The counter move, of course, was going straight to right gate! This was a higher percentage move, from a risk-reward perspective. There’s was a reasonable chance that we could have picked off a boat at the opposite gate that had a bad rounding or got tangled in traffic. But more importantly, we could have set ourselves up up for the longer term. While sailing the extra distance to get the clear lane, inevitably that distance can be gained back—and then some—by sailing fast in clear air and water, and in doing so, keeping it close up the second beat and minimizing distance lost.