"We thought we were on a fast layline, which is a better place to be," Slingsby said.
"We've got to really see the bigger picture," he added. "It's tough, because we're competitive, but we need to keep the boat in one piece. If conditions are too rough or if there's a situation with another boat where we might feel we have the right of way and push for the inside, we might have to back off and take it easy and preserve the boat and make sure we're there for the match race."
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