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If I may add my penny worth from over the sea.

I sail regularly a 20' beach cat with the co-owner of the boat. We change roles on a constant basis. The crew on a cat is part of a team and not less important than the helm. He controls the jib sheet, dagger boards, barber hauler, mast rotation (we have special control for that) and position of the jib clew on the jib traveler. The helmsman is left with helming, tactics and main-sheet. The outhaul of the main is managed usually by the crew as well but not always.

And - to make his position more interesting, the crew has to point out wind shifts and puffs, look for the buoys and of course tend to the balance of the boat. On a catamarans equipped with a gennaker - he does that too!

I believe it is clear from the above that on a technical boat the crew is worth his weight in diamonds.

Mark (Nacra 6.0 NA)

 

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I crewed the same Guy for 5 years, and we did pretty well, partic if it was howling, as we tended to stay upright for longer due to good teamwork, but in the end I got sick of the helm getting all the glory, and went windsurfing instead! Now I stick to singlehanders....
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