In the end, we were able to roll Paul Campbell Jones and the Luna Rossa team, and score eighth place. The entire race for us lasted just over 9 minutes, a time filled with incredible hull flying acceleration, and instant death. Afterward, I was rotated off the boat to reflect on what had just happened. The crew, however, needed to put the disappointment behind them and immediately re-focus on the next race. To survive in the Extreme 40 Series, you need a short memory and the fortitude to shake off stress and loss. Every team has at least one bad race, and the key to making out of a race day on top is consistency. Oman Air recovered in the following race, scoring a fourth, but overall the team is struggling to find its consistency. After two days, the team was in ninth overall. By the end of the regatta they’d moved up to eighth, better but with plenty of room for improvement over the rest of the circuit. The next stop is in Cowes, England, in early August.