Here is a slide that was shown at the US Sailing Sailing Leadership Forum (USSSLF) in San Diego this weekend.
I wasn't there. I stole this picture from Scuttlebutt on Twitter.
Why is team racing so appealing?
I must admit I have never really taken much interest in it before.
Perhaps because I have always felt that there's no "me" in team.
I know US college sailors do it and it always seemed a bit esoteric not to say kinky.
We tried it once or twice with Sunfish on New Jersey lakes and discovered that
- the fastest sailors always win
- lake sailing is all about shifts and puffs
- maybe we were missing the point?
But somebody at USSSLF says it's social and has high racing "value" (whatever that means) and it builds camaraderie (I like camarades) and even a good loss is fun (I know all about that!)
So perhaps I have been missing out.
Perhaps I should try team racing this year?