Today we took a test sail. I don’t know if you followed the track, but it was a little wonky. As a matter of fact, Tom got a text from Carol, his girlfriend, at dinner and she said she had been looking at the track and was wondering if we had been drinking. We got a kick out that cause it looked that way on the track for sure!
Ben was putting us through our paces and teaching us different things. We tacked, jibed, and did everything in between. Tom was learning to steer the helm, Alden was learning to tend the sails, and I was learning the boom trailer and navigation skills. Ben was a masterful teacher and was calm and cool as any Brit I have seen. All came out well and we made it back to dock in time for dinner in town (a typical 3 hour Italian dinner that is).
Tomorrow we are going to make the run to Sicily. It is a 200 mile overnight shot that should get us to Palermo or thereabouts. It should give us a chance to get in the groove as a crew and should be fun. It is the first passage for me, so add another first for this old man. Gotta love it.