Lots of good info. Thanks. Crossing to Bermuda doesn't sound too good especially if you are a singlehander on a small boat
My sister has warned me many times about sailboats she had seen in the GS (the better part crossing from Florida) when the wind
was northerly that were just sort of stuck in big waves and going nowhere. (she was on either a 35' Yacht or 44' yacht with large diesel
with her husband and crew)
As far as load mouth skippers and punches, that just goes with the territory in buoy racing
which is why I was calling it ridiculous before.
There's yelling on the starting line. Then coming into the downwind mark at 5-20 knots with 2-5 other boats with spinnakers up, there are sometimes threats laced with foul language etc. especially if boats are overlapped
Then there's the rounding where you have to drop the spinnaker
and round without fouling which gets interesting as a singlehander since you have to let go of the tiller to get the spinnaker
down, then bring in the main (sheet in, traveler in), make the turn, and get back out on the trapeze. (but you cannot go wide around to avoid the other boats because then you lose. it's to slow that way. you have to stay in tight and fight for position)
Cruising and enjoying the day, nature, sun, moon, sky, coastline is a nice alternative to racing
is my thinking these days.......