Neverland Journey

02 May 2021 | 20 57.4'N:73 40.7'W, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas
22 April 2021 | 20 57.4'N:73 40.7'W, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas
17 April 2021 | 20 57.4'N:73 40.7'W, Matthew Town, Great Inagua, Bahamas
16 April 2021 | 18 51.4'N:74 34.2'W, Windward Passage
14 April 2021 | 14 30'N:71 40'W, Caribbean Sea
22 December 2019 | 12 30.5'N:70 01.8'W, Oranjestad, Aruba
21 December 2019 | 12 25.5'N:68 43.1'W, north of Curacao
21 December 2019 | 12 47.8'N:67 36.2'W, at sea
20 December 2019 | 13 18.87'N:66 26.99'W, at sea
20 December 2019 | 13 36.2'N:65 20.6'W, at sea
19 December 2019 | 13 38.9'N:64 23.7'W, at sea
19 December 2019 | 14 01.9'N:63 01.2'W, at sea
18 December 2019 | 14 23.3'N:61 41.6'W, at sea
17 December 2019 | 14 30.2'N:61 05.3'W, Martinique
16 December 2019 | 14 26.5'N:60 53.1'W, St Anne, Martinique
12 December 2019 | 14 04.85'N:60 57.8'W, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
05 December 2019 | 14 10.9'N:56 24.4'W, 250 miles to go
29 November 2019 | 14 25.2'N:42 59.6'W, middle of ocean
28 November 2019 | 14 29.4'N:40.14.3 06.01'W, middle of ocean
25 November 2019 | 15 35.65'N:33 06.01'W, middle of ocean

Straits of Messina

09 August 2018 | Sicily
Mike
We slipped our lines at 5:30 this morning and motored all day to go through the Straits of Messina. This is the channel between the Italian mainland and the island of Sicily. It is less than 2 miles wide at its narrowest point. A lot of water funnels through the channel as a tidal flow between the Ionian Sea to the southeast and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the northwest.

We motored from Catania into light winds and seas. As we approached the straits the wind and seas continued to build and then magically flattened out. Within the straits there was a lot of ferry and other small boat traffic. We did pass a couple large ships in the shipping lanes going both directions. At the narrowest part of the straits our GPS showed 9.4 knots over the ground while boat speed thru the water was 5.1. You would not want to take a sailboat thru the straits against this current. We saw very turbulent water with standing waves and eddies. When motoring thru eddies the boat would simply change course significantly and have to be brought back. The beach at the cape on the north end of the strait was covered with people watching the natural wonder and the traffic.

We exited the straits at 16:30 and headed to an anchorage about 4 hours away. There are not many coves along the north shore that work as good anchorages but this was a good one. We arrived at dusk and set the hook in 34’ of water in the company of 3 other sailboats. The sunset was a good ending to a long day in which we covered 83 Nm in 15 hours.
Comments
Vessel Name: Neverland
Vessel Make/Model: Allied Princess 36 1976
Hailing Port: Onancock VA USA
Crew: Mike Gould-Captain
About: Mike has been sailing since 1986. He has made trips from Virginia to Maine and back. Several trips in the Mediterranean. He has sailed other vessels in the open sea. In 2019 sailed 5000+ nm from the Med across the Atlantic to Aruba.
Extra: Monica has sailed alongside Mike during all these years. She has loved sailing and enjoyed every minute out on the open seas with Mike. She looks forward to more adventures as a sailing couple. In 2019 sailed 5000+ nm from the Med across the Atlantic to Aruba.
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