It was a vexing conundrum because the vast majority of the boats that started ahead of us (Mini Maxis, TP 52, HPR, and Farr 40s) all played the hard left. Those boats are staffed by some of the finest sailors in the world. Surely, collectively, they know what they’re doing. We played the middle, but were largely to the left of the rest of the Swan 42 fleet, which favored the right side, especially on the first beat of each race. And we got whipped.