OK, I'm at the Trials this year without coach support, and it's not so bad. The event organisers have made a point of having a good detailed weather forecast posted every morning where we all can read it before racing, and there is a Vanguard rep on the water to fix whatever may break on your brand new charter boat out there on the course so you can keep racing(Va. No food or water is provided, but the race days aren't too long. Not having a water boat is weird becuse I'm from Florida where it is hot and a water boat is standard equipment, but whatever. The weather has been moderate so far, and I have friends out there who will stash water and powerbars for me if I ask. That I won't do as well as Paige, Anna, Sarah, etc., duhh. I don't think there is much we can do about folks having an advantge without making absurd rules, which seems to be what Ross is getting at with his sarcastic post. Their advantage goes way beyond what is happening on race day, anyways. Regatta organizers could provide the necessities (food, water, breakdown pit-stop, weather reports, tow in/out in adverse conditons) and anything beyond that is luxury. Getting a tow back when the wind dies to nothing and there is an outgoing tide: necessity. Having a warm coat in between races: luxury.