I had a Catalina 25, and will never forget my first race.. Of course, I was not the captain.
We were so heeled over, i thought I would have to 'step out' onto the keel ( which I really never knew what they look like ".
Very scary stuff for a noobie. I laughed the entire time from fear and may have wet myself a little. haha.
I have YET to lay 'my' boat like that.