‘Cuir de Russie’ Stephen said, quivering a nostril. ‘A mistake of inexperience’. Stephen, an interior decorator, is a character in Graham Greene’s short story ‘May we borrow your husband’. Stephen and his partner Tony do just that with their chosen target, a newly wed handsome young man whose scent Stephen sniffs. For the new husband […]

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Friday afternoon 4 December Dreams on board are vivid. One recurring theme is of hurtling down a river on your back, being buffeted at every turn. When you wake up in the dark, as everyone has to, it’s pretty similar. One of us also dreamed that there were two puppies on board called Orza (up […]

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Wednesday 2nd December…day 10   Rigatoni all’ amatriciana needs just the right amount of spice to give it a kick. The consistency of the sauce also needs to be precise. Fabrizio’s dish had it all. Mark was woken to come and enjoy it, took a taste and decided that adding a few slices of avocado […]

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    Monday PM Motion is of course vital to us and so far there had been few obstacles. But persimmons, as any Italian can tell you, will really block you up, while kiwi fruit has the opposite effect. In the early hours of Saturday it seemed that little other than persimmons could block us. […]

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Friday 2 pm  We are still alone in this race. At least we cannot be said to be following the herd and have not sighted a boat of any description in 48 hours. That is not because we are ahead of the pack, but partly because we picked a different route. Some racers are more […]

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Sunday & Monday The start at Las Palmas included a local band, police and fire launches and crowds lining the break water. The racers set off first with lots of macho manoevering, then the multi-hulls and finally the cruising division, including us. Our promising start (described by Panfilo as also being full of testosterone) saw […]

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