This weekend I was cruising with friends and family (6 of us) in steady 10 to 13 SE winds with waves 1 to 3 ft. Beautiful day. Returning to the harbor and sailing at 60 to 65 degrees apparent I was doing 6.5 to 6.8 knts. A boat chasing me for several miles was an older Catalina 36 and he was slowly gaining. Eventually he past me and even worse it was one of my dock neighbors. I was forced to talk about this later at the dock. He had been doing over 7 knts but gave me an excuse. He has a fin v my wing keel, which is I believe about 500lbs heavier. I had 6 people; he had 2 and I have a fairly new 135 genoa, which is a great improvement over my old baggy 150, he has 150. I also have a 3 blade fixed prop; I assume he does too, but don't know.
If this were a real race how big of a rating difference would there be between the two boat. I need more excuses for my friend passing me.
Thanks for any comments.....
1994 C36 Tall Rig M1.5