Nightowl - you are so right about the anticipation bit - I'm going 14-27 Oct on the Yankee Clipper. I've been on 15 foofoo ships (as the WJer's call them) and always had a great time anticipating. Sometimes they were worse, sometimes better than anticipated. None were terrible, just not as good as others - to be expected. This WJ thing, though - has me REALLY anticipating - it's SO different than a foofoo ship - have you discovered the message boards?
The coconutelegraph is Windjammer's corporate-owned board, currently being renovated, but it's at:
and the other main one (which requires registration):
then search for windjammer fan club
both are great and have a lot of tips. Another one for tips is Kahuna's: