There are advantages to thinking through why you might want to continue racing in a particular race or series, even if you are miserably behind—think after dumping it, going to the wrong mark, being over early in light air, being so far back in the rankings that you can’t get even close to your expected finishing place, etc. We race for lots of individual reasons but “to lose” is not on the list. Yet the Laser gives us plenty of opportunities to be spectacularly out of the running for an expected finish—then what do you do?
I remember an ocean regatta where I dumped in 25 knots with 30 plus gusts, and struggled to right my Laser into the wind. Each time I got it positioned and the sail began to pull free of the water, a wave caught the hull and washed it back to an untenable angle, which would have required a hiking human for stability. When I finally got my timing right and flopped into the boat, the race seemed beyond salvation and I was exhausted.