Top 5 Ways You Know You’re a Cruiser Not a Racer

There are many different types of sailor. The two largest groups are surely “The Racer” and the “The Cruiser” and while there is a lot of cross-over there are some clear distinctions that separate the two…

  1. The first mark suddenly became the finish line as you realized the cheese plate would fall off the table if you tacked at that moment.
  1. You shot back at a guy with a gun on a powerboat.
  1. There is something filling a bag that says “spinnaker” in a stencil kind of print somewhere on the boat, but that’s all you know.
  1. Your “crew” consists of your mother, your wife, and your dog and the dog is the only one that pays attention.
  1. On the downwind leg, with the finish line in sight, you couldn’t resist and began barbequing chicken.
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Max Dolan
Max Dolan

I’m just a novice sailor, but am still about to “graduate” from an RK20 to a Catalina22, which appears to have a lot more sophisticated rigging and tools available to make sailing more efficient. It is just a matter of time until I cross the line to wanting to do a little racing. I believe that the fact that I’m going to be teaching veterans with PTSD how to sail (however imperfectly) will make racing inevitable! We’re “putting the squad back together” in a constructive way. The crew on each boat (I’ll have three beginning tomorrow), will work together like… Read more »

Robert Peterson
Robert Peterson

Make sure they can swim well. Otherwise the water becomes dangerous. Good sailors are made in small boats. When you can handle heavy air in a day sailor, then you can handle them all. Bigger boats are only slower and more clumsy. Remember on your boat you are the master and commander. No exceptions. Good luck!