For the tens of thousands who read Sailing World, racing sailboats is an important recreation. Look up recreation in the dictionary, and youll find that it is "an activity or pastime pursued for the pleasure or interest it gives." The words two parts, "re" and "creation," suggest that the activity serves to "create again" the person engaged in it. Thinking back to my decades racing in many different classes of boats, I recall most fondly those rare days when I was perfectly in sync with the wind or with my boat. Days when I managed to read the headers off the surface of the water, tack just as a header hit, and feel the sails fill a fraction of a second sooner than they would have had there been no windshift. None of those great memories, I realized, include time spent in rules disputes or in the protest room as either protestor or protestee. The best sailboat races clear my mind by totally blocking out everyday cares, problems, and worries, and, at the end, leave me tired but refreshed. Maybe that feeling is what is meant by the re-creation implied by recreation.