Kenny Dalglish, a well known footballer who has just rejoined Liverpool Football Club as manager after resigning the post 20 years ago, said that, whilst playing, he envied the supporters—their cameraderie, jokes, stories, and the atmosphere at Liverpool FC matches. Our sport of sailing is going through huge changes at the moment to make it more appealing to spectators. I believe that these changes, or at least the motivation behind them, are for the benefit of the sport. However, I cannot envisage a time when I would rather be watching a yacht race than out on the water participating. Our sport will always be a participation sport first and foremost, and Key West Race Week is a prime example of why. As a professional sailor, I spend most of my time sailing in professional regattas, where media coverage and return on investment for sponsors are key drivers. So, to come to multi-class events like Key West, where the prime focus of the race organisers is on the enjoyment of the sailors over a wide range of different classes, is something I very much look forward to. The event is always high on my target list of events, not least because January is a very good time not to be in England. But it's also a great event for catching up with friends and colleagues, and finding out what is happening in the year to come. I'm not sure whether it's causal or symptomatic, but I dont think it's coincidence that my three most successful years as a professional sailor have been the three years I attended Key West Race Week.