"Why sail a 470?" Es gibt da natürlich viele Antworten, auch jenseits von "Macht halt Spaß". Hier gibts viele Gründe auf Deutsch, aber auch die Australier haben habe so ihre guten Gründe. Wenn auch etwas mehr aus Profi-Sicht:
Und dann gab es noch so ein schönen Artikel mehr aus Amateur-Sicht von Ron & Susan Hofacker, leider inwischen aus dem Internet gelöscht worden, den ich hier einfach mal retten und hinkopieren mag:
Is a 470 the boat for you?
Article by Ron & Susan Hofacker
There are lots of conceptions and misconceptions floating around out there about the 470 and the 470 Class that can affect your decision to purchase a 470 and become involved in the class activities. Some of them are:
1."They are complicated boats and are hard to learn to sail."
2."I don't have a chance against the "Hot Shots."
3."I can't afford a 470"
4."Now that I own the boat, what do I do with it?"
"They are complicated boats and are hard to learn to sail."
This partly true and definitely false. They are more sophisticated/complicated than say a Vanguard-15 or a JY-15. But, this doesn't have to be a problem for the beginner. My wife and I had never sailed before we got a 470 and learned to sail. We continue to learn about sailing and racing with it. I can teach a beginner the rudiments of sailing in a 470 in the same amount of time it takes in a so-called simple boat. The key here is to set the boat up "by the numbers" as you would with any boat, and go sailing. It isn't necessary to adjust the jib traveler, for example, to learn the basics. But when you're ready the capability is there. The boat grows with you as your skill increases. This is not a boat you will soon outgrow. On the other hand, there is no question that boat tuning is an element in winning races. Most people consider the 470 to be under powered so you are always trying to finesse a little more performance out of it. If you want to learn about the fine art of rig and sail trim the 470 can teach you. In some ways the 470 reminds me of my old MGB (a British sports car...). It was under powered and I "tinkered" with it all the time. But it was the most fun car I've ever had.
"I don't have a chance against the "Hot Shots".
The 470 is an Olympic Class and the Olympic Hopefuls" do get into the boat. But, I've raced an awful lot of races without the Hot Shots around. Plus, everybody benefits from the continuous improvements that this level of competition produces. What is your attitude on learning and improving? Are you interested in learning from the best? The 470 class can provide the opportunity to learn from the very best.
The United States 470 Fleet has 2 major groups of competitors:
1) The Weekend Warrior and
2) the Olympic, or International Competition level.
It is a current goal of the Class Association to try to coordinate the interactions of these two groups to the mutual benefit of all. The Weekend Warriors work with the new members on everything from sailing, boat rigging, and racing basics to hiring guest experts to demonstrate technical sailing, racing, and rigging techniques for the experienced racer who wants to learn more about how the experts are doing it. At the Olympic level, the United States Sailing Team Coaches work with the current Sailing Team Members to refine boat handling techniques, boat tuning and set up, and other elements of competing at an international level. In many cases the US Sailing Team members will teach 470 specific sailing clinics for the beginning 470 sailors. In this manner skills and techniques flow down from the very best 470 sailors to those just beginning, whatever their age may be.
"I can't afford a 470."
A brand new Olympic ready 470 with all the extras might cost $14,000. However there are a number of alternatives to the "write the BIG check" option. An Olympic Level competitor frequently buys several boats during his/her campaign. These boats become available at reduced prices depending on the age and condition of the boat and equipment. This is a good option for the "newbe" because these boats are completely set and tuned up. Often times a Weekend Warrior will want to "upgrade" to a newer one of these Olympic competition boats and will want to sell his/her current boat. These may be excellent bargains from $1000 to $1500, with all the extras, plus more. These boats may require some TLC. These boats are competitive for many many years. A 1986 boat won the local Seabrook Sailing Club series races in 1999, for example. What we tell the beginners is to start out with the lower cost boat, learn how to sail it. If you like it, upgrade to a newer boat. The upgrade may only be another couple of hundred dollars. The costs of a new set of sails are sometimes higher than their boat's resale value. The Weekend Warrior can often find excellent sails with very little use from the "Olympic Hopeful" for very reasonable prices.
"Now That I have boat the boat, what do I do with it?"
Work with your local fleet is the best bet. They can quickly help you with questions in a one-on-one manner. The Class Association tries to help as much as possible. You can contact us through The United States Fleet web site that contains information about boat handling, rigging, and getting around the course and 470 sailing events at http://sailingsource.com/470na.
"I've never been in a boat before", said the Mole.
"What?" cried the Water Rat. "Believe me, there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats", he said dreamily. "Just - messing - about…"
Even if you're like the Mole and have never been in a boat before you may find that messing about with boats is great fun. If you like to tinker with boats and test your "improvements" against friendly competition, if you like to squeeze the last erg of performance out of your racing machine, if you're looking for a boat that is as interesting for the crew as it is for the skipper, if you have dreams of Olympic competition get in touch with us or a local 470 owner. We'll be glad to get you started right.
Ron and Susan Hofacker started sailing in the Spring of 1979. Their first boat was a 6 year old 470. With some help from enthusiastic Galveston Bay 470 Fleet31 members, practice, and reading, became competitive by the Fall. From there they raced locally and worked with the fleet to grow from3 boats to 25. In1994 they and Steve Tacconelly won the United States Sailing One Design Award. Susan is a past member of the United States Sailing Team. Not only have they raced hundreds of local races, they have raced many National and Olympic Level regattas. They currently hold the office of Co-President for the United States 470 Fleet and maintain the 470 North American web site, Galveston Bay Fleet 31 web site and local 470 fleet newsletter.