Boat collisions occur at speeds that connoisseurs of carnage would find comically slow, but when you're involved in one, especially on the first start of the first day of a major regatta, it seems like the end of the world. While I can't speak for the rest of the crew of the IMS-50 Idler, when we were holed by the fellow 50 Javelin right before our first start of Key West Race Week 2003--losing our helmsman, Ken Read, over the side in the process--I thought we were done for the week. Luckily, Kenny was quickly recovered and the hole in our starboard quarter was neither structurally threatening nor flood inducing. In what seemed like many minutes, but was actually only a few seconds, we were on our way upwind. We pushed hard and clawed back, and won the 4-boat IMS class by one second over the Farr 49 Canvasback We're racing in the 4-boat IMS class but are also being scored in PHRF 2. Unfortunately, our PHRF finish was a little deeper, sixth-place.