Meeting friends in Malta
26 December 2011
Just 50 miles away lies the island of Malta, where we spent two very enjoyable winters. To sail there from here in our boat would take about 10 hours. Just down the coast from us is Pozzallo, home to the largest catamaran ferry service in the Meditteranean. The ferry between Sicily and Malta takes just 90 minutes and was our chosen method of transport for a trip to Malta to meet up with friends and do some pre-Christmas shopping.
The ferry was just over a year old and had been sailed from the factory in Australia, all the way to Sicily, out-running some pirates on the way! There were only about 20 of us aboard, what felt like an aeroplane, as we skipped over the waves to arrive in the beautiful city of Valletta and then straight on to a birthday lunch with friends at the Malta Yacht Club.
We were staying the in the same hotel as our cruising pals, Angie & Wayne, with whom we had done a bit of sailing during the summer. It was good to catch up with them again and to meet up with our Maltese friends, Charles and Sandra and fellow Brits, Daphne and Jim, who we had also seen during the summer in the Ionian. As well as socialising, we each had a shopping list to complete that included both boat items and food stuff for Christmas.
It was just as well that we didn't need to do any sightseeing on this visit as our trip whizzed by and in no time at all we were back on the ferry with bulging luggage bags. It was a great trip and one that we hope to repeat again soon.