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I'm thinkin I owe a story.
once upon a time (late 80s, fall), in a far away place (ME,USA), a very gusty day (18-25, gusts 30ish), in the harbor(harbour), a college team raced lasers (and more) in house. Ordinarily this regatta only includes team members.
So.. An outsider was let into the game. Kinda a short guy. Bad shape too!
Shorty thought he was screwed: can't beat these tall guys in this wind. Second thought (start sequence): shorty smiled cause he knew big wind is fun. He knew 3-4, of 15, could even deal. Gotta think outside their box. Port tack start, pin end (favored, shifty), ahead of all - a grin. Rounding the wx mark 3rd is ok - 4th ain't far behind. 1&2 are tall, good sailors. No one else in the game.
So....wind is up, gusty, some shift, running, 30ish, all out planing. 1st, 2nd pull their boards high. Shorty starts to pull his a bit as a big gust hits. 4th pulls his high too, and crashes hard 1st. Shorty drops his board (etc). 1&2 crash right in front of shorty. So..... 2 boats, 2 masts, 2 guys to avoid - while planing downwind fast, tryin not to crash. It was one of those times split second reaction is a thing. Running over these guys was the biggest concern. That concern lasted about 2 seconds.
Yah! Missed em, no one got hurt! Smiles again.
Also - 1st place, "I'm cool cause I get big wind better", "these guys must wanna know what I know" - were things shorty thought and was proud of.
The team (coach too) didn't want shorty to play anymore. Ok - the two top guys did want shorty playing. They all knew it was about learning from other guys. Even when you're not on the same page.