Malta Circular Bays – Il-Hofra L-Kibra and Il-Hofra Z-Zghira.

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The sun was slowly rising and unveiling the clear blue sky. The world was calling for a morning swim, but first I have decided to have a cup of coffee. We have anchored for the night in one of the two circular bays on the east coast of Malta, leaving behind the bay near Marsaskala. The two bays were divided by a piece of land, with a naturally created window and we have decided to stay in a bigger bay – Il-Hofra L-Kibra. Amazingly for us we were left completely alone for the night, even though when we arrived a few boats were comfortably anchoring near by.

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Ir-Ramla il-Hamra in Xaghra, Gozo – the gold sand and the turquoise waters…

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The contrast of the golden sand and the turquoise water was mesmerizing. I was so happy to enjoy the swim and a lazy afternoon we have decided to leave noisy Malta behind and head straight to Gozo. None of us knew that by a pure chance we will be stopping by one of the best and most wonderful pieces of paradise on Earth – Ir-Ramla il-Hamra in Xaghra.

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Approdo Saint Lucia Porto Piccolo – welcome to Syracuse, Italy.

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No wind was leading us towards Syracuse almost all day. Standing at the helm was getting pretty boring and I was hoping that with this lovely weather we have a chance to see few dolphins, but it was not on the cards for today. We were aiming for Saint Lucia Porto Picolo, which was very close by to the city center we wanted to explore. Besides this time we have managed to take only few clothes, so the laundry was very much due.

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Sailing in the dark – passage from Malta to Sicily.

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Sleeping in a bow cabin during our night passage from Gozo to Sicily was a sheer nightmare. The sea was restless and the boat was going up and down strongly and rapidly. To my great surprise I did not feel seasick at all. It looked like the precautions I took before our sailing trip… worked? I did feel some nausea at the start of our trip, when the sea was as calm as a lake, but not now, when I was bashed around in my bed.

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Msida marina and Valletta – our first day in Malta.

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The sun was slowly getting ready to lift the night and it woke us up rather early. Even at 5 in the morning the day seems hot and there was no cloud on a blue clear sky. I did not sleep well. We have managed to get to the Msida Marina at 2 o’clock and went to beds at about 3, listening to the sounds of St Joseph’s church bells, which chime every 15 minutes. Guessing however the time using the bells would be a tricky thing to do. The strikes did not make much sense…

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Sailing around Gozo – Mgarr ix-Xini Bay.

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On the map of Gozo, Mgarr ix-Xini Bay does not look appealing at all. A small and very narrow bay, south-west of Mgarr, with high rocks surrounding azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, might be tricky to navigate if your boat is bigger than 13 meters. Yet to hid there and anchor to spend the day on enjoying swimming and diving is as tempting as trying fresh mussels in the cafe next to the small beach.

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What have I learnt from my two weeks sailing trip around Gozo, Malta and Sicily?

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We have landed in London on Sunday morning. First impression wasn’t great. Cloudy and grey sky hanging over our heads. I immediately missed crystal clear blue of the Maltese skies and water. Marcin wanted to take off his sunglasses just to realize that he is not wearing any! This is how dark everything looked like… The contrast was overwhelming.

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Malta, Gozo and Sicily! Sailing the Meds again :)

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At this moment I am feeling quite happy and excited. No surprises here, as we are flying over to Malta for our sailing adventure this Friday! We will be visiting Malta, Gozo and we will be sailing across to Sicily! What else a traveler and a sailor like me would want?

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