For those interested in more of the cruising detail here is what we have done so far. Following a few days stay in Malta we left for Syracuse (Siracusa), Italy, on the island of Sicily, about 80 nautical miles to the north. We weren't sure what the conditions would be like as a storm had passed through less than two days prior. However, the seas were almost flat, with a swell of perhaps a foot. We cruised at a leisurely 9 knots.
Next stop was Crotone, Italy, on the "pad" of Italy's "foot", just over 150 miles beyond Syracuse. Not particularly interesting, we just spent the night. The next day, following another 70 mile easy passage, we came to the charming town of Santa Maria di Leuca, situated on the "heel". Had several instances of dolphins riding our bow wave, sometimes for long periods. I know most cruisers have experienced this, but it still excites me when it happens. Link to a video is here
On July 3rd we left Italy for Greece, specifically the island of Kerkyra, better known as Corfu. This is the crossing where we came across the sperm whales Vincent posted photos of, going in the company of five to seven Risso's dolphins. They stopped as we got nearer and just hung out for quite a while, being observed. We were all wondering if we
were the ones being observed by these intelligent animals, as it certainly seemed that way. As soon as we turned to get back on our trip, they continued theirs. Link to a video I shot of the whales is here