This picture from yesterday's beer-can twilight is deceptive. These are troublesome conditions for me. The breeze was an easterly at about 5 knots. At least it was steady. But the chop was large and substantial from the west. The problem is always to control the boom, especially down wind. Sometimes, I have resorted to strapping the friggin' mainsail amidships and let the spinnaker do the work. (Let the waves ooch the rocking boat, Laser-style.)
Rigging the preventer is always on my shoulders. If anyone gets hurt on Psyché's Song, it will be in little or no wind and in a chop.
Out of 27 boats we finished 12th on elapsed time and corrected to 13th.