My pleas fell on seemingly deaf ears, so every season I struggled on the full rig passed down to me from my older siblings. But once I hit the age of 15, I discovered the value of the sail controls on a Laser. Slowly but surely I climbed the internal ranks of my home club sail camp, capsizing less, working harder, and sailing faster. My last year eligible racing juniors, I was able to borrow a friend’s radial rig and went on to win my sail camp’s internal regatta. Realistically, this doesn’t mean much today, but I was the only one of my siblings to win that trophy, so I was pretty pleased.