|The Coast Guard had established a racing zone that went from the starting line up to the Bay Bridge. In the interest of safety, this zone was for the exclusive use of the race boats. But to our surprise, just after the start, most of the race boats headed out of the racing zone and into the spectator fleet, an area that was densely packed with dozens and dozens of boats of all sizes. It was a daring (and somewhat risky) strategy to go charging through the spectator fleet, but a race boat could get some tactical advantages by steadily going to the right rather than short-tacking up the narrow racing zone. This had to cause some consternation for the Coast Guard, though, since the whole purpose of the racing zone was to promote safety by separating the race boats from the spectator fleet.