At the Hyannis Regatta I had the chance to jump on board the race committee boat and get a glimpse of the starting line from a new perspective. At an event like the Hyannis Regatta where such huge fleets are already managed seamlessly, it seems more useful to just take notes on how it all gets done.
Tom had a second to explain his philosophy of race management- that you have to prioritize and multitask all things that need to get done to make the race happen smoothly. After some stories of race committee incidents in the past, it seems that at the end of the day it's the committee's responsibility to really make the call that's going to benefit the entire fleet.
Aside from the great management and people, one other particular thing does come to mind for me when I think of Hyannis as a venue. As I was motoring out with a race management crew everyone was silent for a second just enjoying the horizon as we rounded the harbor corner. Someone finally said, "I think there's a reason we all ended up on Hyannis. Out of everywhere on the east coast, sometimes you just need a place that has a horizon."