I can't imagine the hollow feeling of watching that mast slip below the briney waves. I'm guessing "The Waves Roll Out" was not on that evenings set list.
I admire your guts in taking on such an expedition. My limited experience on a sailboat tells me I'm a bona fide land lubber. Vomiting is not my idea of a good time.
Glad you're home safe and sound. Did Meri go as well?