Don't let anybody tell you ocean sailing is easy. Of all the endurance sports I've dabbled in over the years - marathon running, triathlon, cross-country skiing, cycling - offshore sailing is easily the most grueling. In those other sports, no matter how knackered you are in the moment, you know you'll be in your bed that night.
'Variable' is the word for the weather on this passage north from Florida to Annapolis. Since departing Friday morning, we've had it all - light downwind sailing, light close reaching, heavy downwind sailing and currently even heavier close reaching, which later today is going to become a dead beat to windward.
I've been talking with Erik a lot, and he's got several bunks available for his summer cruise to Greenland starting May 18. (By the way, Erik was on the podcast a few episodes back - listen here for more info on him and what he does with Bagheera). So I'm enthusiastically helping him to fill them!