Friday 1 June
We left Kefalinia on Tuesday afternoon and set off for our long journey
across the Ionian Sea to Italy.
The weather was fine when we left but as we got out into open sea we
experienced huge swell which was very uncomfortable...Sue felt so ill she had
to go to bed!...
Wednesday saw the swell reduce throughout the day but as evening came
the swell increased once more…..another uncomfortable night with very little
Thursday morning arrived and we could finally see land…. A welcome
sight for all…the swell reduced somewhat and we headed for the tip of Italy..
Almost as we reached the tip of Italy the engine stopped for no
apparent reason!......on further investigation we found that the pump was not
filling up the day tank.
I investigated further and thought I had found the problem only to find
a few miles along the same thing happened again…
Mike and Sue put the sails up whilst I had another look….this time the
problem was solved but we had to motor slowly and allow the pump to fill up the
We eventually rounded the tip of Italy
and into the Strait of Messina heading for The Marina del Nettuno at Messina. The Strait
proved to be very busy with lots of ferries crossing to and fro…..having
negotiated all of this we arrived at the entrance to the Marina at 18.30pm….
We were greeted and shown where to moor for the night…..as I negotiated
our entrance into the Marina……no bow thruster again!!!
I turned Quilombo around and after a quick discussion we decided we
would have to manoeuvre Quilombo slowly and carefully without the aid of the
bow thruster. As we carefully went through the harbour entrance we heard a
sickening thud and scraping noise……we had hit something!
We moored up and I had a look around the boat…I could not see any
damage but went over to speak to the Harbour Master and the port
authorities…..they were very apologetic and took me out to the point where the
There was a rock there about 3 metres from the side, and about 2 metres
down,in front of the one you can see.Apparently they knew about it but there
was no marker there….they would send a diver to look for any damage to Quilombo
in the morning.
Exhausted we went to the nearest restaurant we could find, ate Pizza
and fell into bed for a well earned rest…..
Friday morning and already we are into June…..bright sunny day.
Whilst we are waiting for the diver I looked into possible problems with
the bow thruster. No joy at all so I called the manufacturers who actually
have a dealership in Messina!!....a
call to a local technician still could not solve the problem and so he very
kindly came down to the Marina
to help out. Eventually by late afternoon the bow thruster was working again…..but
at more expense!!
In the meantime the diver arrived at about 11.00am and inspected the
boat thoroughly (well for ten minutes anyway)!! He gave us the all clear…we had
just scraped the keel and the only damage was a scratch….!
We decided to stay another night as we had had another busy day and it
was late…..we would set off at 6.00am in the morning. I went to see the
Harbour Master and to get our papers signed to find that the cost of one night
Our stop in Messina
proved to be a very expensive one!!!
Up early and on our way……sunny start but soon turned to rain. We hope
to reach the other side of Sicily by tomorrow
morning….then we need to stock up on provisions and refuel before setting of