Lesson 2: Don't rely solely on the umpires. In the Farr 40 class, the umpires will blow a whistle if they witness a situation. However, if there's no whistle, it does not mean there is no foul. In our situation, I mistakenly relied on "no whistle" as an indication of the decision. The DSQ cost us a North American championship; doing a 360 would have cost us three spots. In the heat of the moment it was a tough decision; keeping the big picture in mind will keep you in a regatta-winning mindset.