Just passed through the north of the Messina Straits. A busy 24 hours up the eastern coast of Sicily. We saw plenty of changes in wind direction and speed, resulting in a series of sail changes – mostly J1, code zero and A1. Now heading towards Stromboli on the A1 with a pleasing amount of wind. Can’t say how much because our wind instruments are not working (was an unresolved issue pre-race). Last night around 10pm we caught something on our keel so had a couple of back-downs to get that free. No other major issues, but it is definitely trickier judging sail cross-overs without windspeed and direction!