This brings me to the final aspect that never seems to change for me—the boat and crew. Even though our family's J/80, Rumor, was technically totaled in the '05 crash, my Dad doesn't give up on boats. (My brothers and I actually did our first small keelboat sailing on a Tempest he salvaged from a dump!) After some serious bottom repairs, Rumor, USA 19, was back on the water. The boat has seen some great and disappointing moments, all with the crew largely unchanged. I guess that's easier to do with my family, as we compose a minimum of 3/5s of a J/80 team. We have some very faithful friends to fill in the remaining two spots. Mom helps transport the boat and acts as our crucial shore support.