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The Sicilian Stallion

Today we finally arrived close to our trips end point after sailing through the busy Straits of Messina early this morning with the predicted northbound current.

The water temperature reached a comfortable 20 degrees and Pippo played his Rambo like role as the Sicilian Stallion equipped with a knife freeing my starboard propeller of a fishing line.

The next day trips to Capo d‘Orlando will be nice short ones after all these long day cruises over the past days.
Location:
Vulcano
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
2 - light breeze
Wind direction:
NE

A whole marina just for me

Originally I planned to go to Marina dell‘Etna today. As they didn’t answer my mooring request I booked through the Navily app a place just below Reggio in the Straits of Messina.

What a surprise: Lady Soul is the only boat in the marina. Not everything is finished yet, but nice and clean. And we got a warm welcome and a lot of helping hand (as a big discount on their regular pricelist :)
Location:
Marina di Porto Baleno
Position:
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
4 - moderate breeze
Wind direction:
N

Tough Day

We stayed for 2 nights in Crotone to wait for a change of wind direction. So this morning we left early also because of a noisy techno party and sailed towards Rocella Ionica.

The wind was nice with 5 to 7 Beaufort but the old swell from the day before coming from the wrong direction made it quite bumpy.

It was Pippos first time to this kind of waters but he stayed brave.

Tomorrow we will reach Sicily where Pippo was born- back to the roots.
Location:
Rocella Ionica
Position:
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
6 - strong breeze
Wind direction:
NW

First Catch of the Season

Today we are crossing the adriatic sea from Erikousa to Santa Maria di Leuca.

As this is quite a long trip we put out one fishing gear with my new lure I just bought a couple of days ago in Corfu.

A nice 3.5kg tuna liked the lure and we don’t have to worry about what’s up for lunch.
Location:
Adriatic Sea
Position:
Destination of the day:
Santa Maria di Leuca
Heading:
260°
Speed:
7 kn
Motoring
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
3 - gentle breeze
Wind direction:
SE

Don Giuseppes first Mooring

The last segment of the trip to Sicily started this morning with dead calm weather. We stopped at the brand new marina of Erikousa. It was the first mooring for my new crew. Everything worked perfect.

Tomorrow we will cross the Adriatic to Leuca.
Location:
Erikousa
Position:
Weather:
clear
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
SE

Nice harbour below the fortress

Today we arrived at the lovely Port Mandraki surrounded by the old fortress of Corfu while huge ferries and cruise ships passing by.

As Franz is flying home tomorrow and my next crew will arrive on Tuesday I will have some time to relax and fix some minor issues.

Sadly the forecast for the next days predicts some rain.
Location:
Corfu Mandraki
Position:
Weather:
fair
Wind force:
1 - light air
Wind direction:
SE

Franz Birthday Wind

Today we were sailing from the lovely island of Kalamos in northerly direction. All forecasts were showing southerlies around 10-15 knots, ideal for going north.

Already after 10 minutes we were quite surprised about the wind picking up fast. After 1 hour we only hat the genua out minimized to the second reef. We were still sailing around 10 knots and the wind gusted up to 50 knots!

After the Lefkas ferry bridge we decided to go to the brand new Preveza marina, which welcomed us with a heavy rain upon arrival.

Now we will stay here for the next to days until the wind looks favorable to continue to go north to Corfu.

Tonight we will find a nice taverna to celebrate Franz birthday.
Location:
Preveza Marina
Position:
Weather:
mostly cloudy
Wind force:
6 - strong breeze
Wind direction:
S
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