My longtime friend, Norwood Davis, of Richmond, Va., inspired me and Whitey Lipscomb, also of Richmond, to form a partnership to campaign one of the new 42s. It is quite a challenge putting together a sailing program from scratch, as there are endless details to look after. In July we opened the season with a sixth place out of 11 boats in the Swan America Cup. Each day we had a different helmsman, which didn't work because you need to learn each day. From there we joined the NYYC Annual Cruise and sailed in the cruising division. Our next race was the Stamford-Vineyard Race. Our goal all summer had been to place in the top three at the National Championship. We got off to a slow start with a 14th, but soon learned that a consistent average would be the ticket to the podium. We worked to avoid traffic and stay clean. There were some hairy leeward mark roundings, but there was plenty of forgiveness all around. In the end Mustang finished second. It was a thrill to be part of it. These boats are going to provide great racing for many years to come.