There's a mini-Transat 650 registered for Anapolis to Bermuda. Makes the MC38 look like a luxury ride!
Clean, chime in any time here, didn't you sail Newport-BER on a Carkeek 40 (Decision)? I recall seeing one of your videos with a significant amount of water sloshing around down below. Who wants to be the designated crew to bail out down below the entire race?
Short coastal races like Ft Lauderdale-Key West would be extreme enough for me on the MC38.
and 2012 was an easy race - some squalls on the way there, and a short-lived period of high winds near the finish for some boats.., but overall mostly downwind, and no large seas
You must have been way behind us. Several line squalls well over 40 knots, seas over 4m at some points, a couple of big wipeouts, average speed of 'holy crap no 40 footer should be this fast'.
a squall is not a storm - they don't generate big seas.
i certainly believe you saw 40kts - the weather at BDA was more than just a squall, but i doubt you saw 4m seas on that race - the high wind didn't last long enough.