I can relate my story of 1998 CORK, the Canadian Olympic Training Regatta at Kingston, Ontario. I sailed with my team as a 15 year old in the YouthFestival, held annually before the regatta. There were about 85 youth Laser sailors on the line and, to my own amazement, I went out and won all three races held. I came out of the event confident and cocky, ready to take on the "big boys" at CORK. As it turned out the "big boys" included names like Robert Scheidt, at that point a three-time World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist. It blew hard, and I was glad to make gold fleet much less 46th place in the event. During one race, the breeze came in from the west at 20 plus knots. Sailing upwind to the second windward mark of three beats, I looked over my shoulder and saw Scheidt bearing down hard on me, out on my starboard hip. I rounded the top mark only to watch Schiedt sail upwind 50 more yards to the finish. At that point, I realized I had much more to learn.