Well, good news and bad news... the good news is that Al is fine. The bad news is that his radio crapped out, and you can't do an ocean race without a radio. So, I had a call from the race chair to let me know he was scrapping it and heading home --
To answer a couple of other questions: it was supposed to have taken about 2 weeks, give or take a couple of days. They run the race every two years, so I expect he'll make another try in 2012!