boat through an estate sale in Seattle, so we got an incredible buy. It is a 1990 34+ C & C. Took off two months and sailed it from Seattle up the Inside Passage and made an offshore crossing of the Gulf Coast to Seward, Alaska. We mostly crew on boats in the J-boat fleet regattas. We have a small but dedicated racing community here. I will try to post some pictures during the season if anyone is interested.
post #6 of 9
I used to sail all summer and race every sunday, but I just don't get out as much anymore. My local club is really small. The most boats that I can remember on a sunday is 15, mostly lasers. It wasn't bad when I was small because my river doesn't get much wind but as I grew it was kind of tedious. A regular sunday race would go something like this. 8:30am the regulars would gather for rigging there would be a slight light breeze. by 9:30 everyone would be out on the water with enough time to get a little sailing in before first gun. At 10 to first gun would sound, the wind ususally picked up by now and there is a nice breeze. Then the five minute gun would sound. Sometime around now unknown to any the visitors but like clockwork to the regulars the wind would drop a bit. It would slowly dissapate until the 1 minute warning when it would pick up enough to get everyones hopes up. Then at start time the wind would drop, as though that air horn needed to suck in all the wind to deliver it's ear shattering blast. And so the race would go on hour apon hour of sitting as close to the mast as possible, moving only as little as to smack the horseflys off the back of your neck, and getting painfully aquainted with the daggerboard. And so I learned how to sail.
post #7 of 9
It's a stinkin' regatta with no wind today!

Grew up sailing on the inland lakes. Races all summer long every Wednesday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Our lake and Yacht Club was part of the Inland Lake Yachting Association or ILYA which has members from Minnesota to Texas and New Jersey to Colorado. Single class racing with several different classes to choose from, all scows which are basically flat bottomed sailboats. The class A boat held the record as the fastest monohulled sailboat for many years. Generated enough speed and force to pull a waterskier!
post #8 of 9
Tag: Pull a waterskier??? No engine?? Even start the waterskier out of the water??? I´m not convinced, but anyway:
This Class A, what kind of boat is it, can´t be a single-hander... The fastest single-handed dinghy that I´ve heard of is a Moth, the fastest single-handed mono-hull the International Canoe and the fastest single-hand catamaran is the A-Class catamaran???!!! (the last one I´m not sure about)

lisakaz: I personally have never sailed in Switzerland, but I´ve heard stories... Makes me never want to sail there!!

As for the original post: I mostly race Lasers, but occasionally crew on keelboats, totally different, but can be fun!!
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Rio: thats cool, I have a daysailor also... I race that and a laser. ( I cruise in a Santana 30) one of my yacht club buddies (and I seriously don't know whay they call it a yacht club, its just a bunch of cool old guys who drink beer, sail and get their wrinkly bodies all tan- but its all good) who is my age (still in school-yikes!) always makes fun of my dailsalor, he calles it a D.S. (dog shit) he races a 17 ft. cat and thinks his balls are as big as bowling balls....Any ways, I live in Oregon and our ususal reseviour we sail in and kep our boat is like EMPTY.. Were going through a serios drought. My family has to haul our large-ass boat up to out lake house, where the water is ice melt (DON'T wanna capsize) anyways, my ski season is prety much over, so I'm looking forward to some quality sailing when summer holiday arrives!

"When hell freezes over, I'll ski there too"
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