Pick and choose your battles. In the example above if it was a foul it was small enough that our competition did not think it warranted a penalty. Jonathan made a choice to cut us some slack and as we talked about the situation ashore. It was a great reminder for me that not every situation requires a red flag and there are times to race competitors hard and cut each other slack. No shouting, just racing.
Knowing the rules. This is a tricky one in our sport. In the best of situations the rules can be confusing. In confusing situations it gets harder and as emotions in the heat of the moment get revved up thinking clearly can be tough. A clear understanding of the rules and quick acknowledgement of a foul with immediate penalty clears the air pretty quickly and will allow you to get back to racing.
No cheese. In the situation that I described above there was no real alteration of course and yet it would have been real easy to put the bow up and do a Hollywood and protest, place the onus and burden of a protest on us. But they did not and there is the great lesson. Nothing said if it was clean and keep racing. The conversation ashore revealed what I felt on the boat and yet a solid reminder from a great professional. No need to be cheesy on the water as there is a lot of racing in 2015.