Well last but not least is an appropriate cliché. We arrived yesterday (10th August) in full kilts with a strong breeze blowing. I think a few on-lookers got more than they bargained for as we sailed in. I was doing a good Marilyn Monroe impression whilst trying to unhank the Yankee from the forestay. We were greeted with some beer, pizza, Madeira wine and a traditional hat then it was on with the deep clean and boat maintenance. I must admit, I’m not that bothered about touching land so early on although it was amazing to have a proper shower this morning. We’ve covered so little of what is a very long way, in some respects I’d rather still be out there sailing on. Stopping does give us one huge advantage though – we’ve been able to lay out our giant spinnaker and get started on stitching her back together. She may look a bit like Herman Munster by the time the sail repair team have finished but she will do us proud I’m sure. It’s more ‘jobs’ this morning and then a tour of the island this afternoon before a crew dinner and presentation ceremony. We leave again tomorrow afternoon so it’s a quick turnaround. Roll on reaching Rio when we will get a proper stop.
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