Today was a fairly forgiving day concerning the wind shifts. However, with the velocity reaching over 20 knots at times, the forgiveness level was much lower for boathandling mistakes. Given the rust, this was very apparent for our first race. Never before have we broached twice and almost been unable to drop the chute all in one race. This is embarrassing, yes, but after having rounded the windward mark in second, we kept pushing after the downwind mistakes. The second run opened similar wounds, and we finished the race in seventh. Sadly, we did cross the finish line on our ear, desperately trying to get our boat in a position where we could clear our spin sheet off the end of the boom. As mentioned, we have rarely experienced such a culmination of catastrophes previously.