Originally Posted by Invictus69
Thanks for all advice. I am off to my adventure and will report when I am back!
Ok, I am back and as promised here is my summary report - It was a great trip under an ambitious schedule but we made it.
I joined the crew and the boat at Marina di Ragusa at the southern tip of Sicily
. Flew to Catania airport
(2 hrs drive). Here are our overnight spots in order.
Marina di Ragusa
Santa Maria di Leuca
We had northerly or northwesterly winds through out the trip which means sailing close-hauled 95% of the time. Winds were better and more consistent as we sailed north. The worst leg wind-wise were along the Italian Adriatic
coast (Otranto to Trani) as it was mostly NW wind in the nose with some tacking and lots of motoring.
We crossed Adriatic
(Trani to Lastovo) in 11 hours on a perfect day with NW winds and had the same great sailing crossing Gulf of Taranto (Crotone to St. Maria di Leuca, 10 hrs). We had 10-25 kts winds on both crossings.
On the Italian side, Siracusa and Trani were the nicest places we visited. We didn't have an issue getting into Roccella (I followed the advice from this forum) although the guy in the marina pointed to two anchored boats to be used as reference. I can imagine the entry can be very tricky on a bad weather
On Croatian side, every place was unique in its own way. I liked Primosten and Mali Losinj maybe because it is my first time visiting those two places.
All in all, worth doing it again. Now back to the rats race!