Although it’s the biggest port of the Strait of Messina (the strait that separates Italy from Sicily), Reggio di Calabria can seem to the regular Yacht Charter tourist a little bit rundown. This is because little improvement has been done ever since an earthquake back in 1980 messed up the town’s overall appearance.
Regardless, Reggio the Calabria is quite a busy harbor and apart from all the private Yacht Charter boats, there are numerous ferries making back and forth runs to Sicily. Maybe that why, the waterfront seems to be one of the more active parts of the city.
The marina is situated right along the coast, the only thing protecting it from the open sea currents is a long, wide breakwater that sits parallel to the shore, leaving a wide opening to the north where Yacht Charter yachts and ferries can enter the harbor.
The approach to the harbor is made difficult by strong currents running up and down the strait. Interestingly, enough, the ancients believed these currents were caused by the mythological monsters of Scylla and Charybdis, each sitting at either side of the strait. A Yacht Charter captain should first check the tide tables for this region before attempting to sail here. Another thing worth mentioning is that when coming from the south, care should be taken to avoid the fishing lines with floats which the locals deploy and which are pretty hard to spot during a night approach.
Ferries too can cause a Yacht Charter skipper and his boat problems since they cause a serious wake and swell which sometimes can enter the harbor, so make sure the boat is secured tight and that it has good fenders.
Moorings: 100 slips
Draft max : 7.00 meters
Length max : 12.00 meters
Bar / Restaurant
Electricity Type: 220V
VHF channel 16 - 11 (servizio continuo)