In my laboratory one of the areas of study is the control of sleep, as a consequence, I have integrated my scientific knowledge with sources of information provided by others to develop my own “checklist” to follow when I race offshore.
It’s 9:30 pm and it’s the third evening of the sail to the Bahamas. I am on watch until midnight. We are using a 3 hours on and 6 hours off watch schedule since there are 3 seasoned sailors on board, Francis, Mike and myself.
Saturday evening was the third port stop event in this summer’s East Coast Expedition. Our final event with Epilepsy Foundation New England was certainly the most well attended, with over 100 people joining us for a sunset cruise in Boston Harbor aboard the Mass Bay Lines Music City Queen.
During the sail from Boston, MA to Portsmouth, RI on Monday, Phil aggravated an old back injury. We were hoping a day off would allow this flare up to subside, but he will need more rest before it is safe for him to sail offshore again.
Yesterday began before sunrise with a quiet walk down the marina dock to where Cepheus waited for us. Looking at the weather ahead, I wanted to get an early start towards a variety of options where we could tuck in for the night, if we wanted to.
As I went to Portland, I was on my own (solo), but coming from Portland to Boston I was sailing with Ilya (double-handed). Is solo better than double-handed sailing or the other way around? Neither is better.