Good steering was crucial in these shifting winds. "We told the helmsmen, 'Steer to maintain speed,'" says Gahagan. "Too many people get locked into steering compass courses. It's much better to sail better angles to keep the boat going." Still, Carina had her troubles. A cloud that produced a 30-knot squall proceeded to leave her parked in a calm for half an hour, watching the transom of a competitor disappear over the horizon ahead as the boat's speedo showed triple zeroes. "We got that one back," says Gahagan. "We were lucky there wasn't much running. We have to sail sharper angles than other boats."