I sailed at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay last night. This was the first Laser sailing in over three weeks for me. Yes, I was getting antsy! The air was light, which is highly unusual here in the summer and unfortunate for me. I had only brought my Radial from Ohio, and in addition, I’ve put on some pounds during my travels. So it was hopeless to begin with. I had a fantastic time anyway. I met Sorosz and Ralfeez from TLF, which really made me feel at home. The Thursday night sailing was friendly and when I was out on the water, at times, zenlike. It feels great, but this is a problem for me--I go into this fantastic relaxed zone of doing and not thinking, but I don’t yet have the experience to be doing correctly. This is especially a problem at the start. So here’s the question: What do you do for a great start? I’m not asking necessarily for things like Vanderbilt starts or sitting on the line. I’m asking for your state of mind and how you attain it. How do you maintain the right balance of aggression and thought? What are you thinking and feeling at the starting line?