sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Photo Gallery Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing FishingBoating
Video Gallery Newsletters

 

Sail-World.com : Sailing with Eye Candy: Malta and on to Sicily

Sailing with Eye Candy: Malta and on to Sicily

'Sharing with friends is always a part of life when cruising'    Clare and Andrew Payne

Andrew and Clare Payne are back on their sailing yacht Eye Candy in the Mediterranean, and have sailed from Tunisia to Malta, where they are berthed in the Msida Marina, finding many other cruising couples there to share experiences.

Queen Victoria monument -  Clare and Andrew Payne  
We have a barbecue on the New Zealand boat Wired for Sound with a Kiwi (New Zealander) mate as well as Canadian couple Mike and Grace from 'Two Moons'. We all contribute to the meal, eat like Kings and after some lubrication sing along to Kiwi’s favourite tunes from yester-year.

The following morning we catch the bus to the Capital city Valetta. The Knights of St John occupied the area from the early 1500 to late1700 and are mostly responsible for the building of the walled city and fortifications.

We spend a few hours walking around looking at the architecture, housing conditions, monuments and parks and gardens. It is very impressive with stunning views over Grand Harbour to the
Housing in the gracious old capital of Valetta -  Clare and Andrew Payne  
south and Marsamxett Harbour to the north.

We also go to a museum style presentation capturing scenes from the life and times of the Crusading Knights. Plenty of dummies in manacles being tortured, blood dripping off them and arrows and spears dug into them – all pretty gory!

After that we decide not to go to the World War II museum and go to the Maritime and the Aviation museums which prove very interesting.

The Aviation museum, although small, is particularly good because we are able to get close to things and have a good look. There are restored World War II Spitfire and Hurricane fighters and Andrew gets to sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet designed for the EU
Fighter Ace Andrew - some sky fantasizing -  Clare and Andrew Payne  
– it’s a wonder I ever got him out of there!

Another day we catch the local bus to the old city of Vittoriosa. This area pre dates the Knights and some of the buildings although renovated are still in use today. We walk up narrow streets and come across the home of the executioner of the times. This is depicted by two axes carved in the stone work above the front window. I can't help but wonder if he had small children and what it would be like to come home to that reminder.

So then we leave Malta at 7.00am to sail the 85 miles to Siracusa in Sicily.

Andrew takes a photo of our chart plotter showing the AIS targets around Malta. Eye Candy is the boat in the photo
Busy sailing - AIS ’targets around Malta -  Clare and Andrew Payne  
with the red and green line running off the bow. All the other grey triangles are large ships, the largest being 1200 feet long, and another was a large drilling platform. The cruise liner Queen Victoria is there too, but she is less than a 1000 feet long so not a problem. Later in the day we find a large ship on a collision course with us and only 1.2 miles away. Andrew calls him on the radio and tells him where we are and asks what he is doing – fortunately he changes course.

It turns out to be a good sail, albeit slow at times. We have to motor the last twenty miles and arrive at 2.00am Saturday morning. We listen to the Royal Wedding on the BBC via HF radio along the way. The reception isn’t brilliant but we can gauge the excitement and
Streets of Vitoriosa -  Clare and Andrew Payne  
we hear Kate and Wills exchange vows. Some friends are coming to Eye Candy within the next fortnight and bless them for they are bringing glossy magazines. So I will catch up on all the gos then.

So, we are here in Sicily, but since arriving we haven’t been off the boat. The wind comes up every day and going ashore pretty well means getting wet on the return trip.

Tomorrow morning we will definitely head in and get a data plan for the sim card we got here last year so we will have internet access on the boat. We will stay here until the wind can carry us north through the Messina strait to the coast of Italy. We spent time here in Sicily last year, so we will probably fast track up to the coastline of the mainland, areas we haven't yet seen.

Such is cruising! To follow Eye Candy's website, click here?nid=83704.




by Andrew and Clare Payne

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83704

12:00 AM Fri 20 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Cruising

Related News Stories:

21 Oct 2013  No sail skills, but family has two-and-a-half year Pacific adventure
07 Oct 2013  Here's why to sail in an engineless junk-rigged schooner
20 May 2013  Guam sailors cruise to the remote Maug Islands
20 Mar 2013  Another cruising sailor sets off - then another and another...
22 Feb 2013  Sailing Tale: A first week in Cuba
12 Feb 2013  Italian sea-change sailor plans another adventure
08 Feb 2013  Sailing Tales: A yachting life in the Arctic
06 Feb 2013  Chance Encounters - sailors and whales
13 Jan 2013  Deaf solo circumnavigator, rolled in Southern Ocean, stops in Hobart
11 Dec 2012  Of dreamers who went sailing and the puffin which inspired them
MORE STORIES ...

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World











Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,










British rescuers go for their own circumnavigation challenge by Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,


How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans by Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,


Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years by AFP/Sail-World Cruising,














Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland by Sail-World Cruising round-up,
























Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,




Product of the Week: Chafe guards save lines from friction
Government sneaks through the 'Affordable Boat Act'
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
Yacht of the Week: Kokomo III - and she could be yours
Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world
Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play
Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter
Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again
3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters
Product of the Week: the LineGrabber
Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water!
Carbon monoxide poisoning - is it possible on YOUR boat?
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone
Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly
No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make
Multihull Solutions Phuket 2014 Regatta - new sponsorship
Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea
Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann
Jet stream gets fish in hot water   
Still no plans for e-Borders   
A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant   
Air warms but water slower - be careful, sailors, of hypothermia   
Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers?   
Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record   
How to anchor and 'never utter a word'   
Non-pyrotechnic flares for my boat - Can I or can't I?   
Health benefits of sailing   
Cruising in the Maldives - some nuts and bolts   
ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising   
Halyard Tension - a video   
Winchrite - for lazy days or extra muscle-power   
Researcher examines 'current leaks' that may change the way you sail   
Paris off to attempt to circumnavigate the world again   
Need a tow from that helicopter? - watch the video and don't laugh   
Certain oil spill products shown to be ineffective and toxic + Video   
The Constrictor: a powerful 'Queen' of sailing knots!   
British leisure craft permitted to use red diesel in Belgian waters   
Boat painting - simple but best tips   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  



















 
Our Advertisers are committed to our sport, please support them!
This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia Pty. Ltd and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.

Photographs are copyright by law. If you wish to use or buy a photograph you must contact the photographer directly (there is a hyperlink in most cases to their website, or do a Google search.) with your request.

Please do not contact Sail-World.com as we cannot give permission for use of other photographer’s images.

Only if the photographer named on the image is Sail-world.com, Powerboat-world.com, Marinebusiness-world.com or NZBoating-World.com.
Contact us .
Ph: +61 2 8006 1873 or complete our feedback form    Contact us .
   View our Privacy Policy.    [Go Home]     [  Banner Advertising Specification]    [Bot Archive ]

Customised news feeds -Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have their own customised version of our news feed on their website.
Look_here_to_see_examples

X6XL VIR CRU NH