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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In anticipation for our sailing trip from Sicily to Lipari Islands.

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In two days’ time we are getting on a plane and going to Italy. For anyone who loves travelling, this is the most exciting time – anticipation of the trip, of a new adventure. Of course there is a packing involved as well, which is the least interesting, but without packing you would not be able to feel excited. And this is not an ordinary trip at all. This is a sailing trip! We will be sailing from Sicily (Messina) towards Lipari Islands!

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Getting our SRC!

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The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is something every sailor thinking about chartering a boat and sailing must have. This course is an absolute minimum, as using the radio on a boat is essential. As our dream is to sail away (perhaps around the world) in our own boat in 3 years time, in February Marcin and I flew to Poland to take part in one of the trainings.

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