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Posts Tagged ‘Sicily’

Current Location: Natural Sauna, PantelleriaCurrent Position: 36 46.51 N 011 59.48 E Click to view map.It is unfortunate that the town of Pantelleria presents such an uninviting face. Totally destroyed in the last war, it was rebuilt in a hurry with concrete blocks. It is clean, certainly, but it wins no points for charm. As (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Porto Vecchio, Pantelleria, ItalyCurrent Position: 36 49.97 N 011 56.57 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 81 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereWe left Porto Empedocle at 19:30 and had a great sail across in winds varying from 10kts to 25kts, mostly a broad reach, before finally having to motor the last two hours. We arrived in Porto Vecchio on the North Coast of Pantelleria at 11am only to find Paul and Gabby from Marina di Ragusa waiting on the dock to take our lines! Tomorrow they leave for Tunisia, and we take over their 25 euro a day car to do a quick tour of the island- including the hot springs and natural sauna. It will be good to explore here, though the town itself will never win any architectural awards! We will update with photos as soon as we can!
Current Location: Marina di Ragusa, SicilyCurrent Position: 36 46.87 N 014 32.79 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 42 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereOn Saturday we had our last sail of the year. 🙁 From Syracuse we motored in a calm down to Porto Pallo, where (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Off the coast of Augusta, SicilyCurrent Position: 37 7.4 N 015 19.24 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 101 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereMan, was that scary! We set off from Catania for Syracuse at 9am today. The forecasts was for  5kts of wind (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Stromboli, Aeolian IslandsCurrent Position: 38 48.43 N 015 14.27 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 45 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereHello all Now that you have read Noel’s post about our experience with the water spouts let me tell you what we have been (Click to Read More...)
The forecast said that the westerly winds had ended, and a southerly should be in place for today. That was good enough for us. So at 05:50 this morning we upped anchor and set off with great trepidation to brave the savage whirlpools of Charybdis and Scilla. High Water Girbraltar was at 0008 hrs. The (Click to Read More...)
Beautiful Taormina is situated in the south coast of Sicily almost at the tip where you get the boot! It is again, after Syracuse, one of the nice spots we visited before we’re headed through the Messina strait, which separates Sicily from mainland Italy in the Ionian sea. Taormina is about 200 meters above (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Reggio di Calabria, ItalyCurrent Position: 38 8.19 N 015 39.27 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 26 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereTaormina is beautiful. Perched up on the mountain, it is all quaint narrow streets, beautiful venetian balconies and, of course, dozens of churches. (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Taormina, SicilyCurrent Position: 37 49.61 N 015 16.52 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 46 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereAfter our crossing from Greece, we treated ourselves to a night on the town in Syracuse. Remembering a good restaurant that we went to last (Click to Read More...)
Current Location: Catania, SicilyCurrent Position: 37 29 N 015 5.43 E Click to view map. Distance sailed since last post: 27 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track hereFrom Syracuse we took a couple of days to sail and motor north to Catania, stopping to anchor at Augusta on the way. Nice anchorage, (Click to Read More...)