In many ways, it’s like running down the platform to catch a train while it’s moving. We’re jumping on the ball whilst it’s rolling here in Italy. No sooner did the boat arrive in Genoa did we transport it by road to Persico Marine in the mountains near Bergamo, and now it’s all go.
As you can see from progress, the boat is here, perched in the Alps. Like me, you’re probably wondering why shipbuilders Persico Marine are based in the mountains. Any guesses?
It’s back to the grind for me to a somewhat unusual job as OBR (which I’m thinking I might have to change to OLR - On Land Reporter - for a couple of months). I had my first proper visit and meet and greet with Ben Davis and his team, the team of boat builders who are working on preparations for the hull.
Ben spoke to me in the simplest language a person could, but just imagine making a sandwich - layers of stuff with a filling and then more layers of stuff. It’s a fancy sandwich alright!!!
Sandwiches aside, our logistics manager Aimee, whom many of you may have not heard too much about (but is a fundamental member of our team) has a mountain to climb. Actually, I mean that in the literal terms sometimes, we do now all live in the Alps.
Aimee now has the responsibility of organising accommodation for everyone that will live here for the next four months. Not only does she do this but also manages to somehow book our flights, transfers, get us into a gym…(I’m not going to say I like that idea of that, Trae will be here soon to undo the damage I did during Christmas. Stay tuned for that saga to develop). It’s also not easy landing in an unfamiliar country and figuring these things out when it’s not your native language. Thankfully, local crewmember Cicho (Maciel Cicchetti) lives one hour away to help with further logistics and translation for Aimee.
Finally, before heading off to Sanya to participate at key stopover events with Pete and Nicolai, Chris and Coxy spent a few days meeting with the build team and operations manager Mark Somerville about the repair process. More to come on that soon.