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I share a great interview With Jack Andrys.Jack and his family chartered sailboat from Sun sail along the East Coast of Italy near the Bay of Naples. In this interview Jack recounts the adventures that he had including a throttle mishap with the charter boat. He talks about visiting the islands of Ischia, Ponza, and one other island which turned out to be his favorite port of call.
Below are some photographs and information that Jack chose to share with us:
Saturday June 28 2014
Arrive from Rome into Naples by train then a car and ferry transfer to Procida arranged by Sailitalia, 3 hours on the train, 20 minutes in the car and 30 minutes on the Ferry.
Pick up Sunsail Cyclades 39.3 (Beneteau) Sampai from Sailitalia office at the Procida base located Bay of Naples. The group had 4 adults, my wife and I, my wife’s parents, and our 3 children aged 9, 7, and 6. No prior sailing for the in-laws, and only a couple of days for my wife and kids around Seattle.
– Skipper’s paperwork and payments of Insurance deposit
– Move onboard store away personal items and food (by crew)
– Have lunch on shore at Procida
– Check boat paperwork and wait on Sailitalia staff to confirm boat check list and skippers briefing
– Ready to sail that night but based on our experience we decided to stay onboard but stay at the dock.
Photo: Procida taken from the ferry.
Sunday June 29 2014
Breakfast onboard Sampai, top off water tanks untie the lines and leave port by 08:30 heading for a short sail to the Island of Ischia.
– Sailed south out of Procida in light winds and decided to get use to the boat and perform some tacking and jibing over the next hour but lost all three adult crew members to mild seasickness with two of them hanging over the side feeding the fish.
– Decided to head to shore at Ischia and anchored just north of the Castle Aragonese, at which point my wife and father in-law jumped overboard for a swim, after which I took the crew by dinghy to shore for lunch in the Village of Ischia.
At anchor and gone for a swim
– After lunch a few dinghy trips back to the boat and everyone was ready to give sailing another go, and we headed downwind sailing north. At this point in my mind I knew that I could always pull into one of the 4 ports on the northern coast of Ischia for the night if the crew became unwell again, but my intension was to get to the island of Ventotene about 23NM away.
– Everyone was enjoying the downwind sail and so we decided to head west for a 4 hour sail to Ventotene with the intention to tie up on the old Roman port. It was a great sail as we reached in about 15 to 20 knots of wind but toward the later stages we had a stern quartering swell that started to make the trip a little less comfortable for the previously ill adults. So I took over the helm so as to try and smooth things out as much as possible. It was the furthest most had ever been from the coast in a small boat, the sky and water were blue and it was a wonderful afternoon.
– At about two miles out I started the engine so as to be well prepared, but!
Getting towed in to the old Roman Port Ventotene
Monday June 30 2014
– Small craft warning and repairs
Tied up bow in outside Enrico’s restaurant Ventotene (Sampai is the middle boat)
Tuesday July 1 2014
– Finish repairs Ventotene sail to Ponza for an overnight anchor in one of the bays on the West side of the Island.
Afternoon sail back to the Island of Ponza and stay in harbor in the town of Ponza
My wife and I at our favorite harbor at Ventotene