|Vessel Name:||Freya of Wight|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Westerly Oceanranger|
Things are going well at home, but we will need to be in Bristol for two or three more months at least. As we enter the summer season the marina fees in Italy become eye-wateringly expensive, so Freya had to move. I (Paul) flew out to Lueca and after a day recommissioning the boat, set off on a 125NM, [...]
We had a really exhilarating sail to Santa Maria di Leuca,. For the first hour or two there was no wind, but as per forecast it picked up and for nine hours we were sailing at around 6.5 kts with the wind on the beam. Two great sails in a row and we thought we were on a roll.
Roccella Ionica marina was very nice, peaceful and very friendly set between miles of white sandy beach and surrounded by pine trees. Unfortunately, it's a long way from anywhere! We cycled into town but discovered there was very little to see and very few shops. We bought groceries in a tiny supermarket [...]
When we woke up in the morning we found ourselves anchored in one of our most spectacular anchorages, right under the active volcano of Gran Cratere on Vulcano and beside the hot mud pools - not to mention a very strong smell of rotten eggs. Around us the sea was bubbling and white, where fumaroles were [...]
One of the great things about sailing this early in the season is the wind, often too much and unpredictable, but great sailing. But not this year, we've now done 6 passages of between 4 and 9 hours and have only been able to turn the engine off for 2 hours!
One of the main reasons for stopping in Agropoli is to visit the ruins of Paestum. We couldn't find a map of Agropoli and so headed off, a bit later than intended, to find the train station. Half an hour later we bought our tickets only to discover the train wasn't due for over 2 hours! We wandered back [...]