A quick blog post to share the joy of the perfect crossing from Sardinia to Sicily. I am always a little nervous ahead of an overnighter but could not have asked for better conditions. 15-18 knots at 150 degrees, long swell from the same direction, full moon, clear skies, a little chilly on the dawn watch but I was trussed up like a turkey in my full wet weather gear and PFD.
We hoisted the Parasailor 1 hour after leaving the dock at Cagliari and only took it down 20 hours later as the breeze dropped around 4:30am - a new PB for ITIKI and first time we have left the kite overnight. Great boat speed, maxed at 11kts and thats 60L of diesel we won't be burning. Had a little birdie join us for several hours, flying off and returning to the boat. Even wandered inside, probably looking for a bed for the night. I think he settled on sleeping in the mainsail lazy bag, as I saw him exit and fly off at sunrise. We made landfall at the Egadi Islands on the western tip of Sicily. We had planned to stay at least one night here, however some nasty weather is coming on the weekend so we decided to high tail it down the south coast so we can get to our marina before the worst of it. Will be spending a week at Ragusa to get our solar panels fitted (yay! better late than never) and plan to hire a car and see some of the sights on land.
If you are reading this and wondering if you missed Sardinia, stay tuned for a virtual tour coming soon!