I worry about Elayna. A couple video's ago she posted how having the child has made her mentally scared of the dangerous things they sometimes do now that the child is part of the risk.
Humans are sucessful because mothers are risk adverse.
They want to pair up with the fittest hunter with the biggest, safest cave. When she pops the sprog she hunkers down in that cave protecting the kids and sends the bloke out for food.
Family groups only move when forced to by dwindling game or some external pressure.
As cruisers we need to acknowledge we are taking our partner out of their natural safe zone and to make them feel as comfortable as possible by turning the boat into their safe cave.
And to reduce risk. The percentage risk on this trip is higher than other months. It's do-able but the risk is higher. It's that increased risk that is assessed differently by each person... And can have long term effect. There's quite a few relationships that have suffered because 1 person assessed the risk in a different way than the other and now refuses to do the long passages... Or has gone home.
À coupla notes of their voyage so far: so dad, Greta, and mum are just passengers? Elayna has her hands full with the baby. That just leaves Riley & Nikki to sail the boat and they're doing 2 on 2 off.
2/2 is unsustainable. I like 4 to 6 hour watches so the other gets good sleep. I would also ensure the others, seasick or not, take their turn on watch. If they are novices then get them learning now. If they are seasick getting them active is vital IMHO.
Getting proper, good HOT food in 3 times per day is *vital*... It's not just a nice thing to have when the weather breaks, but a vital necessity for everyone even if the boat is on its ear.
There was dome mention of a lot of sail changes and physical work... Ummmm, I tend to treat the boat very delicately on long passages. I don't want to break stuff. I'm probably less zealous about making sail in storms, I'm more zealous about reducing, keeping the pressure off the kit, than making fast days. Mind you with a storm brewing up the butt speed looks essential here.
Finally, as someone else mentioned, Riley and Elayna are used to passages by themselves. It must be a whole different dynamic with 5 extras on board. I noted the bit about decision making being shared. Don't come on my boat and try that.
It's all a very interesting voyage. I am sure they'll be fine. I just think the risk percentage is well outside what I personally think is acceptable for me. Now they're out there they just need to mitigate risk and carefully plot a course around these constant gales.