As an eight-year-old, Augustin Diaz moved with his family from Cuba to Clearwater, Fla., where he joined the Clearwater Optimist Pram club for $10. When the family moved to Miami a year later, he was ranked fourth among 110 kids. Diaz earned All-American honors at Tulane University three times and was College Sailor of the Year in 1974. A frequent Snipe class champion, Diaz works in a family medical equipment business and says he "disappeared" for 10 years when his kids were young. Now he's racing again with a youthful enthusiasm, winning several major Star and Snipe regattas in 2002 and receiving a Rolex Yachtsman of the Year nomination. In 2003, Diaz has sailed well in the Star, and when he hit the Snipe winter circuit, he caught fire, winning three of four events. We talked with him after the final event in Nassau, Bahamas.