Sunday, September 14, 2008

Passing Capri

As we left Naples, we followed the coast line south on our way to Malta. The views from my cabin were amazing. Here is a glimpse of Capri when we were sailing by...

Around midnight we entered into the straight of Messina. Everyone was on the open deck to see this passage through the narrow section of water separating the Italian Peninsula from Sicily. The Strait joins the Tyrrhenian Sea in the north with the Ionian Sea in the south and has a reputation for its hydrological peculiarities – namely whirlpools, strong currents and internal waves.
"Throughout history the Strait has received a lot of attention because of its dangerous waters. In Greek mythology, a six-headed monster named Scylla lived on the Italian Peninsula and would pull sailors up and devour them if they came within her grasp, while an all-consuming whirlpool called Charybdis, on the Sicilian side, would suck passersby to their deaths." European Space Agency
We passed through without harm, and shortly after I could see home, Etna lit up for us.

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