The Delivery Guy

John delivers new catamarans mostly from Cape Town, South Africa, to various destinations around the world - follow his next trip from London, United Kingdom to Fort Lauderdale, USA.

11 December 2012 | North Atlantic
08 December 2012 | North Atlantic
01 December 2012 | North Atlantic
23 November 2012 | North Atlantic
14 November 2012 | North Atlantic
05 November 2012 | North Atlantic
03 November 2012 | North Atlantic
29 October 2012 | North Atlantic
26 October 2012 | North Atlantic
23 October 2012 | Sines, Portugal
06 October 2012 | Brighton, UK
26 September 2012 | London
13 September 2012 | Cape Town
21 August 2012 | Indian Ocean
15 August 2012 | Indian Ocean
07 August 2012 | Nosi Be, Madagascar
29 July 2012 | Mozambique Chanel
27 July 2012 | Richards Bay, South Africa
05 June 2012 | St George's Harbour, Bermuda
28 May 2012 | North Atlantic

Sicily, Straits of Messina and Further

02 June 2011 | Mediterranean Sea
John
From Sardinia we headed towards the northern coast of Sicily, passing just south of a small volcanic island called Ustica, which is about 30 nautical miles north of the Sicilian capital city of Palermo. We had a reasonable current helping us along and made the waypoint during the night. The watch keeping was "interesting", in that there were a large amount of fishing boats in the area, all with nets marked by flashing strobe lights. In daylight we were passing more islands on our port side, heading towards the Straits of Messina. When passing the final large group of islands we passed a number of yachts with the Sunsail logo, all coming from the Sicilian mainland - there must be a Sunsail base there somewhere.

Just as it was getting dark on Wednesday evening we made our approach to the straits and called into the traffic control to notify them of the start of our transit. For those not aware, the Straits of Messina is the narrow section of water between Sicily and the Italian mainland. It is quite a busy stretch of water with a large amount of shipping traffic making use of it. Have a look on Google Earth to get a better idea. The transit only took just over three hours but all three of us were on watch to ensure we did not get in the way of any of the main shipping. It was an experience for both Dave and Josh - I have done the transit previously.

Soon after midnight we were through the straits and are now heading east-southeast towards the Aegean Sea and Greek waters. All going well, we should get there by Saturday night. We then have to cross the Aegean Sea and complete our delivery on the western coast of Turkey, with an ETA of Wednesday June 8.

At the moment we have no wind and are motoring, averaging 5.5 knots. When I say "no wind", I mean just that - the sea is flat and like a mirror. These conditions should remain until tomorrow evening and then we should, if the predictions are correct, start picking up light head winds, which should build to about 15 knots by Saturday evening. Hopefully we can get into the Aegean Sea before the winds get too strong as the winds in the Aegean are light and from the south, which will suit us well. We then have another three days to the Turkish port of Fethiye, where we will clear customs and immigration before sailing the boat the last 15 miles to the small harbour of Gocek, where the Sunsail and Moorings charter company have their base.

Before I sign off, I need to mention that since leaving Sardinia, we have come across so much garbage floating in the sea, it is frightening. Most of it is in the form of plastic bags and plastic sheets with many bottles and plastic containers thrown into the mix. The human race is really messing up the environment with no care in the world. We, on the other hand, have a number of garbage bags in our forward lazarette, ready to dispose of at our next port of call.

Now you know where we are and what our schedule is. So, until the next blog report, regards from Josh, Dave and myself, John.
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Vessel Name: Ultima Life
Vessel Make/Model: Majestic 53
Hailing Port: Cape Town
Crew: John
About:
John Titterton has sailed over 350 000 nm in the years he has been delivering sailing vessels. He has sailed the Mediterranean Sea, South and North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Pacific with a bit of the Indian Ocean thrown in for luck! This blog follows his deliveries as they occur. [...]
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