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    Posted: 08 Mar 07 at 2:15pm
  How's about a forum for pleasure/cruising sailors, must be loads of Dinghy/Yacht sailors who don't race regularly or maybe do both...It may encourage more discussion about scenic locations and seamanship and the like.
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Trouble is, you really need a bee in your bonnet to start putting pen to paper (fingers to keys). That's why this forum is so heavily skewed towards high-performance development classes (unless you can manage at least 5 posts a day you get kicked out of the Cherub CA ). These sailors are true evangelists - they have a message and, hell, they are going to share it!

Cruisers have a more even work/life balance. They don't get bitter and twisted if the weekend's sailing is blown out. They don't (as I did last weekend) look into the teeth of gale force winds at 1pm and still hope that it'll be alright by 2.30 for racing. In short, they are rounded individuals.

They would never survive in the jungle that is the Y&Y forum!

 

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Originally posted by English Dave

 (unless you can manage at least 5 posts a day you get kicked out of the Cherub CA ). These sailors are true evangelists - they have a message and, hell, they are going to share it!

 

That explains it, thought I must of been mising something...

I think in general you must be right, however there are a few extreme dinghy cruisers out there that are as mad as a box of frogs, sailing to Iceland and Norway in a Wanderer or the like....

Betcha a Cruising forum would get more patronage than the "How old is your boat" Forum and be slightly less focused on boat spec (which is interesting)  and take in a broader view of sailing.

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Originally posted by GK.LaserII

  How's about a forum for pleasure/cruising sailors

There are several around already - for example on the websites of more cruising-orientated magazines, where they have fascinating discussions about anti-fouling and the general unpleasantness of racing sailors.

 



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Originally posted by Stefan Lloyd

There are several around already - for example on the websites of more cruising-orientated magazines, where they have fascinating discussions about anti-fouling and the general unpleasantness of racing sailors.

 

AAHHH...its that old chestnut of rivalry between the Cruisers/Racers. There are racers and cruisers who actually drink in the same bar at some clubs (one even bought me a drink once). I was thinking of a forum that has some Dinghy cruising input, don't think there are many of those around...But as you say, this may not be the place..Just a thought though.

 Yachts and Yachting, January, Pages 56-59 cruising.



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If you saw the way I raced last sunday, you would have thought I was cruising, perhaps we should redefine cruising - those who race badly

Total muppet I tell you, could not get any decent speed out of the boat I was crewing on



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...you must have been crewing on a Laser II then
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Originally posted by GK.LaserII

...you must have been crewing on a Laser II then

FF15.

We had not got the bottle to use the spinnaker in 25+kts, but we were on the limit down the reaches as it was (with 30 stone in the boat, this takes some doing).  But then the forestay was very slack downwind anyway, so perhaps not using the spinnaker and keeping the mast was a good idea

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I just hope you don't know any racing/right of way rules: It's illegal to sail a 15 if you do!
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 FF15 mmmm Nice, apparently the Queen has one tucked away somewhere, unless she's flogged it on E-bay.

  There must be some closet cruisers here??? or perhaps they sneak over to dinghy mag and pretend they are someone else

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