Does overnight racing count?
I don't have any long passages, but I have two races, 55 and 80 miles respectively. Two vastly different experiences:
Eastport to Solomons, Md. on my 3.75ktsb. We were immediately left behind at the starting line and raced alone all night. The sky was crystal clear, and the moon was full and bright all night long. On each tack, the running lights illuminated the foot of the jib eerily, but the water was a beautiful silver. There was only one commercial ship all night. The heavily tilted and inactive Sharp's Island Light loomed over us like a sleeping sentinel at one point. The pink and orange dawn arrived, illuminating James Island, pine trees and pelicans. It was gorgeous.
Governor's Cup (Annapolis to St. Mary's College) on a C&C 35MkIII
In this race, we were in the middle of our competiton all night. It was an ugly, upwind pounding the entire way, with no moon, under a sky of hammered lead. It was somehow comforting to have the running lights of our competition nearby, but it was always nerve-wracking when they'd tack in front of you and their black sails would blot out what little ambient light remained. There were phospherescent jellyfish in the water, that when the hull slammed down, would flash brightly as they slid down along the hull. Dawn brought Point No Point, Point Lookout and the St. Mary's river. We fired up the oven and cooked this delicious cream cheese and sausage breakfast pastry as we raced. Best fed crew in the fleet.