Rush is the slowest boat in a division that includes several J/111s and 1D35s. In yesterday's conditions, it didn't take long for the other PHRF 1 boats to leave Rush in the rearview mirror. "By the end of the second leg, we couldn't even see the other boats. We finished all by ourselves," says Sweetser. "I was thinking, 'Oh man, if it blows like this all week, this isn't going to be much fun.'"
As the breeze lied down a bit today, the fun factor aboard Rush increased dramatically. "Today, the wind was lighter, and we were able to use the big jib," says the Annapolis native. "Plus, Tomasso made some wonderful calls."