We are back! And what a return to folkboat racing it was. Most of us had not raced in earnest with full crew since the Internationals in late September 2019. Tom Reed (111) and Paul Dixon (105) had blown off the cobwebs with a warm-up the weekend before when some of us were still scrambling to get our boats out of yards. Yet there was no way to prepare for what we faced, two long days in the circle with a choppy flood and 25 knots of wind with gusts in the early 30s. It was brutal. On both days a boat lost crew overboard. Three days later I can barely sit down.