Santo Spirito

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Santo Spirito
41°9.95′N, 16°45.06′E Chart icon.png
Santo Spirito Harbour

The harbour of Santo Spirito lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy six miles NW of the port of Bari and eight miles SE of Molfetta. The harbour is small and relatively shallow, with depths inside from 1.5 - 4.0 metres, but is suitable in settled conditions for smaller, shallow draft yachts of up to 15.0 metres.


British Admiralty


During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • 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 covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Adriatic.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The harbour is somewhat inconspicuous and the breakwaters will only be identifiable when close in. The harbour is entered from NE to avoid the shallower waters inshore, but note that depths in the entrance are only 3.5 - 4.0 metres at best. Santo Spirito should not be entered with any onshore swell running. Once inside the harbour, beware of the rocky patch just awash on the W side of the harbour.


Inside the harbour there are several pontoons operated by different yacht and sailing clubs. A visiting yacht is most likely to find a berth at the pontoons of the Circolo Nautico Baia Blu at the S end of the harbour (behind the floating wavebreak pontoon), which have 120 places for vessels up to 13 metres with water and electricity (maximum depth 2.5 metres), or the three pontoons of the Circolo Nautico Costa del Sole extending from the western mole, which have 60 places for vessels of up to 15 metres with water and electricity (maximum depth 2.5 - 3.0 metres).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Circolo Nautico Baia Blu
  • Circolo Nautico Costa del Sole


Anchoring is forbidden in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Slipway. No repairs of any kind.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

No fuel station in the harbour. Nearest fuel 250 metres from port. Water and electricity on the club pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


Little of interest to see.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Provisions shops in the town.


Restaurants and pizzerias in the town.


Internet cafe in the town.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlet in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the pontoons.


  • Buses to Bari and other local destinations.
  • Local and international flights from Bari airport (9 kms).
  • Train connections from Bari to most major cities.


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


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


List links external to the wiki such as in Wikepedia.

References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 17:03, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

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