Any hope we had of winning the regatta evaporated in that fourth race. We were over early, slow to return to the line, fouled another back-of-the-packer at the second windward mark, did our turns, and crossed the line without a single boat in our rearview mirror. In throw-out regattas you can get away with such a race, where things go wrong, you gamble, even gamble recklessly, and wind up with a horrible result. In a no-drop series, like the Swan 42 Nationals, that isn't the case. Of course, by the time we realized that we were in 10th.