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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Grand Harbour, Malta

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17 May 2018 | Catania - Circolo Nautico

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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

The Straits of Messina

22 September 2017 | Messina
Geoff/warm and sunny
22nd Sept. Milazzo to Messina
This journey took us through the fabled Straits. The Straits are about 7 miles long and at the narrowest point, only just over a mile wide. They are busy with shipping and small boats, avoiding the alternative of the long sail around Sicily. The Straits have a rigidly enforced 'Traffic Separation Scheme, reserving the middle for large vessels with north and south-going lanes and large fines for those flouting the rules. Small vessels take the inshore passage on the western side.
Unusually for the Med, there is a strong tidal stream through the Straits. Luckily it was in our favour, running up to 3 knots, which sped us through. We encountered standing waves at the narrows and considerable whirlpools and disturbed water through the Straits. This gave us a fast but somewhat uncontrolled ride as, close in to the western shore we were pushed around by the whirlpools and eddies.
This Sicilian side of the Straits is where, the Greek legend has it, the gigantic sea monster Charybdis, created the tides by sucking in, then blowing out the seawater. The giant whirlpools she created, sent many vessels and their crews to their doom. Having been through on a spring tide this idea seems less implausable, although not as fierce as those we have experienced in the Western Isles and Brittany.
According to Homer, Odysseus had to pass through the Straits and forewarned by Circe, chose to risk the eastern side where Scylla, a six-headed monster, was in the habit of snatching and eating sailors from passing ships to sate her appetite. Odysseus calculated it was better to risk 6 men than the whole crew and ship. Predictably each of Scylla's heads took a sailor as the ship passed and their death cries were terrible to hear. Odysseus's plan seems to have been justified as the remaining crew and the vessel survived.
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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