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    Eilean’s Overnight Sailing

    27 August 2014

    Eilean’s fullmoon night regatta from La Spezia to Elba Island....
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    Updates from the Sea

    30 June 2014

    Last night anchored off the island of Procida to let the strong westerlies go through. Now straight to Naples for the regatta. ...
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    Argentario sailing week… How wonderful!

    23 June 2014

    Another fantastic Panerai event, Argentario Sailing Week 2014 had a wonderful fleet of 52 classics that have been racing competitively over the last 3 days. The conditions provided lots of holes in the breeze which meant the racing became very tactical, with a certain amount of luck involved! On Eilean we were not racing but catering for many Panerai VIP's and enjoyed reaching up and down the race course with a certain amount of spectating involved. My main mission has...
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    From Antibes

    5 June 2014

    “Sailing moments” from this morning in Antibes....
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    Heading to Antibes

    4 June 2014

    It seems however prepared you think you are the closing weeks of departure always seem to be a run around. On Friday 30th May we finally escaped the Port of Viareggio and headed west for Antibes. We have the same 3 'musketeers' as the previous 4 years: Stefano (1st Mate/Engineer), Stefano or Chefano (the Chef) and me, and this year we are joined by Roberta Pietrasanta from the northwest of Sardinia. Before nightfall we encountered a stowaway on board (see picture)...
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    New tanks!

    24 March 2014

    New tanks The new tanks have been made and are ready to be fitted. Meanwhile we are on a varnish mission, both interior and exterior. Doors, companionway steps, spars, etc. The sun is shining and the coats are multiplying. New tanks New tanks      ...
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    Notes on board!

    14 February 2014

    Maintenance continues on good ship Eilean and we are currently focusing on the bilge area (sentina) treating the frames where there are spots of rust appearing and generally giving her an aesthetic make-over. This is the part of the boat you never see when you walk on board. It is under the sole boards and under the waterline and its important to make sure everything is shipshape!...
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    Putting ship Eilean in a “good shape”

    4 December 2013

    Putting ship Eilean in a “good shape” In the last week we have been protecting Eilean from the elements with working covers and 'cap-wrap'(the protective white plastic on the exposed varnish). When the sun comes out we strip the covers off, let Eilean breathe and bathe in the sun and where possible slap a coat of varnish on! Putting ship Eilean in a “good shape”
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    Back in Viareggio

    21 November 2013

    back in viareggio We are back in Viareggio with the wind and the rain!! Eilean was lifted out of the water on the 30th October so that we can carry out the work required for our 5 year survey under RINA. Amongst other things this involves lifting the fuel and water tanks out of the bilges so that a full inspection can be made of the hull, both inside and out. We also have to check every through hull fitting,...
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    Very special guests sailing on Eilean!

    20 September 2013

    Very special guests sailing on Eilean

    Today we had two groups of young guests come down from Milan, all recovering from illness, and we took them out to helm Eilean and get involved on board. Unfortunately we cannot control the weather and with a big rolling swell and very little wind it was a challenge to make this trip enjoyable. After a few of our guests were feeling seasick we decided to arm them with water...