The next race was a slight rollercoaster that fortunately ended on a high note. After being unable to hold our lane off the start, we tacked out on a decent angle, and were looking pretty good as we entered the windward mark approach in the top five. The fleet was as tight as ever, so we decided to go for an early gybe after the offset mark for clear air. I swung the boat when suddenly my brother John was yelling for more heat. Seeing the chute pop nicely, I figured this was unnecessary until I saw the reason for the call. There was a boat approaching the windward mark to leeward of us. So we dropped the spinnaker, and started spinning. We quickly lost at least five boats. Fortunately, we sailed well the rest of the race, and crawled back to a fourth. Lesson learned: remembering to double check your blind spot is as important on the race course as it is on the highway.