Weigh-ins are a nuisance for competitors and race administrators. Many classes with crew-weight restrictions use the honor system for less important regattas, which I support. The present system favors crews willing to make major and sometimes unhealthy sacrifices to rapidly lose weight. This requires draining the body of its fluids. If a sauna isnt available, there are many creative methods employed. For example, at a recent event, a certain team was far over the limit. After popping diuretics, they practiced in the hot sun all day without consuming a drop of water. That wasnt enough, and with no sauna in sight, the crew donned its foul weather gear, packed into a tiny rental car, cranked the heater, and hit the road. A few hours later, they made weight.