Absolutely cheating is encouraged, it wouldn't be a CLR race without a little "fair" play!!!
Just to throw out some cheating ideas...
-leader pops the balloons that will help locate the race markers.
-General boat sabotage..you know, anchor dragging, rigging changes, extra ballast, banana on the rudder, etc.
-Kites, spinnakers, drifters, extended masts, grandma's bed sheets, whatever you can muster.
-Be named Rich or Matt, or look like them.