The breeze has built overnight, into the low 20s, and we’re surfing 5-foot swells under symmetric spinnaker and full main. The boatspeed numbers on our displays occasionally twitch higher into the midteens. Earlier, when the wind peaked a few knots higher, Zittel and our two other J/World coaches, Paul Martson and Patrick Farrell, took over the helm, standing watches. The full moon rose in the east, illuminating the Pacific ahead, as they kept the bow pointed into the illuminated runway, a white rocket careening through the night. Liftoff seemed a distinct possibility.