Monday, February 18th, 2019
I am typing this from the pilothouse as I round the outer mark/lighthouse on the southeast corner of Sardinia. A local ferry captain radioed to chat and suggested I go into Cagliari tonight instead of anchoring and waiting until tomorrow. I think I will take the advice. That means three or four more hours but a better sleep once I tie up.
This last week has been a real challenge. We fixed the compass problem and refuelled in Albania by Thursday morning, but then the weather report was under estimated. Crossing the Ionian Sea was an ordeal. Both boat and crew did very well, but the sea tormented us from Thursday evening until Saturday at lunch with waves frequently over 15 feet.
Once we crossed the Messina strait between the toe of Italy and Sicily, the water turned to glass and we have enjoyed two and a half days of smooth sailing (although some interesting currents!).
I have to be in Miami on Saturday so I will put the boat into hibernation here over the next few days, send my dad home to recover from this adventure and look for some crew to help me through the remainder of the med in the first week of March.
The boat has performed admirably (but not flawlessly, there is still some prep to do before crossing an ocean) and we have covered 500+ nautical miles non stop. That is a very good test.