May 24, 2071
On May 14 Serafina left Licata for the first time since Birgit, Syd, Anita and Andy brought her in to the dock September 26 of last year. It was the first step in our summer circumnavigation of Sicily, which will involve going around the “three corners” of Sicily, represented by the three legs of the trinacria, which has been discussed here before.
We passed around the first leg yesterday, the northwest “corner” of Sicily, on our way from the island of Favignana towards Palermo, where we will meet our friends from Seattle, Bill and Paty.
The stay on Favignana was a wonderful re-introduction to the pleasures of life at anchor – reading, cooking, living in a natural setting little impacted by humans, and sometimes being grateful for a good strong anchor able to hold us in place even in plenty of wind. The most common living things were fish and seagulls, a big colony of which kept up a constant, varied and interesting chatter. That prompted some questions about the evolutionary value of all that constant talk, but that’s a subject for another occasion…
When the worst of the weather came along for that particular anchorage – strong southerly wind, a scirrocco – we went around to the other side of the island and spent two nights in the town of Favignana, which used to be the center of the Mediterranean’s huge tuna industry, now largely, but not completely, defunct.
A lot of preparation went into getting Serafina ready for the trip, but the Cantiere Navale (boatyard) in Licata did everything they said they would, on time, and at a very reasonable price.
Tomorrow we’ll go back on anchor as the first step on the way from here to Palermo. This town is a little touristy for our taste, but must have a real life, based mainly on fishing, when the hordes leave in early September. But the food is good, the town is pretty to look at from the harbor, and congenial to walk around in.
For anyone interested in following our travels, the link “Our Current Location” will take you to a web page that shows position reports from our satellite-linked GPS device, kindly given to us back in 2014 by Mark Halgren, and recently restored to function, also by Mark, when we found ourselves in need of help. The way it works is that we set it off manually when we feel like it – mainly when we’re under way, or in a new location. It saves the locations for a week. But a word of caution – the software sometimes takes two locations and draws a line between them. These lines may suggest that we sail Serafina on dry land, but that would be a mistaken understanding. She’s a great boat, but not magical. We just didn’t add an additional location when we made a turn, for example, around a cape.