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A Pattern Revealed

“All good up here?” I ask the bowman who is rotating off the boat we are rotating onto. It’s a courteous way of asking if I’ll run into any surprises or potential breakdowns as I get my playground in order. We’re midway through the Argo Bermuda Gold Cup Match Race Regatta. Our skipper, Taylor Canfield, and the rest of my teammates make quick pleasantries with the passing crew. They’re not as upbeat as we are. Perhaps they are not having as good of a day or just lost a match. With four matches going on at once, it’s hard to know how anybody is doing at any given moment.

“All aboard?” asks the “barge master” before sending us on our way, making room for the next set of teams to rotate.

As we push off the barge, our roles unfold. Putting the “Canfield” name placard onto the mainsail is not only first, it’s an honor badge, a patch that says who we are and who we fight for. I would think

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