summertime goes south

Vessel Name: Summertime
Vessel Make/Model: Southerly 110
Hailing Port: Wootton Isle of Wight
Crew: Geoff & Linda Gray
About: We have owned and sailed Summertime since 2001. We have sailed around Ireland and to Scotland and many times to France. Now it is time for a big adventure through the French canals to the Mediterranean and beyond.
Extra: We are members of the Cruising Association, the Southerly Owners Association and the Island Sailing Club.
20 June 2018 | Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta
14 June 2018 | Marzamemi
03 June 2018 | Syracuse
17 May 2018 | Catania - Circolo Nautico
15 November 2017 | Marina dell'Etna, Riposta
23 September 2017 | Porto Dell'Etna, Riposto
22 September 2017 | Messina
21 September 2017 | Milazzo
21 September 2017 | Salina
17 September 2017 | Lipari, Isola Lipari
16 September 2017 | Porto di Ponente, Isola Vulcano, Aeolian Islands
09 September 2017 | Cefalu
11 August 2017 | Palermo
09 August 2017 | Castellmare di Golfo
09 August 2017 | San Vito Lo Capo
09 August 2017 | Terrasini, Sicily
30 July 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
25 July 2017 | Marina di Villasimius
22 July 2017 | Porto Corallo
18 July 2017 | Arbatax
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15 November 2017 | Marina dell'Etna, Riposta

Winter Quarters

We found the marina at Riposto to be relatively new with good facilities and close to the town. The cost for overwintering is reasonable and we are close to Catania airport, so we decided to leave Summertime there for the winter. We will have to hope Etna stays quiet for the next 6 months as Riposto [...]

23 September 2017 | Porto Dell'Etna, Riposto

Volcanoes again

23rd Sept: Messina to Riposto

La Caletta to Arbatax

18 July 2017 | Arbatax
Geoff/hot and sunny
18th July: La Caletta to Arbatax

The coast between La Caletta and Arbatax is largely steep cliffs that plunge straight into the sea or are fringed by a narrow rocky foreshore, offering no anchorage or shelter. There is only one shallow harbour catering for local fishing boats. The distance of 45 miles with no refuge leaves little room for error and we chose a calm day for the journey. We left La Caletta just before 7.30 am and arrived at Arbatax some 8 hours later. As forecast the wind picked up late morning, enabling us to make better progress. This is a coast of passage and we saw a few fishing boats and a small number of yachts heading north on the reciprocal journey but traffic was very light. In compensation, the high steep cliffs are a spectacular sight, dwarfing the boats plying the coast.
Arbatax is a small commercial harbour with a marina included. Our first impression is of the commercial side eclipsed by locally-owned pleasure craft and day-tripper boats. The town is fringed on three sides by mountains which give an impressive backdrop and beautiful sunsets.
To call Arbatax a town is something of an exaggeration and even village would be an overstatement. We found one street with a small understocked supermarket, a pharmacy and a couple of shops. It does have a railway station which is the end of the line and we actually saw a train consisting of an engine and one carriage. We suspect it was the only one that week!
On the 'main' street a significant number of old bicycles, painted pink were displayed arrayed with bunting. Initially I thought of the 'ghost' bicycles in London marking the tragic deaths of cyclists. The number of bikes were too many and the pink and white festive bunting told a different story. We had some fun speculating on the reason behind the display, but in truth the real reason was more prosaic than our speculations. It was to celebrate the 'Giro Italia' bicycle race although where they cycled to and from is a mystery as Arbatax really is a dead end.
Summertime's Photos - Main
This will show various conditions and facilities enjoyed/endured during the journey around the med. in 2016
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