Maintaining a positive attitude during a race is essential. In the NOOD regatta we had two moments that could’ve turned bad, but a quick acknowledgment of our mistakes calmed our crew. The first was jumping the gun at the start—we didn’t think we were over, but who ever does? The first step in this situation is to flush bad thoughts out of your head so you can make a quick recovery. After restarting we noticed we were on a big port lift, while the rest of the fleet was still on starboard tack, as is typical for the first few minutes after a start. A few minutes later, the wind veered and we tacked. In an instant we were back among the leaders. Had we wasted time and mental energy complaining, we would have been too preoccupied to notice the wind pattern. A few races later we made the mistake of splitting with our two closest rivals (on points). Sure enough, we paid dearly as the rivals found better wind and took the lead. Once again, Jud simply said, “My mistake.” That was it, and we went to work to make up ground.