So we were eager to get into the race, feeling a lot more confident with how our mainsail was setting up. The wind shifted left just before start time, and we started two-thirds of the way down towards the pin with one boat to windward, two to leeward, and one boat tacking out and ducking immediately. I thought we had a shot at crossing the boat to windward of us so called the tack, but just as we went for it, they wound up and it turned into a dip. Not ideal, but at least we were on the right shift. Soon, the whole fleet was on port and now was our opportunity to see the effect of our rig changes. The conclusion is that we've made a big step forward. Unfortunately, having made the changes, we have a lot to learn about how to make gear changes in a race situation. Lesson 1 came about five minutes into the race. In the minute it took us to figure out how to adjust to the increase in pressure, we dropped to the second row. What was pleasing, however, was that, unlike previous days, where once we were behind we dropped off the back of the fleet, we were able to work our way back into the mix. Unfortunately, we ended up in fifth place again. We still have a long way to go, but it’s certainly a lot more fun being in a race than following the fleet at the back.