“When you’re out on the water, your world becomes a lot smaller and a lot simpler. It’s very simple and direct. You have nothing to worry about except the task at hand. How fast are we going? How fast is our competition going? Where are they?” says Ryan Braymaier, co-skipper on Hugo Boss, a 60-foot monohull sailboat.
It was one five sailboats that raced from New York to Barcelona last June, part of Ocean Masters, a series of sailboat races along the lines of Formula One auto racing. Teams sail various routes around the world accumulating points.
Five teams left New York, but only three reached the finish line. A New York Times cameraman hitched a ride with Team Hugo Boss and returned with what’s now a 16-minute online documentary of the 15 day race.
The team, a newbie American and an experienced Frenchman, had never sailed together until the start of the race. At one point you see them sail over a shark. You see the ups and downs of racing across the Atlantic, 24/7 with three hours on, three hours off and often there’s really no off.
Dolphins pace them, as they sail the routes of old clipper ships. A rouge wave takes one boat out of the race when the captain suffered four broken ribs. When close to Barcelona a sudden wind knocked Hugo Boss over; the crew had to get the capsized boat upright.
This has nothing to do with the Chesapeake Bay, but anyone who sails will enjoy this video.