“Thanks for the watch. I’m not planning on taking it off until we reach shore. Mostly because it’s a knockout timepiece, but also because at least three of the other guys have threatened to pinch it as soon as I turn my back. I’m not taking any chances." Jack insists on “motivating” us with his collection of Irish sea shanties. I give it another hour before I send his mp3 player to the bottom of the Atlantic. Don’t get me wrong, I love these guys. There’s nobody else I’d rather join on a 635 nautical race from Rhode Island to Bermuda, but a man has his limits. And after two days at sea, I’m ready for some privacy and a bed that doesn’t move.
We left Newport in a flurry of excitement. Captain says we have as good a chance as anybody of winning this thing. But it’s been rough going. Nothing but wind and waves for the last 48 hours. Hoping the Gulf Stream treats us kindly and the skies stay clear. Counting the seconds, minutes and hours until I see you on the beach.” Fits wrists up to 8 inches.