Few sailors would try what Andy Horton did. In the spring, he bought a Moth, one of the world’s most challenging boats. Over the summer, he trained on his own. The following January, he competed in his first regatta, the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Australia. “I had never really sailed against another Moth before I got down there,” says Horton. “I was joking with my wife that I was going to a world championship halfway around the world, I’ve never sailed against another boat, I can’t tack, and I can’t jibe. Other than that, it’s all good.” Despite his shortcomings, he made the gold fleet, and although he was far from the top of that group, here’s how he approached the event.