Exciting first day

We had an exciting first day. We made a fantastic start, first across the line and first under the Golden Gate but then our lack of local knowledge caught up with us and we got passed by boats who knew the winds and currents better. Part of our lack of local knowledge led to us having the wrong sail combo up and so we ended up doing six sail changes on my watch: from the #3 to the #1, then back to #3, then back to #1, then #3, then a reef, then a second reef. Now we have been moving along in sometimes gale winds and confused seas. Moving around below can only be done by hanging off the monkey bars, making me wish I’d focused more on upper body strength at the gym :)