We are in between two Panerai regattas: Vele d’epoca of Imperia and Regates Royales of Cannes. Tonight the sun is setting over our anchorage off Villefranche Sur Mer. X
On the 10th August we made sail from Alicante to Palma de Mallorca, 160 nautical miles and a 24 hour trip under calm conditions. However, with 25-30 knot northeasterlies coming at us we were met with 3 metre waves and a boisterous breeze.
We knew that after the initial few hours of ‘suffering’ we would be through the worst of it and eventually meet calmer waters to nurse us to our destination. Below are some images from the delivery that culminated in some sun-kissed days of PR in the Bay of Palma.
We have just sailed from Porto Santo Stefano to Sant Feliu De Guixols on the Costa Brava of Spain ready for an intensive PR program. The sail took 3 days and we were blessed with calm seas, some wonderful sunrises and sunsets and a whale sighting.
Having had a successful week at the Panerai event in Antibes with Eilean going that little bit faster we are out today sail training for Argentario Sailing Week. Some breeze today we hope that it holds for the coming days.
Late last week Eilean was hauled up the slip of Del Carlo shipyard in Viareggio in preparation for a paint job before our first regatta of the season at Les Voiles D’Antibes. Everything is go as we count the days before we set our sails and spread our wings for the south of France.
As is often the case for Eilean at this time of year we are engaged in a whole lot of maintenance. We have taken 50+ blocks off the boat, have taken each one of them apart and given the inside workings a careful inspection. The ash wood cheeks are all sanded and given a number of coats of varnish before re-assembly. At the same time we have taken some of the interior locker doors off and are giving them touch-ups where necessary.
On board we have attacked the capping rail – the curved teak rail that surrounds the boat and is the final barrier before falling overboard! We have stripped all of the varnish off and taken it back to bare wood. We are now on coat number seven, with seven more to go, which will result in a quality protection for the season ahead, over a uniform shade of shiny teak.
More to come….
A great week at the last PCYC event of the year. Regates Royales in Cannes…
On Saturday we had a great day spent taking children out for a sail in Sanremo as part of our CSR program. This morning we have arrived in St Tropez where we are at anchor and head out for a sail tomorrow.
We have just left Viareggio for Sanremo, 100 miles distant, and will be motoring overnight. Then onto the French Riviera for the final weeks of our Mediterranean season… We’ll keep you updated.