Before we get too far, it’s important to note one very salient fact: We never got to Scotland. Not even close. What follows, then, is no account of a triumphant ocean crossing. Rather, it’s a cautionary tale — about going to sea on schedules, with an overreliance on unnecessary technology, on a boat not quite ready for an ultimate test. Poor decisions, bad luck, extreme weather and sketchy juju all came into play. No, it wasn’t all terrible; anytime you head offshore, you experience firsthand nothing less than beauty, wonder, mystery and even truth. And you always learn some things — about boats, weather, people and more. Yes, we learned some things.