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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