Force 6 quickly became Force 8 with higher gusts. We left Trizonia by 7.30am. All boats headed out together and went under the bridge in a line. After that ..the boats spead out and visibility quickly deteriorated. The wind rose to a strong Force 8 ..following ..so we were surfing down the waves with the rain whipping our backs as we went .. but what a ride! We needed the GPS to find the entrance channel to Messalongi ...2 boats experienced difficulties ..one engine failure and one sail ripped to shreds but all got in safely ..eventually. We are very lucky to have a great lead crew ..a mixture of young people from all over the globe ..the lead skipper is from San Diego and did a marvelous job to get all the crews in yesterday. We are at present sitting in the marina bar in Messonlongi ..so you will have to excuse me while I try and catch up with the others who are already 2 drinks ahead of me!