||Navigation from Ercolano to Palermo
Day is dawning on the last Sunday of August. The darkness of night sky, clean and moonless, becomes darker at east where the sun will rise. Itís undetectable. Itís more like a sensation than something visible. But somehow it is reassuring.
At prow, the lighthouse of north Ustica pinch shows the way to sailors, like us.
Itís the first time we get in touch with Sicily and we are proud of that. We want to unfold her, tell about her, boast of her with our guest, the Swedish writer.
Writer Bjorn Larsson. Itís his first cruise in our sea and the fact he choose Adriatica is a reason of pride for us. As our red hull approaches the earth, light goes brighter and we catch a glimpse of a fishermanís village behind Punta Falconiera at the crack of dawn.
The crew is on the deck. Our guest pops out from the skylight to enjoy the landscape in the fresh air of the morning. We will spend a beautiful day walking the island highways and byways. Later in the afternoon weíll sail for Palermo where another writer-friend is waiting for us, Roberto Alaimo, who will be our host and guide in the historical quarter of the city.
The first night we decided to stay at anchor in front of Mondello, telling stories and anecdotes, washing down fresh supplies embarked in Sicily with a chilly Lacryma Crhisti, gift of our friends from Ercolano when we left.
Itís an all night long cultural and gastronomic party.
Now I'm writing from our mooring at Molo Vittorio Veneto, in front of the nautical station, and in a few hours weíll set sail to Lipari. Then we will stop over to Salento and Malta before joining Sicilian coasts again with Lampedusa and Favignana islands which are two more stops of our journey.
Our guest-writer will narrate those lands and Sicilian people one after the other, but we already know that Sicily will be the center of our journey.
Bjorn Larsson left a message on our boat log that says: