My crew for the 2001 Challenge was Bruce Carter, 52, whos enthusiastic, fearless, tireless, and a reasonable cook. Along with five other multihulls and 30 monohulls we were sailing the Long Course--196 miles from Sarnia, Ontario, to Rogers City, Mich., via the mark at Goderich. Thirty-two other monohulls were sailing one of two shorter, more direct courses to Rogers City. The pre-race forecast on Saturday, June 30, was for southwest wind, 8 to 12 knots, clocking to the northwest and building, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. As it turned out, we got thunderstorms and a whole lot more. Bruce and I would carry on to Rogers City through some of the worst weather Ive experienced at sea. We were the only boat--though we didnt know it at the time--that didnt seek safe harbor during the race, at least temporarily. In victory, our emotions ran the gamut, however, as wed later learn that two friends on Great White, Guy and his teammate Shelly Hind, lost their lives.