Marco Nannini on the GOR: Monotony and Mustangs

Marco Nannini on the GOR: Monotony and Mustangs

Friday April 20 2012 Author: Marco Nannini Location: none selected

We've been at sea just over a fortnight now and for the past few days we've been sailing in a very regular band of the trade winds, with around 20 knots from our starboard side, the unexpected adverse current that we had all experienced after the equator comes and goes and we still see no sign of the favourable Guyana current that should be helping us along the way... life aboard is very monotonous these days, revolving around meals, naps and a few emails to family and friends interrupted by the occasional need to trim the sails.

I guess if sailing around the world was as easy as the last few hundred miles no one would bother, a donkey on tranquilizers could steer through these waters but as usual the sea is not without its perils. Right here, in the middle of nowhere, 400 miles from the delta of the river Amazon we've had yet another close encounter with a small fishing boat that suddenly appeared right on our tracks, we had to change course to avoid it. Luckily we are still keeping a continuous radar lookout so once the
target was identified, a little blip on the screen, avoiding it was no problem but a little distraction could easily spoil the party.

I am really looking forward to the Charleston stopover, I will get to see my fiancee Ella for four brief days. We thought we were not going to see each other this time as any scrap of budget has run out but my logistics partner "Ventana Group" has come to rescue offering yet again to cover the cost of her flight. They have flown Ella to each and every stopover and without their backing i think things would have been horribly difficult for our relationship.

The other event that i'm looking forward to in Charleston is the meeting with the local Mustang car owners clubs. Salvo Mirabella at the Mustang Club of Italy is one of my most enthusiastic supporters and through his impressive international networking skills he has managed to arrange a gathering of Mustang cars at each stopover, from Cape Town to Wellington and Punta del Este these beautiful cars drove down to the marinas to come and greet the GOR fleet. The American stopover will be the biggest meeting yet with enthusiasm for the idea coming from Myrtle Beach, Savannah, Georgia, Columbia, North and South Carolina clubs, from the roaring forties to the roaring V8's it's definitely building up to be a fantastic gathering. If you're in the area you should drop by the Lookout Pavilion area at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina at 4pm on May the 13th as we're expecting 50-75 beautiful Mustangs to cruise in for a friendly afternoon.

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