Our last port in our whistle stop tour of Sicily was Trapani. It’s funny how the towns we’re never expecting always seem to surprise us more than the ‘must visit’ centres that get pushed.
Was yet another frustrating day of motoring down the coast and then, a few miles out, having the wind kick up to 18 knots making docking tricky. We seem to have these days more and more, to the point of us almost expecting it now. Oh well we got there safe and sound and that’s what counts when you’re facing skies like this..
A marinaro came rushing out to greet us which was lucky as the pilots and charts didn’t show a good layout of the marinas here. It was quite confusing coming in so we were glad of a friendly “You follow!”.
One thing you have to watch for is while the Marinaros help is wonderful you need to remember that it’s your boat and safety on the line and they are looking for sales at the end of the day. Coming in we always ask about the depth. We give our draft and normally get told we’ll be fine. I then back this up on the chart and sounder to hopefully avoid grounding. This guy didn’t exactly fill us with confidence as he kept asked the same question over and over. “2m? You sure 2m? 2m should be fine. Follow me!”
I couldn’t even check the charts as the marina didn’t show on there so we went in very blind.
The depth went lower and lower until we were reading 0.0m. Ugh. Luckily I calibrated the depth sounder with a 0.25m get out of jail free amount and we quickly saw 0.2m then 0.3m back on the display.
It must have got pretty close though.
Once in, we washed off the incessant red dust that’s been blowing up from Africa for the last few days. It gets everywhere but we try to keep Interlude looking the best we can. We were treated to another lovely sunset which was stark contrast to the stormy skies we’d seen a few hours before.
The marina staff were really friendly and suggested some places to eat and get supplies. As we were planning on crossing back to Sardinia the morning after these tips were welcomed and mean’t we could cut down on the wondering aspect that any new place brings and left provisioning until the next morning to stock back up with essentials. Was nice to head into town for a wander around.
What a lovely town! Very clean and modern. Good shopping and happy people frequenting the many bars and restaurants. Although it’s a tale of two cities for sure. The centre is picture perfect..
But dropping a few streets away from the main routes in and out of town, the reality hits as buildings become more ruined and rubbish again builds up. I guess it’s the same everywhere to some extent, it’s good to see all aspects and not just the few streets the tourists seem to limit themselves to. We saw so many families living in small single rooms enjoying the night, eating, drinking, playing board games and cards together. All their doors open and enjoying each others’ company on the street outside their modest homes. We grabbed a bite after wondering aimlessly about for a few hours (our favourite way to explore).
Trapani also seems to be where all the high-end designer shops have been hiding and while we would of course blown a load of cash on Gucci we had to get back to the boat to rest up for the 170 mile crossing the day after. We were torn though. I mean come on.. who wouldn’t want to sail wearing these threads?
Another small place where we could have stayed longer but we took in what we could during our brief stay.