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    Heading for Sicily

    20 July 2015

    On Saturday morning we dropped anchor off ? Ponza. A few days to get some perfect varnish and an occasional swim! This morning, Monday, we are heading for Sicily! ...
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    Sunsets and sunrises

    17 July 2015

    Last night (16th July) we left the port of Viareggio at sunset to start our journey south to Sicily. We sail with 4 crew: Captain (me!), First Mate/Engineer (Stefano Valente), Chef (Stefano D'Oria) and stewardess (Roberta Pietrasanta). Covers are on, the ship is stowed and we are ready for our 450 NM voyage. This morning we were blessed with a beautiful sunrise off the Italian coastline as we pass the island of Cèrboli off Elba. READ MORE +
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    Posts and thanks!

    13 July 2015

    Since a wonderful week at the last PCYC event that was Argentario Sailing Week we have been in Viareggio and are back into the maintenance mission. The combination of salt and sun makes a beautiful coat of varnish all glazed after only a month of usage. As soon as an event is over the protective covers go straight back on to the 80 year old hatches and we target the worst spots. A never ending story!!
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    Training day 1

    19 June 2015

    This morning we headed out for a crew training day. There were light conditions initially that slowly built while the new crew gained confidence. With only 9 on board today we have a further 6 arriving tomorrow to turn it up a gear and be race ready for friday morning."Argentario-Eilean Argentario-Eilean-Boat Eilean-boat-Argentario...
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    Good morning from Argentario

    15 June 2015

    Thursday (11th June) evening we left the port of Viareggio in good time before the southerlies started pumping making departure impossible. The sun was setting as we negotiated the sand banks and we sailed on down to Porto Santo Stefano for Panerai's Argentario Sailing Week. All is quiet at the moment but in a few days time there will be 40+ classics lining the dock and the hustle and bustle that goes with them. Hope to see you there! ...
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    Eilean in Antibes!

    12 June 2015

    "The first regatta of our season took us to the 20th edition of Les Voiles d'Antibes which successfully lived up to all expectations. Although the wind gods were not on our side blowing light each day we still managed to clinch 4th position in 3 races, and considering our rivals are considerably lighter than us we were delighted with the result. Panerai, of course, put on a wonderful show as usual with great hospitality ashore in the tent and with a lovely dinner on the dock under the gleaming varnished...
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    Antibes… here we go!

    4 June 2015

    The first Panerai event in the Mediterranean is just around the corner and our voyage from Viareggio to Les Voiles D'Antibes over the last 24 hours was blessed with flat seas and easy 'sailing'. We also had a guest on board captured in these photos. ...
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    See you next week!

    26 May 2015

    Last coat of varnish and we are ready for Antibes. See you next week!!! ...
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    Waiting for Antibes

    8 May 2015

    As we get closer to Les Voiles D'Antibes, our first Panerai event during the first week of June, everything is coming together. Yesterday we went outside and checked out all of the navigation instruments and carried out some tests on our 2 x 110hp Yanmar Diesel engines. Everything went well. We were snapped on our way back in by professional maritime photographer, James Robinson Taylor. ...
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    Happy Easter from Eilean!

    3 April 2015

    In the last 2 weeks Eilean has been out of the water and had her propellors checked and serviced and the bottom of the hull antifouled. She was relaunched looking fantastic at the beginning of this week and since we have been continuing with the varnish and engine room maintenance. Photos attached show our third crew member, Roberta, varnishing the hatch grates, Stefano applying grease to the propellors before launching and also working away in the engine room. We also welded an eye onto the bowsprit fitting to assist with our...