The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

Take a Racer Sailing

I have long argued that one of the quickest ways to become a better cruiser is to go racing as crew.

It also works the other way around. Brooke (on the left) owns and seriously races a J/109 on Narraganset Bay. So while she was visiting with our friend Ed, she came out sailing on our J/109 and taught me a huge amount.

This was particularly good because she owns the same boat, but even without that added advantage it’s well worth persuading a skilled racer to come sailing on your cruising boat. You will learn a lot.

Pro tip: Racers love beer.

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