Filicudi

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Filicudi
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The anchorage at Porto Filicudi

The island of Filicudi lies 10 miles W of Salina and eight miles E of Alicudi in the Aeolian Islands of Italy. It consists of an extinct volcano, Mt Fossa Felci, joined by a low isthmus to Capo Graziano, a rocky promontory at the SE end of the island. Populated since Neolithic times, today's 250-odd inhabitants survive from fishing and production of wine, capers, olive oil and vegetables, as well as some modest tourism. Most of the island is a nature reserve. On the SE side, at the island's main settlement of Porto Filicudi, is a jetty whose outer end is suitable for yachts to berth in settled weather and a reasonably sheltered anchorage in the prevailing NW winds.

Charts

British Admiralty
172 - Isole Eolie
Italian
915

Weather

The prevailing winds around the Aolian Islands during the summer tend to be from NW or NE, although in calm weather seabreezes can be encountered from any direction blowing onto and between the islands. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and careful forward planning is necessary as there are only two harbours which offer adequate shelter (and even then, not in strong southerlies). In winter, the gregale is a strong NE wind that can affect the whole of the island group and blow for several days.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation.
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily).

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

There are a number of rocks and shoals around the island and care needs to be taken in the approach. The island's ferry port of Porto Filicudi lies on the E side of the low isthmus connecting the main part of the island to Capo Graziano.


Berthing

Ports

There is a short jetty at Porto Filicudi, with depths of from 2.0 metres at the root to 8.0 metres at the end. Yachts can anchor moor along either side of the jetty wherever there is space, avoiding the section reserved for the hydrofoils and ferries. However, space here is often limited and you may need to anchor off, avoiding the numerous mooring buoys. Depths drop off quite quickly and you will be anchoring in 10.0 – 15.0 metres. Needless to say, the island should only be visited in settled weather.

Anchorages

The anchorage at Pecorini

Porto Filicudi

Anchor in 8.0 – 12.0 metres clear of the numerous mooring buoys. Holding is good in sand.

Pecorini a Mare

On the S side of the island. Anchor in 5.0 – 8.0 metres. Holding is good in sand. There is usually a swell here in all but a flat calm.

Yacht Services and Repairs

There are few facilities in the island for anything other than emergency repairs.  Pignataro Marina with a mobile crane (70 T) and basic engine and electrical repair services, is the best spot for yachts in difficulty

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel can be delivered if you are on the jetty (0800 – 20.00). Water and electricity available.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

There is only one paved road on the island, but numerous walking trails. One ambitious hike is up to the summit of Mt Fossa Felci to see the crater of the extinct volcano. Near Capo Graziano are the remains of a prehistoric village dating back to 1800 BC. By sea, one can visit the island's Grotta del Bue Marina (Cave of the Monk Seal). It was once a refuge for the rare Monk seal (now sadly little in evidence). The impressive rock of La Canna, a rock pinnacle about half a mile off the NW end of the island, is worth a visit.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Very limited.

Eateries

A couple of trattorias/hotels near the port.

Internet/WiFi

There is a good 3G mobile internet connection at the main anchorages. Wind, Vodafone Italia and TIM all provide a broadband signal.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

No.

Garbage Disposal

Better to take it with you.

Transportation

  • Inter-island ferries and hydrofoils
  • Onward ferries to Milazzo

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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