I spent most of my early years sailing dinghies, but I’ve been primarily racing keelboats of late. I have no regrets, and I’ve learned a lot about how to win in keelboats, but in the back of my mind, I’ve held that my small-boat days are far from over. So when the opportunity to race the Tasar Worlds in Gamagori, Japan, with my wife, Libby, came up, we were both enticed, but we agreed, with some trepidation. Three other teams from Seattle were going, including our friends (of similar age) Jay and Lisa Renehan, who won the 1998 Worlds, so we’d be in good company. Still, we wondered whether we could compete against younger and fitter crews. Would our experience and cunning be enough to offset our atrophied hiking muscles?