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Domination One in any big regatta is critical.” Belcher says he had a good start in Race 2, and accelerated well off the line. But both he and Page thought their number had been called for being over early, a premature start (OCS ~ on course side). They quickly had returned and restarted, and were now dead last in the fleet. “The wind was strong,” Belcher recalls, “and we were confident that in those conditions we are good fighters, we never give up. We got back to fifth. To this day, that was the best strong wind race I’ve ever sailed. We passed 23 boats. It was amazing. We got around the last

weather mark and were setting the spinnaker. I was excited. Both of us were feeling it, and were a little distracted. The set took longer than it should have. The dynamic wasn’t quite right. The spinnaker filled, and until the last second neither of us saw the Italian boat coming in from leeward. We were clearly going to hit them at speed. “We blew the spinnaker halyard and basically did a 180-degree turn in 25 knots of wind with the spinnaker flailing. We completely rounded up. Malcolm was able to get the chute down, get on the wire, and we were sailing upwind. We infringed upon the other boat, but we didn’t hit them or capsize or rip our spinnaker. I’m confident in

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