As it turned out, there was very little riding along involved. The Flying Phantom 18 is an incredibly physical doublehanded boat. Climbing aboard the catamaran, feeling cumbersome in my wetsuit, PFD, harness, helmet, and borrowed gloves and booties, I thought it necessary to mention to the helmsman that this was not only going to be my first time foiling, but my first time out on a trapeze as well. And I should add that the helmsman was Hans-Peter Steinacher, who won Olympic gold in sailing for Austria in 2000 and 2004 and is one of the founders of the Foiling Generation. To say I was intimidated would be a severe understatement.