Wednesday 8th May on donk just over 8 hours and 56NM from Siracuse to Taormina. Not exactly testing sailing in F2 although looked like rain for most of the day. It'll be a long day tomorrow, needing to time our northerly passage through Messina Straight to take advantage of a favourable tidal stream, which can be several knots in entirely wrong direction if my calculations are anything like Steve's (s/y Eirene) who recently told me he got it wrong 'big style'. It's also long day-sail tomorrow heading towards Volcana. Unfortunately not helped by needing to enter Missina Straight no earlier than mid--afternoon.