“SRV Pono” put on some miles 2017. Leaving South France at the end of September we made a 750-mile dash to Malta to attend the “Our Oceans Conference”. Dash is descriptive of the trip. With our equipment delayed by French Customs and damaged by FedEx we were a week behind schedule and had to keep up a pace to ensure on time arrival. Nevertheless, we had wonderful dawn and dusk light shows, Sperm whales and Dolphins blessed our path and we had a hitchhiking sparrow south of Sardinia. The wind rarely cooperated on this course but we’ve been sailing long enough to count our blessings too.
Our timing was further questioned when arrival coincided with what the locals called the worst weather in a generation, made interesting by dirty fuel issues that kept our engines from providing peace of mind while riding out a gale for 3 days on a mooring in a crowded harbor.
The day of the conference “Pono” was warmly received in pouring rain at Portomaso Marina, under the shadow of the Hilton Tower. This marina was spotless and the service was amazing. David and Kenneth are a father son team that provide family attention to customers.