Procida

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Procida
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The island of Procida lies just under two miles off Capo Miseno at the western end of the Bay of Naples on the mainland coast of Italy, between the mainland and the much larger island of Ischia. During the Roman era, the island was a popular country retreat for the Roman aristocracy; it was reputedly on Procida that Brutus and Cassius hatched the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar. Its strategic position at the gateway to the Bay of Naples has endowed it with a series of fortifications dating from the mediaeval period right up to the Napoleonic Wars. Today the island’s main industry is tourism, and its narrow roads are clogged with traffic during the July and August holiday periods. For visiting yachts there are three mooring possibilities: the marina of Marina di Procida, the harbour of Chiaiolella and the crowded anchorage of Corricella. In settled weather, a yacht can also anchor in the bay S of the tiny adjoining island of Vivara, which is joined to Procida by a pedestrian footbridge.

Charts

British Admiralty
1908
908
Italian
914
10
129
82

Weather

Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW sea breeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Often in the Bay of Naples a flat calm can prevail for several days. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea in the Bay. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information

  • There is a continuous (computerized 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 La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)

Passages

See Mediterranean.

Islands

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The island is relatively low-lying and tends to be dwarfed from a distance by its much larger neighbour, Ischia, two miles W of Procida, and the bulk of Monte Procida (confusingly on the mainland two miles NNE of the island). Approaches to the island’s marinas and anchorages are straightforward, although two isolated reefs, the Formiche di Vivara between Ischia and Procida and the Secca del Torrione between Procida and the mainland, need to be avoided. The first is marked with a W cardinal marker, the second with a S cardinal marker.

Berthing

Ports

Chiaiolella

Chiaiolella/wiki/Procida#Chiaiolella
Harbour icon Chiaiolella [[Procida#Chiaiolella|Chiaiolella]] 40°44.875'N, 014°00.364'E

Chaioella is a small, practically land-locked natural harbour on the southern coast of the island. Lying immedediately E of the bridge joining the islet of Vivara to Procida, the harbour is overlooked on the W side by a small square defensive tower. Closer in, the small bay is enclosed by breakwaters extending from either side. Once inside the breakwaters, shelter is good (although a heavy swell can make entry tricky in strong southerlies). There are several pontoons in the harbour, all managed by different concessions. The pontoons provide a total of 300 berths on laid moorings for vessels up to 45 metres. Depths at the pontoons range from 2.0 to just under 6.0 metres. Yachting Santa Margherita manages the largest number of berths on the large T-shaped pontoon to port on entering the harbour. Facilities include: fuel station (0800 - 2000); water and electricity; toilets and showers; slipway; mobile crane (70 T); engine, mechanical and electrical repairs; divers.

info@yachtingsantamargherita.com; Tel: +39 (081) 896 8074; Fax: +39 (081) 89 6804; VHF channel 09
Corricella on Procida

Corricella

Corricella/wiki/Procida#Corricella
Harbour icon Corricella [[Procida#Corricella|Corricella]] 40°45.649'N, 014°01.871'E
Corricella is a small and very picuresque harbour near the NE tip of the island, due S of the Marina di Procida. Yachts are discouraged from entering, as the harbour is primarily reserved for fishing boats, although entry is permitted to smaller yachts for shelter when very strong northerlies make it dangerous to enter Marina di Procida. The harbour is entered through the channel either side of the central detached breakwater. Depths in the harbour are only 2.0 - 3.0 metres, so shelter here is only suitable for small or shallow-draught vessels. The harbour is full of moorings, so a yacht sheltering here will probably need to pick up a vacant mooring or in extremis anchor and take a line back to the breakwater. Note: depths shallow to less than a metre towards the W end of the harbour.

Marinas & Yacht Club

Marina di Procida

Marina di Procida/wiki/Procida#.5B.5BMarina_di_Procida.5D.5D
Marina di Procida is a new marina constructed on the N coast of the island, facing the mainland coast of Italy across the Canale di Procida.

Anchorages

Punta Della Palombara

Punta Della Palombara/wiki/Procida#Punta_Della_Palombara
Anchorage icon Punta Della Palombara [[Procida#Punta Della Palombara|Punta Della Palombara]] (Alernate name if any) 40°44.721'N, 013°59.837'E
In settled weather, the almost circular bay on the E side of the islet of Vivara, S of the pedestrian footbridge, is a pleasant anchorage. Anchor in 5.0 - 8.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and weed. With any winds blowing, a swell creeps into the anchorage; with southerlies, it is not a place to be.

Amenities

Facilities
Water At Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella
Electricity At Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella}
Toilets At Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella
Showers At Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella
Laundry ?
Garbage Bins in Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella harbour
Supplies
Fuel At Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Services
Repairs Repairs at Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Good provisions shops near Marina di Procida and in Chiaiolella.

Eating out

Numerous restaurants in Marina di Procida and Chiaiolella.

Transportation


Tourism

The island is small enough to walk around in little more than four hours. An even better way to see it is via cycle hire from Procida or Chiaiolella. The fishing harbour of Corricella is not particularly yacht-friendly but is a delightful place to visit and much-photographed. The Abbazia San Michele Arcangelo (Abbey of St Michael), perched on a promontory around a kilometer SSE of the Marina di Procida, is worth a visit for its church, small museum and catacombs. For nature lovers, an early morning visit to the islet of Vivara (last entry 10.00), accessed by a footbridge, enables you to observe some of the varied bird life on the nature reserve here.

The footbridge over to Vivara

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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