With many of the competitors already in the area by Sept. 11, the organizers of the 2001 Finn Gold Cup at Eastern YC in Marblehead, Mass., faced a tough decision whether to sail the event in the wake of the terrorist attacks. No one wouldve faulted them had they decided to cancel the regatta, but they eventually decided to carry on. Sebastien Godefroid, 30, of Belgium, was one of the sailors who hadnt yet arrived in the U.S. and for the last few days before he boarded the transatlantic flight, he wasnt even sure they would be a regatta. "If it would not have happened, it would have been right also," he says. "We decided we should sail because the Finn class is one where everyone is really friendly; thats a nice example to set against what happened." While the class was setting an example in international relations--many foreign sailors had to borrow parts or whole boats from other competitors in order to compete--Godefroid was setting the standard for his fellow sailors. On Saturday, after finishing five races inside the top three in a full range of conditions, Godefroid won his first Gold Cup by 4 points over Mateusz Kusznierewicz of Poland. GPS caught up with the new world champion today as he was packing up his boat for the trip home.