If you want to race you just need to come on out and race. I am with Fleet 64 out of Austin and we have chosen to race as open hull events because of the amount of non-hobie sailors we have. Don't get me wrong, we have many hobie sailors, I am one myself, that race. We just felt that the sport needs to expand and thrive by allowing everyone to race. It is nice though when my hobie whips up on a prindle 18, 19, etc.
Because of this, we have also allowed everyone to race. As long as your boat is not modified in a way to jack with its portsmouth rating, extreme cut on sails, carbon fiber frames, etc. we will let you race.
You are exactly right when you mention that racing will make you a better and faster sailor. We have some of the best sailors in our fleet and at our regattas. The wealth of knowledge that they bring is tremendous. What is nice though is that they do not mind sharing it.
Unfortunately our racing season just ended, but we will begin again in March. The websites if you would like to take a look at them is:
If you are able we are going to attend the Fall Regatta at Lake Travis in Austin this weekend. Also, watch the catamaran.ws website for a race we have at the end of this month called the Wurstfest. It will happen at Canyon Lake and is a blast.
I am still trying to get to Angelo, but am just way busy at the moment. When I get a chance I will let you know when I might be able to come up.
Keep the pointy end up,