Chris joined the ARC rally for a week-long trip from Bermuda to Portsmouth VA. This is the second time he's done a last-minute sailing trip and it proves to be quite an adventure. Basically, he finds a captain that needs crew, figures out where to meet them, and gets there. After that, it's all up to fate.
|Some ARC boats|
|Wandering the town|
|Always in trouble|
|Fortunately not as much trouble as this guy...|
|Gorgeous start to the trip|
|This isn't good. At all.|
A pleasant start to the voyage turned into a bit of a hair-raiser. Two big storms. A broken engine. A generator that wouldn't start. A wind-meter that went kablooie.
|A break between storms|
|A chance to catch their breath|
|Next storm moving in|
This is what a Coast Guard boat looks like in the dark on heavy seas. It's a cool effect, but it's from wave activity making the lights trail in the moment it takes to snap a photo. In other words, everything is moving out there.
|What you look like after 6 days with little sleep|
|Keeping humor during the storm|
|Snatching a moment of unconsciousness|
This is one of those trips that makes you realize that there is a reason they call it an "adventure". But he's home safe and sound now. And will likely find another captain in need of crew.