We have been in the Caribbean now since the early days of February and while everybody else in Wintery Europe thinks we are swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing I thought I should show a couple of photos giving an idea of what we actually get up to each day.
Below are some images of the crew at work tackling the never-ending job-list.
-Sanding the fo’c’stle Image-Stefano D’Oria
During the crossing the fo’c’stle received a battering. 2 crew were berthed there permanently, comforted with fresh fruit and veg hanging in netting between the bunks, and other equipment stowed in any available space. In addition, this happy environment would be given an irregular dousing of salt water through the gaps of the original fo’c’stle hatch. Damage is unavoidable when moving around at sea for weeks on end, especially at the bow where the rhythm of the boat seems most accentuated. Shortly after this photo Stefano put a fresh coat of varnish throughout the cabin, which now looks revitalized and ready for Antigua!
-Servicing the winches-Stefano Valente
With 14 ‘Holmatro’ winches on board it is vital they run well, especially whilst sailing and during regattas. After continually being sluiced by salt water during the crossing the inner parts of the winch get coated in salt which result in them clogging up. A general service that includes taking apart the winch and cleaning every washer, bearing and pawl, usually results in their smooth running. You could just about turn the drum of the jib top sheet winch with your hands before the service. Now she spins freely.
-Varnishing the Capping rail- Stefano D’Oria
-Varnishing the hatch grates Image- Jesse Green
As can be expected with a beautiful classic boat there is a huge amount of varnish to look after. The Caribbean is famous for having some of the best varnishers in the world, and a number of the other yachts close by have drafted in the local experts with faultless results. As could be expected they cost a fortune and so it is left to the 4 of us to repair and maintain all of the varnished woodwork on board. We need Eilean to dazzle in Antigua and so we are all working hard each day with several different varnish projects under way.