- I wanted to sail (for enjoyment!) with my kids
- I wanted something cheap, that holds it's value
- I still want to race (10+ boats racing most Sundays)
Yes, I could probably have got away with an Enterprise, but theres no racing fleet at Draycote, yes there are newer boats, probably more suitable...but they cost more and don't hold their value (remember my Laser.EPS saga).... and yes I could have carried on taking the kids out in my dads Solo, but we couldn't have competed...
The fact is that the Miracle, albeit not my favourite class, it doesn't necessary give me a buzz (yet), but there's a damned good fleet of them at Draycote.
In some quirk of sailing-life-cycle's the guys I sailed against as a teenager in Optimists and 420's etc now have families..and kids.. and are buying Miracles... So some bloody good sailors (including this years Miracle National Champ) sail at Draycote, with their kids... and even more are on the look out for boats to try!
So 2008 is gonna be one hell of a season for the Miracle fleet at Draycote... and me, and my kids especially... so maybe there will be a buzz, enjoyment in sailing with the kids... competition... it's all to play for.
Don't know yet whether I'll do the nationals, it would be cool too, but we shall have to see how the "crew" gets on with the boat and spinnaker (and me in a boat) etc...