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2019-10-19>21 Siracusa, Sicily, Italy > Hammamet, Tunisia

Time zone UTC + 0.00

Local time (Italy) +2.00

Local time (Tunisia) +1.00

There still is a small weather window of opportunity to cross to Tunisia before the strong winds coming from the Gulf of Leon affect the Channel of Malta and although we arrived last night after midnight we decided its best to take this opportunity.

Even though the winds aren’t strong, as we depart we decided as a precaution to go already with 1 reef on the mainsail in case the forecast is wrong.

16.30 - Departure Siracusa, Sicily - 1 Reef on the Mainsail

Coordinates 37º03’550N 15º16’740E

Wind speed: 13 knots

Wind direction: 60 degrees from starboard

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

SOG: 6 knots

22.00 - 1 Reef on Mainsail

Coordinates 36º38’425N 15º06’763E

Heading: 225 degrees

Wind speed: 2 knots

Wind direction: on the nose

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

SOG: 6.1 knots

During the previous hour, we found ourselves sailing towards the lead pack of the Rolex Middle Sea race fleet. A bit unsettling to see so many boats heading in our direction on radar and then showing up on AIS but not being able to see their navigation lights (for those that like us have navigation lights on the pushpit and pulpit only when they were already 2 nautical miles from us we could see them, only the ones that use the tricolour up the mast were visible in the distance - eye-opening experience).



02.00 - Passing oil rig Corpo Vega

Coordinates 36º31’126N 14º39’051E

Heading: 250 degrees

Wind speed: 4 knots

Wind direction: 30 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

SOG: 6 knots

03.40 - 1 Reef on Mainsail and full Genoa

Coordinates 36º29’734N 14º27’170E

Heading: 250 degrees

Wind speed: 5 knots

Wind direction: 50 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: calm

06.10 - 1 Reef on Mainsail and full Genoa plus engine

Coordinates 36º28’428N 14º13’932E

Heading: 265 degrees

Wind speed: 5.5 knots

Wind direction: 60 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: swell

SOG: 6 knots

Need to keep SOG above 6 knots, swell is slowing us down from previous speeds before the swell appeared.

John caught two huge yellowfin tunas around 30kg each but we couldn’t land them in the boat. They put a hell of a fight and was quite fun to bring them to the back of the boat and then set them free.

14.20 - 1 Reef on Mainsail and 1 Reef on Genoa

Coordinates 36º26’070N 13º13’853E

Heading: 250 degrees

Wind speed: 16 knots

Wind direction: 80 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6 knots

20.00 - 1 Reef on Mainsail and 3 Reefs on Genoa

Coordinates 36º23’618N 12º30’215E

Heading: 260 degrees

Wind speed: 20 knots

Wind direction: 90 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6.5 knots

Our Genoa furler is getting really stiff so as a precaution we are reefing the headsail sooner and sooner. Normally we would be on reef 1 or maybe 2 in 20 knots of wind but with limited furling capacities we decided to be cautious and reef in advance in case one of us needed to go to the bow to assist.

04.00 - Battery bank at 68%, turn engine on for power

Coordinates 36º21’318N 11º28’408E

Heading: 260 degrees

Wind speed: 18 knots

Wind direction: 90 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6.5 knots

07.00 - 1 Reef on Mainsail full Genoa and engine

Coordinates 36º21’944N 11º05’925E

Heading: 260 degrees

Wind speed: 12 knots

Wind direction: 80 degrees from port

Cloud coverage: 30%

Visibility: 90%

Sea state: big swell

SOG: 6.2 knots

11.40 - Arrival to Hammamet, Tunisia

Coordinates 36º22’389N 10º32’740E

1hour later, after doing formalities at the arrival dock, we were finally docked on our winter berth just before the forecasted strong winds picked up.

Total hours of the trip: 43h

Total hours sailing: 15h30

Total hours motoring: 11h

Total hours motor-sailing: 16h30

Maximum Speed Over Ground: 9 knots

Distance: 258.3nm

#Italy #Sicily #Tunisia

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