The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

05 April 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
20 February 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
07 February 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
03 February 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
31 January 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
26 January 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
19 January 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
10 January 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
23 December 2020 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
17 December 2020 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
18 November 2020 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
08 September 2020 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
20 December 2019 | Gloucestershire
10 August 2019 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
09 August 2019 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
03 July 2019 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
02 July 2019 | St Paul’s Bay (position: 35 57.629’N 14 23.841’E)
26 June 2019 | Marsaxlokk (position: 35 50.121’N 14 32.961’E)
24 June 2019 | Dwejra Bay (position: 36 02.815’N 14 11.496’E)
20 June 2019 | St Julian’s, Budella Bay (position: 35 55.064’N 14 29.695’E)

Buona Pasqua - Happy Easter

05 April 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
Bruce & Caroline Trott


Like Christmas and New Year, the whole of Italy is once again at the highest level of lockdown (red) in an attempt to try and contain the spread of this terrible virus.

Until recently we understood that Sicily was handling the pandemic reasonably well but now we're not so sure. In the last 10 days it transpires that a senior figure has been manipulating the figures here in Sicily such that they looked significantly better than they actually were and as a result we were in a less restrictive lockdown (yellow) which meant Café, bars and restaurants could remain open until 6pm. Call us cynical or what.. but could this be the Mafia at work ;-). Nevertheless now that the real numbers of infections are being reported we are set to remain as either fully locked down (red) or partially locked down (amber) for the month of April.

Just like at Christmas we bubbled up with our good friends Vic & Clare from Njord and celebrated Easter Sunday with some delicious food and plenty to drink. Thank you both, it really was another lovely day. Xx










Vlog - Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa

20 February 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
Bruce & Caroline Trott
Many cruisers are now choosing to document their travels through a vlog (a form of blog for which the medium is video, and is a form of web television) rather than a blog.

One of the cruisers here in Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa (Sailing Yacht Talia) does precisely that and in our opinion they have produced a very professional video that they should be extremely proud of. Their views pretty much sum up why we and so many other cruisers really love Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa: https://www.portoturisticomarinadiragusa.it/en

We hope you enjoy this vlog as much as we do:

Windy - Wind Vane Steering (part 2)

07 February 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
Bruce Trott
In my previous blog "Windy - Wind Vane Steering" I was about to contact Imre Aljas https://windyselfsteering.com/selfsteering/contact-us/ for more information about his Wind Vane Steering solution.

Specifically I was looking for him to tell us more about the mounting options for our particular yacht/transom style and I was keen to see further pictures focusing on the quality of his engineering.

Whilst Imre provides a standard mounting bracket that would work with many yachts


standard transom mount

...in our case he recommended a customised bracket that could be attached to our bathing platform.

On the Windy website, Imre details various transom styles (Type 1, 2 and 3) and the measurements that he requires https://windyselfsteering.com/selfsteering/order/ but in our case he needed additional measurements which he clearly communicated with the aid of drawings. It was all very clear and simple to follow. This was the outcome once all the dimensions were provided:


customised mount

As for the quality of the engineering, I think you'll agree it looks "Pretty Dang Spiffy" - Mads Dahlke Sail Life's youtube channel... thanks Mads for the catch phrase ;-)


detail of bronze drum and control wires


vane attachment and counterweights


steering oar and mounting


standard mount on a vertical transom


without remote control


with remote control


a unit ready for shipping


To be continued.
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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