Looking back on it, somebody on the team was always figuring out what to do next. Through dumb persistence, by sweating small details as if they were large, we learned to sail fast enough, smart enough, and with enough combined confidence and paranoia to win the championship. Reed and I--along with Pete, Matt, Rachel, and others--did dozens of things throughout the season like Petes bottom job. A few, such as adjusting our mast rake, probably made a measurable difference, but without instruments or two-boat testing, we were rarely sure. What we did learn, though, is that such persistence always contributes in terms of team psychology.