Everything about Latitude 35’s race was a surprise. No one expected Nick to get sick or Ethan to leave. No one expected Tom and me to stay, and I’m sure that no one expected us to finish. But another boat in our field had a much more predictable experience.

The Jean Marie completed its voyage across the Atlantic in 37 days, 9 hours, and 12 minutes—a decisive and expected victory. The winning team, Ocean Reunion, was the best in the race by far. But, as the saying goes, “Good artists borrow; great artists steal.” And I had a massive heist in mind.

As competitors, Angus Collins and I were fundamentally different. Even though I had trained under a classic European coach at Vesper, Angus was born with Yorkshire pudding ...

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