In a Sicilian mood
July 9, 2013
We left Sciacca, on the south coast of Sicily, at 06.00 on Saturday 6th July, the night after the Panerai World Meeting came to a close at a nearby resort. The three journalists arrived on Friday afternoon, one writing for Le Figaro and the others for the Spanish daily ‘El Pais’. As two of them have never been on a boat before I think leaving during daylight hours was the way to start the 600 mile voyage. We had some lovely sailing with 4 sails up(the most we carry upwind on delivery) and as the day moved it became increasingly bumpy. When Stefano the Chef (aka Chefano) cooked up a filet mignon of pork with saute potato it was hardly sampled by our guests on board as they swiftly made for their cabins. The 4 crew are working on rotation and carrying out all the watches day and night. Pretty tired to begin with after our back-to-back events (Naples regatta and then entertaining off Sciacca) but 34 hours into the trip we are starting to come round. Everybody is a little more perky this morning having had a lovely tuna pasta for lunch (caught off the back of Eilean 6 days ago), the sun is out and we are sailing beautifully along on our rhum line at 6.5 knots.