These early surprises illuminated some of the voyage's inherent dangers and prompted Josh to overcome his landlubber status. A one-time forest firefighter currently pursuing a degree in international relations, he quickly adapted to life at sea. "I was reading books and studying navigation while I was on the boat, so I had the advantage of being able to immediately practice what I was learning," he says. "Still, it took a long time until I really felt comfortable doing a lot of things. It's difficult! Steering, docking, pulling up the anchor, trimming the sails, following the windshifts, learning the different knots. It's never-ending."