CROSSING THE TYRRHENIAN SEA to the southwest coast of Italy


After many prayers for good weather, we did not get it all the way! The wind was not too bad, but we could not sail. The problem was the waves that hit us from the side that caused a lot rolling. Banging into the side-on waves was slightly bearable during the daytime – at least we have had the horizon to steady ourselves (looking at the horizon make you forget somewhat that the world underneath you are rocking and rolling and less seasickness usually results). When night falls, the situation tumbles to a totally different level altogether! I could tell Johann was not 100% – he did not want to eat any food…he will rather nibble on something later. I did not feel like eating a meal either, but I am of duty and could go to bed for 2-3 hours! After 2 hours, Johann was clearly relieved to see me up and about… he was pretty pale looking … and could not part with the toilet for longer than the duration of a short sentence! Apparently that has been going on for the entire time that I was sleeping soundly down below! Poor thing … I was well rested and sent the Captain to bed for as long as it takes to recover (with a anti-seasickness tablet). The next day he was less pale, more talkative but still wary when it comes to the choice of meals. I am off the hook again (no cooking day2!!)

Stugeron ... saved a life ... how sad that it has been taken off the market!
Stugeron … saved a life … how sad that it has been taken off the market!

The perfect flat seas, hardly any wind eventually struck us at daybreak just past the Pontine Islands as we near the Italian coast. Except for turning green for a while, it was just another fortunate moment for us – to enjoy the crossing without serious challenges! Reading the notes of Andrea and Ian Treleaven (Letters from the Med) and Rod Heikel’s Italian Waters Pilot …made us realise just how lucky we are! It can be a hair-raising life threatening experience (to be caught out in 45 -50 kts wind, with a yacht with all sails down and still doing 10 kts!) – with no place to rest or hide if the weather turns foul!
Land at last ... and if I am not mistaken ... its the Isle of Capri!
Land at last … and if I am not mistaken … its the Isle of Capri!

We could not make up our minds if we should go straight to Solerna or Naples ( on the South West coast of Italy) to get the Charts and keep going while the weather is good … as we expect to motor most of the time around the Italian South-west coast. Isle of Capri put a spanner in the works of that idea! It was a perfect clear calm day, mid-morning when we arrived there and for a more perfect day one could not asked for! We there and then pulled into Marina Grande de Capri ! At a massive cost of €275 per night!! We could only afford to stay for one! If we stretch the boundaries a little we might get almost 2 days out of it!

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