Pix 30-Jul-16 1430hrs 38:16.108N 15:39.532E

Steve Coughlan
Sat 30 Jul 2016 14:38

In Messina Straits. Motor sail. A lot of issues trying to get the main up. The second batten from the top was jammed for sometime. Have to get the boom angle sorted out (vang spacer needs to come out which would mean helm Bimini needs to be removed).


Fascinating water flows and current working against us just now. Relates to difference in tidal heights between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea plus difference in density between the two (Ionian Sea is denser due higher salinity). Many swordfish boats in action.




Sword fishing in Messina straits. Note observers high above deck and extension at the bow from which fisherman harpoon the swordfish.