>Hello im intrested in starting competing but how good do i have to be?
To use a cliche phrase, Just do it. Race. I go to the US Open every year
on a shoestring budget and do very well, and more importantly have fun.
This year I attended the Open with just one race board (Pro-Tech 285) and 3
Windwing race sails (5.9,6.5,7.7). You've probably heard of the "42" class
that's popular in Europe, I vote for more class "13" racing (one board - 3
A friend of mine and I just got back from the Toucan Open in Nebraska. We
went with visions of short-board conditions and raced light winds in the
Windsurfer One-Design class instead. We had a blast...even without planing.
Race to learn and have fun. If you win, that's great too. Racing has
improved my sailing immensely. The occasional trophy sure stokes the ego
too, but that can't be the only motivation.
Get out there and race. See ya on the water,
Barry Ritchey (a.k.a. flat-water geek from New Mexico)