Voyage 27

Naples, Italy to Livorno, Italy
June 26-28, 2018

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 26, 2018

naples_ivornotnI had a very nice weekend in Naples.  I had considered setting sail last night, but I decided against that plan because the wind was light and it was blowing in from the west, the direction I needed to go.  So, I chose to spend another night here.

At 6:35 AM, the sun was up and there was a good wind from the east-northeast.  I pulled my lines on board, set the sails and headed southwest out of the marina.  I have a little over 250 nm to go for Livorno, Italy.  My plan is to spend next week in Florence before continuing my voyage around the Mediterranean.

At around 8:00 AM, I was sailing through the Phlegraean Islands to the west of Naples.  Once I got past Procida Island, I turned a bit more to starboard and then headed up the coast.  The wind was blowing 10-15 knots and I was sailing on the starboard beam reach.  My boat speed was approaching 8 knots.  The sailing conditions were almost perfect.

Later in the day, the wind died down and changed direction.  It was now blowing out of the north-northwest and I was too close to shore to sail on the port tack, so I had to turn to the west.  I set the autopilot to follow the wind, but I am guessing that I will be up at some time during the night to make an adjustment to the helm.

Day 2 – Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Shortly after midnight, I had to adjust my tack farther to the west.  The wind came to life in a big way and was now blowing about 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots.  I ended up putting a reef in the mainsail just to be safe.  The sea was also much rougher than I had seen it in many days.  It looks like the rest of the night is going to be rough.

When I went to bed at about midnight, I had the autopilot set to follow the wind on the starboard tack.  At about 2:30 AM, the autopilot alarm sounded because the wind had shifted to the northeast and the boat was headed too far to starboard on the current setting.  I reset the autopilot to follow the course.  The wind was up over 18 knots and my boat speed was over 7 knots.  The sea was still rough, but I was not beating against waves as much now.  Once the autopilot was set with the new instructions, I went back below.

06/27/2018 0440 UTC – 41º 55.77′ N 11º 35.34′ E

I was back up at 6:40 AM.  I didn’t sleep well because the sea was so rough and I have been used to calmer seas of late.  My position check put me about 135 nm northwest of Naples, which was a decent day’s travel.  I have a little over 100 nm to go.  I noted that I passed abeam Rome sometime during the night.  This morning, the wind was blowing 20 knots, gusting to 23 knots.  The wind direction was unchanged from what I noted early this morning.  If the wind keeps at this level, I could reach Livorno this evening.  The sky is mostly clear, so it is a nice day, with the exception of the strong winds.

Later in the afternoon, the wind direction changed and the wind speed calmed a bit.  I had to resort to tacking again because the wind had once again shifted to the northwest.

At about 6:30 PM, I was south of Elba, sailing west.  I was planning to turn north once my wind angle would support the turn.

At about 8:00 PM, I decided to just continue west and to sail around the west side of Elba.  The wind angle was not forecast to change much and it looked like I would have a better sail on the other side of Elba.

At about 10:00 PM, I was far enough west of Elba that I could turn northeast-bound.  The wind is much lighter tonight than it was last night.

Day 3 – Thursday, June 28, 2018

I was awakened a couple of times last night with wind direction changes.  I ended up having to sail west for a bit on the starboard tack because the wind was coming almost directly from Livorno.  At a little before 6:00 AM, the wind direction shifted around to the northeast.  Although the wind speed was barely 4 knots, at least I was back sailing directly toward Livorno.

06/28/2018 0500 UTC – 43º 9.78′ N 10º 8.8′ E

At 7:00 AM, I was located about 24 nm from Livorno.  With the light winds, it will still take me about 6-7 hours to arrive.  In any event, it’s a nice day for a leisurely sail into my next port-of-call.

At about 12:30 PM, I arrived at the docks at Livorno Yacht Club.  My plan is to stay in Livorno through the 4th of July holiday week.  It’s not a holiday in Italy, but I figured Florence was a good place to spend a week.  I will head out for Genoa next weekend.

06/28/2018 1030 UTC – 43º 32.93′ N 10º 17.86′ E