Strait of Messina from the north entrance - Italy
26.08.2013 Sonne 29°C 4 kt NW Actuell Position : 37° 49,6' N 015° 16,3' E
We are the Straits of Messina in the north anchor near the village of Scilly. In the Strait of Messina is a flow that should be the weakest, 4.5 hours after high tide Gibraltar. We have searched stream cards, but found nothing for the yachting sector. In a nutshell, there is much written and spoken about it, but then what exactly we could not find out. The flow is due to the different sea Tyrenischen between the sea and the Ionian Sea to be about 50 cm. Around 10:00 clock we pull the anchor and go next to the traffic separation zone on the mainland side of the road to the south one, we then want to stash diesel in a marina. Over the Strait of Messina led a high-voltage line with a span of 3000 meters between the two towers, which belonged to one of the largest worldwide and since vessels flying the line should run through, the line had to be very high (about 100 m distance to the water ) then what on the Sicilian side to a very high power led mast (238 m). The mast is from a distance by its red - good to see white paint. On the mainland side is also a similar mast, but on a small mountain and so this is not quite as high of look like her. The lines were dismantled late 90 as it is now an underwater cable which Sicily powered. When we are in the height of the masts we have 2 knots current against us. the water in Strait of Messina is moved, you can see well, cable water everywhere, and if you transit there, then mostly changes which, after some time also changes with us the power, now we have 3 kn ride with us and with good 8 knots through the Strait of Messina.