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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20 June 2018 | Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

Grand Harbour, Malta

19th June Marzamemi to Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta

14 June 2018 | Marzamemi

Marzamemi or bust

13th June: Syracuse to Marzamemi

03 June 2018 | Syracuse

How much history can you take?

31st May: Catania to Syracuse

17 May 2018 | Catania - Circolo Nautico

A New Year Begins

15th May 2018

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


21 September 2017 | Milazzo
Geoff/Wet and windy
19th Sept. Salina to Milazzo
The forecast suddenly deteriorated and strong winds and heavy rain were in the offing. We decided to head back to Sicily itself and made for Milazzo some 30 miles away. We had a gentle sail at first but as we cleared the islands the wind increased as forecast and we had a lumpy downwind ride to Milazzo. King Aeolus had loosed the west wind for our benefit, perhaps we had offended in some way.
Milazzo is a busy ferry and industrial port with a very sheltered harbour. Shortly after we arrived so did torrential rain which had been threatening as the dark clouds built up.
The town is busy but not unpleasant, lying at the base of a narrow peninsular. Above the town, with commanding 360 degree views is the remains of the original fortified village and impressive castle dating back to pre-history. It's dominant position ensured it has been fortified by successive invaders, Normans, Aragonese, Angevins and as recently as the 19th century was garrisoned by the Bourbons, until ousted by Garibaldi. The views from the castle of the coast of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are well worth the steep climb.
Housed in the remains of a former convent is a small ethnographic museum and workshop presided over by an elderly, enthusiastic 'Professor Branestawn'. He gave us a quick run down of various aspects of Sicilian cultural history, unfortunately in Italian, despite us telling him we only spoke English. Nevertheless it was entertaining if not particularly informative from our point of view. He ended with an impromptu performance on the 'Jews' Harp' on which he was undoubtedly proficient.
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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