Dick, Dean, and Marie arrived safely in Malta. They planned on a short stop, so Dick did not bother with an Internet connection. He continued to send Marian updates via the shortwave radio.
Date: 6 August, 2013 10:22:00 AM PDT
We had a nice day walking through the city of Valetta looking across the Grand Harbour at the forts that are the subject of the Great Seige of 1565. Masses of tourists from the cruise ship Aurora that we heard on the vhf at the same time we were checking in.
We had a long walk – almost a trek – through Valetta to look across the Grand Harbour at the forts that are the subject of the great seige of 1565. I found a book on Malta’s history and bought it.
After 10 beers at the local watering hole we all agreed that the beer is no good and we are leaving! We will head north just 12 miles to an anchorage and windguru shows sort of favourable winds for Syracuse after that.
Love my HF radio. Installed the new compass today.
Date: 8 August, 2013 9:38:00 AM PDT
Yes, it seems quick to leave Malta, but it is just a burnt rock. We had a nice time at the Island of Comino. Ran around it twice.
We have looked ahead on the schedule and there are things we can do on the way. Mount Etna and the island of Vulcano. And if we are early getting to Sardinia we can go up the east side and visit Corsica before crossing to Menorca.
Also, windfinder showed the only westerly for a while to get us across the Malta Channel and on up to Siracuse before the northerlies start again. It is a night passage to take advantage of the wind. We are 15 miles into the 85 mile passage at 1835.
I have followers – how bizzare!