The end of day two and day three were a blur. Between bleary-eyed watches on the helm and deck, restless sleep being thrown into the bulkhead, and a number of reefs, we watched the sea state build and began to hear reports of other boats in the fleet encountering even bigger wind and waves: Morris 48, Icebear, broaching in 15-foot seas, and Jovini, a Little Harbor 46, hitting numerous sequential squalls. The most experienced sailors aboard were required to take on a heavy load, while those of us less experienced were put to the test. A handful of boats retired from the race, but most of them still continued the journey to Bermuda. After all, there were parties to be had!