Straits of Messina
29 July 2014
The day had finally arrived when we had to do the Messina Strait. It's one of those passages that just slightly worries you if you've stupidly read all those reports of the things that can happen if you get your timing wrong. At high tide, especially at Springs, there are reports of raging whirlpools and violent squalls coming off the high lands either side of the Strait that can grab hold of your boat and throw you around! There are probably even sea monsters!
In the event, of course, it was easy and uneventful other than being followed by a cruise ship who thought we should move over and let him pass (which we did!)
I had particularly been looking forward to seeing the swordfishing boats. It's difficult to take a good photo where you can see the huge steel bowsprit that sticks out up to 50 feet in the front of the boat. The Captain winches himself up to the viewing platform so that he can spot the swordfish and tuna and direct his crew where they are so that they can harpoon them. It seems a bit unfair but if the fisherman are prepared to go to those lengths to catch them, the least we can do is have some for dinner!