From Taormina to Gallipoli 25 to 27 August 2013
Sunday 25th August 2013
Passage: Taormina, Sicily to Gallipoli, Heel of Italy ( 198.6, nm )
Crew: Frank, Jackie and Karl
Weather: fine and sunny; little hazy; Wind: SW 4 forecast
11:00 Picked up our anchor and left the bay on motor setting a course of 82 degrees. After 6 weeks in Sicily, we leave this beautiful island.
13:00 Engine off The promised SW arrives and we pull out our sails achieving an average SOG of 6.5 kts
15:00 Switch engine on Wind has dropped taking us down to some 4.4 kts so necessary to motor sail with an rpm of 18:00 to maintain our 6.5kts.
17:00 Engine off. The
wind has picked up so with mizzen and genny set for a run we
switch off engine and continue to achieve our 6kts plus.
20:30 38:10.35N 16:21.78E Still sailing on genny and mizzen with weakening wind up the chuff; SOG: 5 to 5.7kts. Watches: K 9-12; F 00.00 – 03.00hrs and J 03:00 hrs – 06:00 hrs
20:30 set genny and mizzen sails to a‘goose wing’ configuration as wind veered to the west and directly behind us.
23.25 38 22 38N 18:3476E Switch on engine. With the wind having dropped and with the boat speed down to 4.3 kts the sails are brought in and the engine started. With 18:00 rpm we are making. Off Monasterace 2.6nm to port and half way up the toe of Italy.
Total engine hours for the day:4.4 hrs – say
fuel consumed 20 litres.
Monday 26 August 2013
J took over at 2:45. A beautiful, uneventful night with calm seas, motoring at 1800rpm. Passed a few fishing boats and were passed on a parallel course by a large cargo vessel.
A fine morning with cloudless skies and little or no wind. Did boat’s brightwork which has been badly needed for a while.
Noon 39:31.85N 17:37.48E
14:30 39:49.47N 17:48.64E Motor sailing. SOG:7kts CSE 26 degrees DTG: 14nm ETA: 16:40
17:00 40:03.56N 17:59.427E Gallipoli Took some time on arrival to identify selected marina. Finally found the hole and slipped in effortlessly. The local yacht club marina wanted 150 € per night whereas this place charges, whilst far from worth it, our selected marina/boatyard, Darsena Fontanelle came in at 90 € per night.
Gallipoli is made of the old town huddled on an island separated from the mainland by a small bridge. It is covered by a warren of narrow streets and stairways dividing the tightly packed merchant houses that are nowadays mostly apartments. The castle and fortifications originally byzantine was later much modified. It occupies a key position at the harbour entrance and was used as late as 1809 when it drove off a Royal Navy squadron.
The old town is packed with young Italian
holidaymakers as we enter it on this our first evening
The new town across the bridge is by contrast – reinforced concrete and non – architecture comparing badly with the elegance of the old town.
Tuesday 27 August
Spent day in marina doing various chores. In
the evening we had a delightful table
overlooking the sea and farewell dinner for Karl at the
Risacca restaurant local to the fortress.