Kefalonia to Sicily

Kefalonia to Sicily

After a walk ashore to see the 16th C Venetian fort and the remains of the village and olive plantation we took the boat round to Ormis Myrto for a swim. This where the novel by Louis de Bernieres (Captain Corellie’s Mandolin) was shot. I wide expanse of white pebbly beach with azure blue waters and a large cave at the southern end. A good white sandy anchorage but exposed to the wind, waves and swell for the West. After our swim we set off for the 258 nm trip to Taormina Bay in Sicily. The trip took 35 hours and we were forced to motor the whole distance due to lack of wind. At times the sea was like sheet of oily glass. Tow large pods of striped dolphins were seen in the distance at one point but did not wish to come and play. Large scale lightening lit the bight sky but there was no rain storm. We crossed the Straits of Messina which separate the foot of Italy from Sicily and approached the anchorage as the sun poked its head through the clouds . Taormina is a hilltop town sitting near Mount Etna, an active volcano. Taormina is known for the Teatro Antico di Taormina, an ancient Greco-­Roman theater still used today. Near the theatre, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. A narrow stretch of sand connects to Isola Bella, a tiny island and a marine nature reserve.