There were some very good sailors aboard, including Robin’s fellow Brit Josh Hall and a young Frenchman named Bernard Gallay, both of whom would go on to compete in solo round-the-world races. The record we were chasing at the time was just shy of eight days, set by a giant French trimaran called Royale 2. Realistically, we didn’t stand much chance of bettering it, as British Airways was a much shorter, heavier boat, designed by Rod Macalpine-Downie. (A French sailing writer derisively nicknamed her “the truck of the seas.”) But that didn’t matter to me; I’d never been on a yacht that could knock off double-digit boat speeds for hours and hours on end. As far as I was concerned, B.A. did not refer to the vessel’s initials; nope, those letters meant Badass.