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

Porto Corallo

22 July 2017 | Porto Corallo
Geoff/very hot
21st July Arbatax to Porto Corallo
We set off for Porto Corallo for what we thought would be a straight forward 30 mile trip down the coast from Arbatax. The passage plan envisaged a course more or less strait south, whilst remembering to keep the coast on our starboard side. During the day the swell and wind, both from the south, picked up and we had to tack out from the coast to make any progress. The 30 mile trip took over 8 hours in worsening seas and we actually travelled 43 miles to reach Porto Corallo. By this time the sea was quite rough and very confused, throwing everything around the cabin and creating chaos by the time we finally arrived. We were allocated a berth side on to a strong cross-wind making berthing tricky and we had an audience from the crew of a Belgian yacht which arrived just ahead of us. They were armed with fenders ready to repel boarders but I am glad to say our practised team work upheld British honour and they put them away unused.
Porto Corallo is a large underused marina, about 6km from the town of Villaputzu making a visit somewhat impractical. The marina is an arid land of concrete without shade or adequate facilities save the air conditioned office. Funny all the offices seem to be better appointed than the customer facilities. The showers and toilets are indescribable, but free! Some consolation.
We decided to limit our stay to 2 nights before pressing on. There are no shops, we can't even get bread and only the pizzeria on the nearby campsite provides food. In addition although the next couple of days are forecast to be blistering hot, 40 Centrigrade, the Mistral arrives on Monday. It is forecast to be very stormy for 3 or 4 days and we plan to get to another marina, Villasimius, about 20 miles from Cagliari where we can hole up 'till it passes. Villasimius is reported as having good facilities, shops and a shuttle bus to the nearby village, so at least we can eat.
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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