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 pistols and take the activities into the shelter of the marina. Everybody went away with a smile on their face and many were keen for a return trip in the future…. the Caribbean seemed to be the favoured location!
We have just arrived in Sanremo on the Italian riviera after a 2 day voyage from Mahon where we participated in the penultimate Panerai regatta of the Mediterranean season.
The regatta, one of my favourite on the calendar, was another great success. Sailing into the incredible natural deepwater harbour, always completes the day in splendour whatever position you accomplished during the race. With a breezy week forecast, on both thursday and friday races we set out with shortened sail(one reef in the mainsail) while everybody else in our class went with full hoist. The wind blew from the north sector, averaging out at about 15 knots and gusting up to 20 with swell increasing. After the first leg we would shake out the reef and fly downwind. Beautiful conditions and against some very fast competitors with a total of 15 in our class. On each of these days we flew around the course, crew trimming eagerly in the hope for Eilean to go faster, but being slightly restricted by the speed-altering swell.
Saturday, the last day, was cancelled due to high winds and swell. We were hoping the race committee would send us down to the protection of the south of the island where there would be flat water and a good breeze but it wasn’t to be. Instead we watched the schooners, Mariette and Adix, flaunt their expansive sail area and head out into big boat conditions. Another great regatta, with Stefano the Chef (aka Chefano) creating some great meals on board for the crew in the evening. Thank you to all once again.
On Monday we continue with our ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) work and take out hard-done-by children from a Milanese hospital to be a ‘Skipper for a Day’. Very worthwhile and great fun. Will report in after the event.