Letters from the Ionian

Last week Dick, Dean, and Marie sailed from Cephalonia, Greece across the Ionian Sea to Malta. On board Van Kedisi, Dick sent Marian updates on their passage using the short wave radio.

Date: 5 August, 2013 9:38:00 AM PDT

Motoring into the sunset with a dozen dolphins at the bow. No wind – nice stop mid-ocean for swim and laundry. Autopilot stopped working but just needed sorting out. Valetta in the morning.


Date: 5 August, 2013 4:13:00 PM PDT

It is 0200 here, Dean just came on watch. There are 6 ships anchored up ahead, 20 miles out from Malta in 100m depth! Lovely night. We sail whenever possible – even 2 knots – but there is only 5 knots of wind so we are motoring. Should be in Valetta around 0800.

The AIS we installed in Argostoli is working great. More than 100 ships in a 100 mile radius. Takes a lot of the guess work out, but you still have to look for boats that do not have it. Have figured out light levels and all that for the instruments. Everybody was very very very happy to have the autopilot working after being down for 6 hours. Marie did a circle, Dean wandered all over when it happened – in the dark, sails up, freighters near by and a cup of tea!

I surprised myself that I got the new computer working with the HF radio and the modem in 1/2 an hour. It is great!

All is well here

Take care