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June  2017


Aeolian Islands


Tropea, Italy

Calabria Region on South Tyrrhenian Coast



               Trip Video (Direct Youtube Link)

Destination:  Tropea Italy - and nearby  Islands

Proposed Dates:  June 17 to 24th  2017
Board Sat  6 pm
    Disembark Sat by 9 am
    Length of sail trip:  7 nights 

Cost final cost....  $920 per person
airfare not included). See below for details


More information:

bulletJuly:  65 to 85 highs.  50 to 65 lows
bulletWater temperature:  71F
bullet18 hours sunlight per day
bulletRugged, provincial beauty


bullet Sunsail Charter Company
  1. Tropea Base
  2. Stromboli
  3. Panarea
  4. Lipardi
  5. Vulcano (hot baths)
  6. Filicudi
  7. Salina

More details at:  Suggested Free-roam Itineary


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Estimated between $1200 and $1700 (in US dollars).    It actually came out to be $920 due to smart shopping for wine and chow.

The cost depends on which boats we are able to reserve, the size and age of the boats, and the number of committed crew.  The final price is be firmed up when the actual boats are reserved and crew numbers declare their preferences for type of boat..

The estimate is includes boat rental, insurance, taxes, full provisioning for the 6 days and 7 nights, hotel items (linens/towels), bar tab and a little left for on-shore restaurants. Some items are estimates, and are based on previous cruises.  It is desired that a small refund is due to crew members at the end of the trip.

It does not include hotel or travel costs off the boat, trinkets, souvenirs, nor any air fare.

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Airfare Ideas

bullet Lamezia Terme airport ---  'SUF' code
bullet in southern Italy, in the ‘point of the boot
bullet approximately 50 kilometres from the base.
bullet 90 minutes by Tax (100 euro) to Marina

Couple this sail with a number of side trips to leverage the $2700 air fare

  1. Tour Sicily - Messina and Palermo
  2. Roman Holiday ---  In Rome of course
  3. 'The Palio' in Siena -- This year on July 2nd  - ( Palio on Facebook )
  4. Italian bike trip before or after (e.g.  Backroads Biking )


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Sailboat Information

Boat Reservations 

Layout and Specs

Beneteau 50.5 foot Sloop 

(Upgraded reservations in December 2016)

detailed info link

The Beneteau Cyclades 50.4 is, compared to other 50 footers, a big boat. The 16-foot beam translates to a terrific amount of space—about twice the volume of more traditional 50-footers. This space leads to a level of comfort unsurpassed in its class. Five cabins make up the accommodations, with four double cabins, each with its own head and shower in the corners, and a single berth and head for crew/storage/workshop way forward, accessed though a foredeck hatch.

Reserved in Nov 2016, but no longer reserved after upgrade

Sunsail 43 4 foot Sloop   (detailed info link)


Built by Beneteau, this larger yacht offers plenty of room coupled with satisfying light wind sailing characteristics.

On deck there are twin wheels that both aid the helmsman manoeuvring in tighter spots, while also ensuring good access to the swimming platform when at anchor. The modern fractional rig, with large main and smaller genoa, offers exceptional light wind performance to delight both seasoned sailors and the less experienced.

This exceptionally spacious 43ft yacht offers 4 cabins, with two heads and showers, making it an ideal choice for a families or groups of friends

bulletPossible 2nd Boat depending on other signups.
bulletCatamaran 44.4 - 4 cabin -  $8400
bulletSunsail 39 - 3 cabin  $3045
bulletSunsail 42.3 sloop

More Information: boat availability


Crew Listist

The best situation is double occupancy given the two person staterooms.  Reserve a berth by sending a $700 deposit. The deposit is refundable if someone would be willing to take your place.

As deposits are received, you receive higher priority, but for considerations of ensuring enough sailing talent is available for all boats.   We are looking to get enough sailors for two sloops, but we will sail a one-boat trip if there are not enough takers for two. 








Joe Martinka


signed up

From California


Dorian Martinka

 skipper's mate


Sam Martin 

 first mate

 deposit received


 From California


 Laura Martin




Eléonore Obis


 deposit received


 from Paris


 Maxime  Obis




 Jonathan Pharazyn


 deposit in mail


 From California


 Ruth Pharazyn



















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Page update history

Oct 17, 2017- First Draft
Oct 22, 2016 - Added details for BBQ Party
Nov 11, 2016 - First boat reserved with six crew
Dec 14, 2016 - First boat upgraded with eight crew
Oct 18, 2017 - updated with costs and the video links.


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