Getting sailing experience with racing

This will be my second year sailboat racing on Lake Macatawa (Holland) since 1976 .   We race with the Bay Shore Yacht Club, an all volunteer organization.  Last year I spent half my time on the race committee boat with Charlie and crew, and the other half on Lickety-Split, a Hobie Cat (monohull) 33′ racing boat.  This year I will be considered regular crew and not a substitute.  Pretty cool.  And Tom and Jeff, the co-owners have purchased a slightly used J boat 35′, and are selling their Hobie Cat.  A new experience for all.

The weekly racing will give me about 20 days on the water, and I am hopeful to get a race crossing Lake Michigan.  The racing time will help me acquire more days-on-the-water, which is required with the USCG requirements.  I will miss the race committee crew becuase they are great bunch of people.  But actually, I will see them after the races in the yacht club.

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About John Weller

Brought up sailing on Lake Macatawa (Holland, MI). Raced Sprites (12 ft main and jib) at the local yacht club as a youth. Raced on LicktySplit J35, BlackBeard S2 7.9, and Lake Effect T30 on Wednesday nights with the Bay Shore Yacht Club racing organization. Enjoy teaching, sailing, and skiing to those who want an adventure.

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