Yesterday was arrival day for voyage TNS278 from Genoa to Trapani in Sicily - a distance of 420 miles.
The voyage is the first leg of the Garibaldi Tall Ships race. Quite a few of us didn't know we were to take part in a race - but everyone seems happy and enthusiastic about the idea.
We had to leave the berth at 10.30am and so the timing of training and briefings was somewhat more critical the usual.
Everyone was on board by 3.30 Yesterday and then briefing and evac and hands aloft training went on until dinner at 7.00pm.
This morning began warm and sunny. However by the time we were out to the harbour there was quite a chilly southerly force 4 wind and an overcast sky.
The time of writing this log, we are motoring close to shore awaiting the race start at 4.00.pm.
The race is expected to last five days. We are expecting a busy time with much more rope pulling and sail changing than on a non-racing voyage. All this will be driven by captain Barbara Campbell's tremendous enthusiasm!
May the best boat win - i.e.: Tenacious of course!