Race one got off to a slow start. A bad lane and a late approach forced us to tack out early to the right. The left side of the course was favored, and it became quickly apparent that we had a lot of catching up to do. Cutting our loses, we tacked back to the left, locked in, and found great upwind speed to grind back and round the top mark in fourth. Morgan called for a gybe set coming out of the offset mark, and as we were going through the maneuver, the leech tape of the spinnaker got caught up on the port spreader tip. The kite filled and ripped down the entire leech tape. I was really impressed with how well we were able to bounce back; we gathered the ripped spinnaker, and had the back-up sail flying within a matter of seconds. No hesitation, just good solid crew work. At that point we were in last place, and did nice work to grind back to the fleet. The second beat and run we had good speed and passed a few boats, finishing somewhere in the middle of the pack.