The first is, any day sailing—even a bad day—is better than a day doing something else. The Chesapeake is always a beautiful place to sail if there's wind, and I had never been to Fishing Bay before. And even though there were just some 36 entrants, I met a lot of great people (and sailors) I had never had the pleasure of knowing. John MacCausland and Mike Hecky, who have turned Laser road-tripping (and Masters racing) into an art form, showed up in their van, driving down from New Jersey. And they were so friendly, and free with advice and encouragement, that no one minded that an out-of-state contingent was kicking our local asses (MacCausland won the regatta easily, and Hecky came 6th; and to really motivate the locals for next year, their fellow New Jersey-ite Eric Reitinger came second).