Passage from Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy

Bootlegger of Mann
Frank Newton
Sat 31 Aug 2013 11:24


39:47.631N 18:21.331E


Passage from Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca on southern tip of the heel (DTG: 25nm )


Weather: Fine and sunny with good visability. Wind NW 5  Batteries: 100%, Water tank: Full ( 1,000 Litres ) Fuel:: 400 Litres – Range 100nm @1800rpm


Crew: Frank and Jackie


40:03.56N 17:59.427E  Darsena Fontanelle Marina, Gallipoli, Italy

10:30 Hrs Departed marina berth and headed out on engine into the fresh NW wind which was on the nose causing the waves to break over Bootlegger’s bow as we punched into it.


We soon set a SE course running with genny and mizzen parallel to the coast.with following 1 – 2 m waves causing us to roll.


15.30 39:47.631N 18:21.331E Arrived Santa Maria Leuca. Anchored in the outer harbour approach to this pretty little harbour and resort town that has a distinctively north African appearance with its many palm trees and Moorish looking buildings. We anchor amongst several other vessels of similar size and a fine looking 75’ British registered charter yacht called ‘Star Sapphire’ owned by iCharter. She can be viewed on their website.


We will spend the night here before rising early and setting off across the choppy Channel of Otranto to the Greek island of Othonoi, a distance of some 50nm with an ETA of around 16:00 hrs Sunday.


J again came up trumps in the galley this evening, producing an introductory dish for what lies ahead; namely a ‘taste of Greece’ in the form of stuffed peppers They were delicious. Dessert was peach crumble and whipped cream. Wonderful !


My log / blog and the research of planned route and places to visit duly done, which is Jackie’s domain, we finally hit the sack at 23:00 hrs.