At my daughter’s first crew meet, I stood at the starting line. Well, as close as I could get. Here is the line-up for her first heat:
If you can see all four boats, you win a (non-existent) prize! Certainly, I had time to look for them. The announcer took longer to line up all the boats correctly (“UC San Diego, put your left oars in the water one half pull, again, now a quarter turn… good, now Cal State Fresno, straighten your right oars and…”) than the race took. And it wasn’t a quick race. At last they were off!