How do the "I'm racing, are you?" events work?

Often, sailboat racing seems like the club with the bouncer and velvet rope. There is this line and not everyone gets in.

aaargghhhh, I hate that.

But when you think about it, so much is a matter of who you know. Sailboat racing is typically by invitation only. The owners, skippers and crew captains are always looking for new blood, but they are looking for specific types. Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict what types a particular boat is looking for.

If you ARE already racing, you got in because you knew somebody. Your performance on a boat leads to other opportunities and you go from there. A lot of people start out doing Beer Can racing and step into the more competitive stuff from there. If you are racing, then add yourself to the RSVP list. You get 'credit' for that. In the future your prospects are better if you have a history.

The good news is that lots of people are looking for crew. So make yourself visible. If you want to race, want to get on a race crew, it doesn't hurt to say so. It also doesn't hurt to hang around those who already race. The Got Wind and Water site, and the member's profile pages are designed to highlight the type of sailing you do or want to do. So use these parts of the site to get yourself out there.

If you ARE NOT racing in a posted event (meetup) that is a racing event, then RSVP 'Maybe', and in the comments section of the RSVP sign up process say clearly what you want. If you are not racing in that race because you are racing in some other race, say so by RSVP "NO" and put in your comment what race you ARE in, and what you are racing on. That helps. It gives you some exposure to Owners, Skippers and Crew Captains who are looking.

Pay attention to the people who are RSVPing 'Yes'. Get to know them. Send them an email through Got Wind and Water. RSVP for non-racing events they are in, and go sailing with them. Talk about racing and ask them questions.

It's not rocket science.

Don't be discouraged if you don't get invited. It's a matter of the right timing. You have to be in the right place at the right time. Meanwhile, get yourself some gear and go out on some of the Got Wind and Water events that involve hot race type boats (like the J105's). It's in these events that you'll learn the skills you need to race.

Good Luck.

Note: The RSVP comment edit process is a bit strange. If you forgot to put your comment in, you have to click on the phrase "change you mind about attending? text to edit your comment. Just click on it, DON'T change your RSVP, DO change or add your comment.

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How to edit your RSVP comment July 10, 2010 11:29 AM John
You are now an Event Organizer . . . Now What June 10, 2010 9:17 AM John
How do the "I'm racing, are you?" events work? April 18, 2010 8:33 PM John
Video Archive July 13, 2010 2:19 PM John
Another Rant February 19, 2010 4:21 PM John
One of John's rants - February 19, 2010 1:33 PM John
Our Old About Page February 15, 2010 9:37 PM John
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Format Changes February 13, 2010 9:53 AM John
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2010 Three Bridge Fiasco February 1, 2010 10:57 AM John

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