2015-06-28 Porto Empedocle to Sciacca, Sicily

We depart Porto Empedocle after a busy but enjoyablel 24 hours in the port
We depart Porto Empedocle after a busy but enjoyable 24 hours in the port
Goodbye to the friendly fishermen
Goodbye to the friendly fishermen

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Some refugee boats inside the entrance to the port
Some refugee boats inside the entrance to the port

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As we motor west along the coast we again see the  amazing white limestone cliffs of Scala Dei Turchi
As we motor west along the coast we again see the amazing white limestone cliffs of Scala Dei Turchi
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The small beach side town by Scala Dei Turchi
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The hillside is very barren along this part of the coast

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We stop for a few hours to relax and have a swim before going into port
We stop for a few hours to relax and have a swim before going into port

Our next port of call along the southern coast of Sicily is Sciacca
Our next port of call along the southern coast of Sicily is Sciacca
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The port entrance of  the pretty town of Sciacca
We radio in to secure a berth in the Marina Cale Del Sole
We radio in to secure a berth in the Marina Cale Del Sole

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During the late afternoon there are many small boats crowding into the small bay nearby in the port
During the late afternoon there are many small boats crowding into the small bay nearby our boat in the port
Even people of jetskis arrive too
Even people on jet skis arrive too
By 5.30 in the afternoon there seemed to be a huge flotilla of boats in the bay
By 5.30 in the afternoon there seemed to be a huge flotilla of boats in the bay
We discover it is festival time this weekend, where the patron saint of the water is honored
We discover it is festival time this weekend, where the patron saint of the water is honored
A slippery pole competition is prepared where the pole is expertly greased
A slippery pole competition is being prepared where the pole is expertly greased by the local fishermen
The crowds line the foreshore of the bay in the port
The local crowds line the foreshore of the bay in the port to view the competition
Many entrants to the heats of the difficult competition today only managed to get halfway along the pole before falling in the water
Many entrants to the heats of the difficult slippery pole competition today only managed to get halfway along the pole before falling into the water

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