I attended a talk last evening by a sailor (in his 70s) who sailed with Derek Hatfield and his partner and 5 other paying guests on the Volvo Ocean 60, Spirit of Adventure. The talk was given at the Oakville Yacht Squadron. Thanks Bill for inviting us!
They sailed for 9 days from Antigua to Nova Scotia in pretty much a straight line, reaching most of the way.
The experience was interesting, particularly the change of pace compared to traditional cruising. Limited amenities below, much bigger sails to content with, no autohelm, and only freeze dried food to eat after a few days.
I like the idea of being out on the ocean and going quickly. As a once in a lifetime it might be interesting to try.
Details about Spirit of Adventure can be found here.