The advantage of being first to the course is having an open runway to sail an entire beat, and then some. For nearly two straight hours, we focus on the subtleties of feeling the boat, of feeling when it’s right, and when it’s wrong. What I pick up from Mike today is the priority on “re-setting” when the boat feels bound up and slow. It’s so easy to get lost in a haze or out of sync with the wind and waves. Here in Key West the chop and swell come from all over the place, especially for our Flying Tiger fleet, which is the fifth fleet start on our course, following the bigger ORC boats, which kick up the chop.