"I very pleasantly surprised," said Ken Read, Uematsu's tactician and co-helmsman for the regatta. "For a racer/cruiser, in this light lumpy condition-you probably couldn't make a worse condition for a boat like this with an interior, it's built light, but it's not a grand-prix raceboat, that's for sure. Another thing is we're just learning a ton every day. It's fun in that respect. With 30 boats that are going to be out here in 8 months or so, it's a really nice thing for us in the industry to get such a big jump. It's been good. All the way around it's been a good experience."