Tuesday, June 30 
Milazzo to Scilla 

 More calm winds today which meant motor sailing for our journey from Milazzo on Sicily back to the mainland, where we stopped for fuel in Bagnara Calabra. From there we continued south on the Strait of Messina to Scilla, our last stop before crossing the Ionian Sea. Along the way we passed by a couple of swordfishing boats from a close distance. The previous day coming from Lipari to Milazzo we were trying to chase one around for a photo but it was always too far away. They’re quite interesting boats as they have a long boom on the bow, manned by a guy ready with a harpoon. There’s a really tall mast, usually with two to three men in the crow’s nest, to spot the swordfish in the water and instruct the harpooner when to strike. In the evening we got to see one of the boats come back to harbour in Scilla with its fresh catch of the day. 

 We ended up mooring alongside in Scilla free of charge. Once we got settled I walked to the nearby beach, had a quick swim, then found a small grocery store to pick up a few things to stock up for our long journey. Ross & I had dinner on the boat then in the evening explored some of the town. I also found an ATM to withdraw some cash, with the uncertain financial situation in Greece I wanted to be prepared. Later I found a café with wi-fi so that I could check on my flight status for July and also send a couple of messages. Oh, and have one last gelato before leaving Italy!

Tuesday, June 30
Milazzo to Scilla

More calm winds today which meant motor sailing for our journey from Milazzo on Sicily back to the mainland, where we stopped for fuel in Bagnara Calabra. From there we continued south on the Strait of Messina to Scilla, our last stop before crossing the Ionian Sea. Along the way we passed by a couple of swordfishing boats from a close distance. The previous day coming from Lipari to Milazzo we were trying to chase one around for a photo but it was always too far away. They’re quite interesting boats as they have a long boom on the bow, manned by a guy ready with a harpoon. There’s a really tall mast, usually with two to three men in the crow’s nest, to spot the swordfish in the water and instruct the harpooner when to strike. In the evening we got to see one of the boats come back to harbour in Scilla with its fresh catch of the day.

We ended up mooring alongside in Scilla free of charge. Once we got settled I walked to the nearby beach, had a quick swim, then found a small grocery store to pick up a few things to stock up for our long journey. Ross & I had dinner on the boat then in the evening explored some of the town. I also found an ATM to withdraw some cash, with the uncertain financial situation in Greece I wanted to be prepared. Later I found a café with wi-fi so that I could check on my flight status for July and also send a couple of messages. Oh, and have one last gelato before leaving Italy!

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