I'd spent a fair amount of time in boats before this, but it had all been in either powerboats, canoes or rowboats. I was intrigued by sailing, and hoped I might get a chance to try it, but I had come just to watch the race and visit with friends. When I arrived I spoke to a few of the people I knew and was introduced to others.
Not long after this Reiner, the Team Captain (also a skier). and another man came over to the WSU contingent. They were looking for a WSU student to "crew" on one of the boats as one of the scheduled sailors had not shown up.
Reiner told me later not to feel bad about the events, "I'm sure it wasn't your fault," he said, "[The skipper whose name I can't recall] capsizes just about every time he goes out."
* The only part of this sentence that was true was the part about being in boats a lot.