July 16th, 05:55 pst

4 am, pitch black the wind built to 14 knots and then died, and then built again. Double handed is great fun. Richard is sleeping tight, and I get to play with everything on the boat. When the wind dies, boards up induces leeward heel with the keel, trim, run to the bow to see if everything is fine. Then rush down to the navigation station to check for weather. Wow, that’s busy and fun. Very empowering. That’s a life worth living. So when people ask me why I’m doing this, the answer is *because it’s cool*. This is a great adventure. A busy one. An exercise in partnership. A personal Everest.