That's the kind of story worth telling over and over again. Always helps to know the rules.
Ot at least to have a partner who does. Aims was always looking for a loophole to exploit, sometimes saying that in order to win, we needed to "have a trick". At two of the other national championships that we won, we took off from the start with the boat on our shoulders, heading away from the water, and at one of those we also finished that way. We had a reputation as the guys who never actually got in the boat.