To say that this past summer’s 2016 Newport Bermuda Race was an unusual, historic event would be to traffic in understatement. Several days before the June 17 start, a forecast of extreme gales in the Gulf Stream persuaded the crews of more than 50 boats, out of an original entry list of 185 yachts, to sit this one out. Surprisingly, many of them were the largest vessels in the fleet, crewed by all-star professional sailors. Once a few of those pros made their intention to bail clear, there was a mad rush to the exits. It was a bit of a head-scratcher. After all, the event is an ocean race. What did everyone think they’d signed up for?