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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Seasickness remedies – do they REALLY work?

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Next Friday we are leaving for another sailing trip – this time for two weeks, sailing around Malata, Gozo and heading to Sicily to sail there and then back to Malta. This particular trip is very important to me, as for the first time since we have obtained our skipper licences we will be tested in our skills and knowledge. Next year plan is to charter a boat and sail as skippers – take my sister and few friends for a trip around Greece and show them how exciting and beautiful sailing is. Well, that is the plan. Although there might be one little disturbing thing for them to experience as well – the joy of seasickness!

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Kissing the flames – climbing Stromboli Vulcano.

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The boat rocketed gently. The wind died completely and all our efforts to catch the remains of it into our sails were pointless. We had to turn the engine on in order to make any progress. The sea was flat like a lake but still beautifully coloured. You could almost see the sky and few white clouds reflecting on the surface.

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Lipari – the troubled history of The Norman Cloister

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We have arrived at Lipari late at night, but still went on a short exploration trip – simply could not resist an opportunity to sit outside on this warm night, holding a cold beer! The town looked empty, but we have managed to find a small bar, still serving paninis and of course – cold beer! The taste of this Italian beer was one of the best I have ever had 🙂

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Passage to Lipari on Gipsy Queen – Gib Sea 352 – and showering at a hairdresser’s saloon.

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Our first passage – from Messina marina (Marina del Nettuno – very well equipped – with nice facilities and very helpful staff, reasonable priced at 70 euros per night for a boat of 10m  at the end of April/beginning of May 2017) to Lipari took us 14 hours.

Suffering a seasickness…

Leaving Messina

During that time my seasickness hit me hard and surly. I was trying to busy myself and keeping my eyes fixed on the horizon – my best friend during this difficult time, but inevitably after few hours I did through up. Yep, this lady is never kind to me.

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Dealing with my seasickness and why I am still coming back…

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This might sounds at least “crazy” but when dealing with a seasickness I consider myself lucky. In case you wonder, yes, I do get seasick and I always end up throwing up, not looking pretty at all. Something what I would compare to a big chunk of pumice stone is slowly growing inside my belly as soon as we leave the shore and the sea starts to swing the boat. Then I know what is coming.

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