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Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy

Photo: Sailing the Ionian Sea to Greece. Credit: Lisa Borre.
An early morning departure from Santa Maria di Leuca to sail across the Ionian Sea to Greece. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 08/27/09 to 08/29/09
Sailed from: Crotone, Italy
Distance: 73 NM
Lat: 39°47.7’N
Long: 18°21.7’E

We awoke and got underway before dawn today for what turned out to be a long day of motoring to Santa Maria di Leuca in the company of two French boats. It turns out that we had been sailing on a similar schedule the same two French-flagged boats since Malta where they first spotted us. We saw each other on the overnight passage from Riposto (Etna). Having not met a French sailor that doesn’t have a racing streak in him/her, we all had a good laugh when Gyatso arrived in Crotone well before they did. It turns out that we had some gusty, rough weather in the night — conditions that our bluewater boat could weather much easier than their racer-cruisers.

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