Right away, we began sitting down and huddling around GRIBs, overlaying precipitation and Gulf Stream charts, and looking at wave projections. We eagerly awaited our Zulu reports and I was pinching myself. I had to stop drinking coffee since the watch schedule was going to be tight, maybe four hours. Bruce was open to listen to input and answer questions that I simply wasn’t going to get answers from anywhere other than a solo offshore sailor, and let’s face it, there are not that many of them available to talk to on any given day. Some of the expected crew bailed out, and it was down to three of us, Bruce, myself, and a Sausalito
sailor by the name of Julie Lucchesi.