Non-fleet member -- accepted?
Hi, all: When I logged in just now (surprised I remembered my username and password!), a notice at the bottom of the login screen told me my last login was in October of '06. That's about right. In October of that year I sold my beloved Scot, #4592, and happily walked away from my sailing club. My wife and I had joined a couple of years prior and, both being new to sailing and enthusiastic, finally had enough of the completely absurd in-fighting in the club. That, and the sad lack of participation (about 17 Scots in the club; a good race day was three on the water) just finally led us to sell our boat--a fine Scot we had carefully improved for racing and had taken to two away regatta (both were a blast!). We both miss sailing and our Scot. We're shopping for another one. So, my question is: Are folks who aren't members of a fleet (or sailing or "yacht" club) welcome at other fleet or club races? What's the protocol for that--if any? I don't expect to hone any decent racing skills with such occasional racing; but, at least we'll avoid the children and their petty arguing in the local club. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice. P.S. Anyone know where good ol' 4592 is these days?