Check out the damn-near perfect sailing conditions at the start of the 2016 Patos Island race at SNSYC. Flat water, maybe 6 knots of breeze with positive tide to make it feel like more and keep the VMG up over 5 knots for pretty much everybody on leg 1. Watch closely and you’ll see eventual race winner Mischief (Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen) absolutely launched off the start line. Results are here: http://www.snsyc.ca/Racing/race_results.aspx
Warning: if you are one of these, “I’m done with the rat race in Vancouver, I want to move to the island” types, this video will not help.