Who doesn't want a mother's praise? True, she will still love you if you lose, but she will love you even more if you win, and that begins with a good start. Starting well is hard enough as it is, but starting well in crowds is nearly impossible, or at best a crapshoot. Therefore make it a point to start in low-congestion areas. With open space, you can focus much more on your own time and distance. If you're battling in tight quarters with surrounding boats fighting for the same spot, starting well becomes exponentially harder. It's also easier to see the line in open-space areas. When it's congested, it's tougher to know where the line is, and there are more distractions, like luffing sails and people yelling.