The day had a promising start. At the 0800 position report, DB had picked up another place in the standings, moving to ninth, and was now just 10 miles astern of the eighth-place boat. The big, new 1.5-ounce chute was up, and the boat was making excellent progress in steady breeze. Then came the first mistake, in the form of a wrapped spinnaker around the headstay. The ensuing rush to drop and gather the kite was a comedy of errors, but the net result wasn't funny. The boat's best, fastest, newest chute--which was meant to be the primary workhorse for the final third of the race--was left in tatters. A date with a Hawaiian sailmaker will be its next stop.