The skills needed to be successful at this are not widely held in North America today. Yes, we have some highly skilled offshore sailors but few short-handed experts, and most critically we don’t have a culture of excellence in this field. Compare this with France, where there is a strong culture of racing offshore and short-handed. Kids in France are more familiar with their offshore greats than Olympic sailors. They have established and developed infrastructure which supports this type of sailing, from established races starting at the local level and culminating in the Solitaire du Figaro, the unofficial world championship of singlehanded coastal racing. They have a pipeline of young sailors aspiring to be the next Gabart, the next Michel Desjoyeux. They have fleets of relevant boats, training academies, boatyards familiar with the complexities of offshore boats. For these reasons, France is a good model to aspire to, but in North America we are so far behind that we need to start with smaller steps—including creating some races and relevant boats, and expanding training opportunities. We have a long way to go to create the kind of culture needed to support this racing long term.