To be eligible to race, I had to join the Fishers Island Yacht Club, the sponsor of the races. My interview took about 15 seconds on the club lawn, and I think the dues cost me $15 the first year. That year, I finished third and was excited enough about the sport to join my high-school sailing team the next spring. When I was 16, I moved up to second. And my last year of junior racing, I won the first-place trophy. A year later, I began teaching sailing every day at the club in Bullseyes. Although I officiated at the Saturday races rather than sailing in them, I learned by watching how the front-runners made their winning moves. My father bought a family boat that year, and we took it to the Bullseye National Championships, where he put me at the helm and we won the three-race series with two firsts and a second. The next year, we won again, this time with three firsts.