Tuesday, July 29, 2014
There are three types of Laser fleet in the world. (Or you could probably generalize that to any one design fleet.)
1. There is the fleet where you are the best sailor in the fleet. You win all (or almost all) the races.
2. There is the fleet where the majority of the fleet is much, much faster than you. The guys at the top of the fleet are past or current national or world champions in this class and other classes. You never win a race. You feel like you've had a good day if you break into the top half of the fleet in even one race but most of the time you are chasing around at the back of the fleet with the tail-enders.
3. There is the fleet where most of the sailors are about the same standard as yourself. Maybe there are a few beginners at the back of the fleet but on any given day any one of a whole group of sailors might win a race and sometimes even you do.
Believe it or not I have sailed my Laser in all three of these types of fleet. Yes even #1. And even these days I have the choice of whether I want to sail in #2 or #3.
So I started asking myself some questions…
Which fleet would you rather sail with?
Which fleet is the best for you if you want to improve?
Are there any of these three fleets that you would never want to sail with?
What's Wrong With Being Number Two?
Not Playing the Red Sox
Who am I?
Posted by Tillerman at 9:08 AM