Old 6th June 2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience with windsurfing in sicily. I'm plnning to go there this summer (july-august) and i read some good reports on Windlords and another italian website.
I was mainly thinking of surfing around messina, siracusa, catania and palermo, perhaps in Ragusa aswell. I'm no wave surfer but those spots, according to windlords are good practice areas for learning the beginnings of wave.

any info is welcome.
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Old 6th June 2007, 04:40 PM   #2
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Hallo Haiko,in summer time no waves chances down here!
Yes,if you're lucky you can have some nice strong wind day in the very south part of the isle and find some little wave as well but in summer,usually,everything but waves.
You can enjoy the typical hard chop/strong wind condition of Messina nearly EVERY DAY. We love sail racing in those days but the great part of the fleet sail around on free/.....
In Catania just Formula condition as well as Siracusa.
Ragusa can be kissed by thermic wind but flat water.
Palermo has 3/4 spots just close to the city.
Don't know your holiday idea but if sailing is your priority in that period Messina is the call .
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Old 7th June 2007, 01:39 PM   #3
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Cool, i have much more experience with racing etc. Once the wind hits 10 knots or over i'm good for the day. Sailrange = 4.7-7.6, will that be enough you think, for Messina at least?

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Old 7th June 2007, 04:25 PM   #4
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I love sailing racing stuff so,for me,no need to go smaller than 6,3 (even when over 30) . So 7,8 down to 5,8 should be fine. If you have planned to sail some freestyle or whatelse you'll discover that in that area many people sail with 5,0 . Keep your slalom and come to us,we'll let you know "sicilian" style!!
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Old 7th June 2007, 04:45 PM   #5
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The drool is hanging from my mouth already!
I'm curious about that sicilian style Haha!

grazie mille!

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Old 8th June 2007, 08:43 PM   #6
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Hey, I have one more question. See, when we went to italy 2 years ago we were windsurfing in the bay of Follonica and my dad was stopped because he wasn't wearing a lifevest. He was warned but he just put on his harness for the rest of the time and told us to do the same and we never got warned again (though i must admitt i never saw the coastguard pass by anymore eighter). Are lifevests obligatory in Sicily aswell? and if so, will something like a crashvest be good enough or does it have to an actual lifevest ... cuz i get a bit claustrophobic when i have to wear one, not with crashvests as they are a lot thinner....

Thanks for the input, i really appreciate it.

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Old 8th June 2007, 11:43 PM   #7
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hey crazy we're not in Garda lake !!! You know,we're M.A.F.I.A !!!!
Jusk kiddin'!
Never used lifejacket here but it could be requested.
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Old 9th June 2007, 12:14 AM   #8
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ok, that saves us about 300 euro's (we're 3 surfers)

Thanks a million!

anything special i should know? I've been to italy loads of times so i know a lot already, but you never know. I do know this, i'm gonne stack my stash of vino di Corvo when i'm there, best whine i've tasted so far. Combines with good winds, i ought to have a massssssive time.

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Old 9th June 2007, 02:21 PM   #9
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No particular things to know,just stay quiet,respect the spot,enjoy the holiday and,if you want be more than welcome,bring with you some nice girl to offer us as gift!!! After you'll be part of the crew!!!!
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