The 15th saw Tenacious come alongside at the Corsican port of Calvi, which is a sleepy out of season town, just gearing itself up for the forthcoming tourist season. The rusty railway lines at the terminus show just how sleepy it really is. Being the birthplace of Christopher Columbus is its main "claim to fame" and the port is overlooked by a hilltop fortress. As a magnificent backdrop, snow-covered mountains framed an idyllic harbour view, graced by Tenacious' masts and rigging at the harbour entrance.
We had our first shore leave which was enjoyed by everyone and provided some surprise out-of-season income for the local restaurateurs.
The morning of the 16th was an absolute belter, with sun cream needed for the heat, whilst looking at snow-topped peaks - how bizarre. Assisted climbs were conducted, with Amie doing great stuff and getting up (and safely back down) the main mast. Josie and Sarah Allen enjoyed their climbs. Josie had wanted to climb on the first day, but we managed to keep her feet on deck until now. Wheel chairs were also hauled aloft, with the pressed gang of haulers passing ribald comment about the "gravitas" of some of the wheelies (the 'pudding boys' came in handy again, with their brand of gravitas - thanks Graham for all that food!).
The cook did his usual best to disable the crew, by providing too many chocolate brownies at smoko! They are known to be calorie free and good for you - honest!
We've set lots of sail, heading North in light winds, no mermaids sighted
(yet) and ideally we'd like to see a pod of dolphins.
Finally, (as promised) hello to Sam, Ellen and Rachel from Dad, who is lazing in the sun, loving it, and relaxing whilst off watch.