He set sail in August of 1492, he went with three ships their names were, Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria, and a crew of about 90 sailors. They urged the captian to turn back, when he refused, they threatened mutiny, or an overthrow of officers. Then Columbus promised to turn around in three days if they couldn't see land. Then they spotted land the second day, In january of 1492 the Nina headed back to spain. He was called a hero when he got back to spain.