That brings us to the Old Goat Sailing Society, a membership so revered that their ranks are listed in a two-page spread at the very forefront of the 80-page Scratch Book and Sailing Instructions (yes, 80 pages...it was a colossal fleet). To become an Old Goat, one needs to compete in 25 Mac Races, which breaks down to an estimated 60 days at sea, 50-100 thunderstorms, or 250 watch changes. The man currently at the top of the list, John Nedeau, Sr., has contested the Mac sixty times. Yes, sixty. The Old Goat aura permeates the event. There are retired Old Goats, active Old Goats, and youngish-type Goats-in-Waiting who only need three or four more Macs before earning their Old card. You run into these guys everywhere, they're the very fabric of the proceedings. Now every offshore race has its veterans and regulars, guys who turn up year after year. But nowhere are they respected and honored as they are at the Mac. It's cool.