After our last minute change of plans we found ourselves a marina in the south of Sicily to spend the winter months. Since this is our first season, we really didn’t know what to expect. But already while mooring we met a couple of our neighbours who helped us with the lines. We settled in for a few days and then heard from one of the other Liveaboards that there is a Happy Hour every Tuesday and Friday at the local bar and every Sunday the cruisers organise a BBQ. Once we attended our first Happy Hour we were fully integrated and met heaps of people of all nationalities. Here in the Marina di Cala del Sole we have people from England, Scotland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, USA, New Zealand, Lithuania, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Malta, Denmark, Ireland, Brazil – and it’s always great fun getting together, eating, drinking, singing, and playing games.
We love dinner parties – it’s amazing to see how other Liveaboards use the space they have to create beautiful 3 course dinners. Also, we learned that there are electrical wine coolers. This is a thought worth while!
Every two weeks we have a Skippers Meeting, to share experiences, ask questions, get help etc . It’s a great little community here and if someone needs assistance or has any questions, there is sure to be at least 1 person able to help.
Also, the marina is great and all the staff is really helpful. One day we ordered Diesel – usually there should be a tanker delivering the Diesel, but it is seemingly on strike, so what happened? The Diesel was delivered to our yacht by one of the Marineros in 25L jerry cans from the local petrol station.
For our 8 months wedding anniversary (yay) the office organised some roses to be delivered to us.
We are calling Marina Di Cala Del Sole our home for just over a month now, and I must say, we are quite happy with the marina itself (although it’s not quite as advertised – more about the marina later) and with the people we have met so far. What might have helped us settling in and feeling quite at home is the fact that we have had great weather with temperatures as high as 27 degrees (remember, it is October) and a very sheltered berth.
Now, with it being mid November, the temperatures have dropped to 18-20 degrees and there is a lot of wind and rain about – time to get the socks and jackets out! We have also tested our heating a couple of times – it works a treat and it gets nice and cosy in a few minutes. Unfortunately, the first cool and rainy week was when my parents were out to see us. I hope they got a slight glimpse of what it is like living on a sailing yacht – I think they managed quite well.
Everything else is kind of like living in a ‘real’ house – you have to cook, clean, wash the dishes, do the laundry, fight with the wifi, take out the rubbish...
We are looking forward to our next few months here before we head out again to explore the world at sea.
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