This morning

This morning we have just come out on the F. Del Carlo slip to have the propellors inspected and the bottom cleaned and re-painted with anti-foul in time for the season. The slip has been there since 1985 and was the first to service the Viareggio fishing fleet.

In the mean time we continue with the varnish and move onto coat number 11 on the bowsprit! In the container the Captain’s cabin hatch has been stripped back and is in the middle of build-up coats. Busy times for Eilean’s team.

Eilean’s maintenance

Back into the varnishing. Inside the boat the galley (kitchen) and port heads (left bathroom) are completed and we get outside when the weather allows. Our container is adorned with hanging woodwork freshly coated and taking a couple of days to dry in this temperature.

A new exciting season is about to begin….

As the Winter rolls on and the sun battles it’s way through the Mediterranean cloud cover more often, our minds focus towards the exciting season ahead.

Antigua Classics is just over a month away and will once again get the Panerai Classic Yacht Circuit (PCYC) underway, now in its eleventh edition. Sadly, Eilean will not be there but instead we will be biting at the bit in early June when we sail to Antibes for the first Panerai regatta in Europe this year. Attention adjusts slightly as we look at our sailing gear and confirm that it is all in good working order and ready for the strains and stresses synonymous with encouraging these classic vessels around a race course.

Experience tells us that we should rely on little and expect everything as in previous seasons this ever-changing weather can, and will, throw everything at you, even if the initial outlook is light and calm. Last year in Antigua brought strong winds that the classic fleet fought against, some to their detriment. Here, where one might consider the Mediterranean a landlocked and calm sea, the opposite is often true. Along the riviera coastline, where we have Les Voiles d’Antibes and Regates Royales de Cannes this year, storm clouds can persistently hover over the land all day before bumbling down the hills to the fleet of beautifully maintained wood and varnish, with torrential rain and howling winds!

Never a dull moment.

Bring it on!!!

Captain Andrew