My focus towards everything has been about improvement, proficiency, and expertise. I enjoy applying this to a wide range of hobbies and sailing is no different. I started out learning to sail through basic training offered at any yacht club, spent some time learning with cruising clubs, and quickly wanted something more “on the edge”. The competitive environment inherent to racing meant that optimizing performance and efficiency finally mattered (often overlooked by cruisers as a low priority). Four years as crew on several different boats added to foundational skills for a next level.

At some point, not owning my own boat became a ceiling for my improvement. I am appreciative of the experiences, but the next leap couldn’t happen unless I started making my own calls and decisions as a skipper. I’m still a new boat owner but everything I had researched suggested that the J/105 was a true racing sailboat (not a racer/cruiser compromise). The J/105 is said to be forgiving and fast. It doesn’t easily get overpowered. It has a huge one-design fleet in a variety of cities nationwide. The class rules prohibit professionals. All of this told me this was a very good starting point into racing for someone with my background. I would be able to measure my own success on a level playing field appropriate for amateurs. All this at a tolerable cost especially compared to some alternative options,¬†with very low depreciation.

At the time of writing this, I still have yet to race my new (to me) J/105. The goals for this season will be to gather crew, encourage them to think and act as a team, and see where we can stack among the fleet from the start. The encouragement from other fleet boats so far has been helpful. I’m excited to evaluate our boat’s improvement, and my own, at the end of this year.