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Who drives your boat?
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Dec 4, 2006, 5:11 AM

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Bruce submitted this letter to the Scuttlebutt newsletter, and now it's posted here for further comments:

* From Bruce Bates, Durham, NH: As a sailor who has raced and cruised for over 50 years, will someone please explain to me what the fun is in sitting in the main hatch and watching professionals drive your boat? I would rather come in last over and over and have the satisfaction of having done my best on my own than pay people to race for me.


Dec 4, 2006, 4:57 PM

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Guess some people just like to watch. That's why getting TV coverage of sailboat racing is so vital to our sport. It's so that they can watch and not have to get wet either. I don't like getting wet, but I can't stand just watching.


Dec 5, 2006, 8:42 AM

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Interesting connection with TV. I like going to sports events, but I miss not having instant replay. Must be my A.D.D. (or the beers).

What's important to realize that on most boats, the helmsman's job is to just steer. Sure there is more to it than just keeping the telltales flowing - they need to be able to steer thru situations. But since the tactician should be verbally steering the boat too, the helmsman's job is simpler than most think. There are plenty of folks who aren't very good sailors on their own, but they have learned how to steer.

My guess is that some people like having the control of owning their own boat, but don't have the patience and concentration needed to steer it when racing.

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