You know Petey, I like your attitude
Being a power boater, I made the comment in the break room one day about seeing these relatively fast sailboats with cool, multicolored sails at the lake. The new hire from Dallas pipes up "Those are Hobie Cats!" and proceeded to describe their design and revealed he was a proud Hobie owner. So we hooked up the next weekend to do some water skiing and sailing. After explaining to me how to trapeze and seeing I was getting the hang of it he joined me on the rail. We're screaming along and (in retrospect I think on purpose) the leeward hull tip disappeared into the back side of a wave. I of course hit the water first and remember looking up, seeing his silhouette on the end of the wire missleing in on my left and the boat coming down on my right. I instinctively turned away, took a big breath and covered the back of my head with my hands. As I was floating face down, still in a fetal ball, I could here him saying "John! John! are you all right?" I lifted my head out of the water, turned to him and smiling said "That was a blast, let's do it again!". The next Tuesday he was with me at the boat store, advising me of all the extra goodies I should purchase along with our brand new 1982 Hobie 16 #59501. Then our new Hobie friend decided our next step was to race in a Regatta and I'm thinking what are you crazy? last week I didn't know how to sail! He walked us through what would happen and since he hadn't won a Regatta yet, we could watch and follow him around the race course. Three weeks later a co-worker crewed with us at a Regatta and...another brand new 16 was purchased from our local dealer. Most of the Regattas we went to were hosted and attended by very helpful folks who always would lend a hand or make a helpful suggestion. There were also Fleets/Regattas where the C Fleeter's were somewhat made fun of, and some participants that were too serious about "their" sailing to put up with us. Or so it seemed to me then. Oddly enough the Fleet closet to where we lived just didn't have the right personality mesh for my wife and me. Although we didn't have a family yet, we had mush more fun with a Fleet twice as far from our home that was more family oriented. There is always opinion out there and I'll often search for common threads.
Isn't that the addictiveness of these boats? We have the rookie, still on a pink cloud and trying to assimilate every ounce of info possible. Then there's the die hard, trying to squeeze every ounce of energy to get that slight advantage, not make that fatal mistake.
We went to our Division Championships that first summer just for the experience, and it was great experience. The host Fleet was very gracious and we treated it as a vacation, making it a long weekend, sleeping in a Motel (we always camped), enjoying and exploring this new venue. We finished like 32nd out of 35 in C Fleet. You know, ahead of all the people whos boats broke and heck, our boat could have broke but it didn't, we finished dead last, had a blast and were proud that it was printed in the Hobie Hotline.
There are some people that are going to expect you to "pay your dues", to earn your right
to compete, that's the way they are. Go to some different venues, keep asking questions, keep reading, keep searching for the answers you want to hear, because the people are out there to encourage you and promote the Hobie Way of Life.