When I was in my 20's I used to play in the work golf competitions every month. I was a real hacker starting with a handicap of 40 which blew out to 44 (the club max) and eventually improved to 35 or so.. Back in the really bad hacking days all I ever needed was one good hole or even one good shot, the thrill of landing on the green close to the pin on a par 3 or even from a fairway wood would motivate me to go to the driving range and come me back competing the following month.
I'm finding the yacht racing is the same and I also noticed that my brother in law who crewed his first race looks like he found the same one good shot thrill.
Even though we came 3rd last, there were a few fun moments in the race that were like that "one good shot" in a poor round.
Absolutely, when you are starting out, you find your victories where you can. Winning the start, beating your nemesis to the mark, having a clean mark rounding etc.
But like any sport, once you get the bug, you might start to care more about the end result. When that happens, you better break out your wallet, because you can spend a LOT of money trying to win one of those $10 dust collectors. It goes far beyond buying a high end set of clubs to improve your game. In Sailboat racing money really can win races!
The name Anarchy is very appropriate. I enjoy it there much more than I ever did on Cruisers forum where they moderate way too much. Som mods there seem to love the opportunity to wheld their power and have their own interpretation of the rules.
Hi Yes I have never thought of it like that. I think to improve break it down into its elementsWork on starts ,hit the line as the gun sounds , mark rounding , boat speed , tactics etc Good luck and enjoy Tarn