Once around the course.
It was an exciting race overall and we placed second, a few seconds behind Stars & Stripes.
At times during the race we crossed each other’s bow, so close it raised the hair on the back of my neck.
At other times, one of the True North boats looked to be headed for a collision, directly amidships, only to alter course at the last possible minute.
It became obvious during the race that the experienced captains were out there to race, not just take a bunch of tourists on a pleasure cruise.
That, in itself, made the experience, and the work we put into it, much more exciting and meaningful.
We felt the actual thrill of competition and got a taste of what it must have been like for the crews, during the real World’s Cup.
On the Dutch side of the shared isle of St. Martin (French) and Sint Maarten (Dutch), in the Caribbean.