Being a media crewmember for the 2012 Atlantic Cup means the author can look all he wants, but he just can't touch.
My preparations for the Atlantic Cup had me feeling like this would be just like any other distance race. A week before the event, I pulled out my gear, and started to check the weather forecasts online. I dug out my lifejacket and replaced the CO2 cylinder and strobe after manually inflating it and letting it sit overnight to ensure there were no pinhole leaks. I was ready for this, or so I thought.
Ryan O'Grady gets ready for the Atlantic Cup as the media crewmember aboard the Class 40 Mare with Ryan Breymaier and Jörg Riechers.
Shorthanded ocean racing has a split personality. In most places around North America, the shorthanders are the eccentrics placed at the bottom of the scratch sheet, where we question the sanity of those willing to sail a J/120 or Express 37 doublehanded. In Europe, however, the shorthanded sailors are the sport’s biggest rock stars. A once French world, dominated by the likes of Franck Cammas, Roland Jourdain, and the Peyrons has recently grown to include Brits like Mike Golding and Ellen MacArthur, as well as Spaniards like Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez.