Next we studied the conditions in which we’d likely be sailing. This helped inform the designer about what we would need to perform well. We combined that information with what we knew from personal experience about our intended venues. For example, we spent the summer of 2014 sailing the TP52 in Newport, Rhode Island, and in every regatta, the wind was less than 10 knots. If the wind was offshore post-frontal, it would be breezy in the morning, but by the time we started, around midday, it would drop quite a bit. We usually started around 11 a.m., and if we had a sea-breeze day, the first race would be in light air. The race committee was usually anxious to start races, so there were often several races in winds less than 10 knots. By the last race of the day, the wind would be up to around 14. When we sail in Florida — at Key West, for example — it’s generally light, or if it is breezy, the sea state is still relatively flat.