After 10 minutes of personal darkness, the storm clouds began to break. There were a few reasons for this. Firstly, we found out we’d won the first race. The finish was so close, and, with our boat on the outside, we were sure we’d crossed second. That was a nice surprise. The second thing was that on the day we’d moved from being tied for last to being tied for second, one point out of first. In the hunt after two days of racing, that’s all you can ask for at this event. Finally, I channeled my friend Ian a little bit. No matter how bad the race Ian can always mine some positive nugget to celebrate: a great takedown or start, a moment of great boatspeed, a solid tactical call. And on the rare occasion that doesn’t work, he’ll always toast the experience: on the water, sailing with friends, competing against some great sailors. And that’s really the bottom line question: Win or lose, would you rather be anywhere else?