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Sardinia and Corsica

June 20, 2019

We left Marina di Stabia on May 30 equipped with our spanking new mainsail and headed to the charming little island of Procida.  Colorful houses clung to the side of the mountain above a small harbor filled with fishing boats and docks stacked with fishing nets.  The views from the overlooking fort were spectacular.  While having lunch at the harbour, Brian caught a pigeon that was tangled in fishing line and set it free.  Procida is just what you’d expect an Italian fishing village to look like.

We made a couple more stops heading north along the mainland coast before making an overnight run to Emerald Coast of Sardinia, catching a tuna along the way.  Back in the 60’s the Aga Khan invested a billion dollars to make this a playground for the rich and famous and it seems to have paid off. The coast is adorned with lavish villas and the marinas and bays are filled with mega-yachts. We anchored next to ‘Dilbar’, the fourth largest yacht in the world at a cost of $800M.  The island has beautiful sand beaches and we were disappointed to learn that dinghies are not allowed on them.  Sardinia was in the midst of a locust outbreak that was devastating inland fields but we only saw a single critter.

We made the short hop across the channel to the French island of Corsica with its white cliffs along the southern coast and alpine mountains in the north.  The winds had filled in from the south and we scooted up the west coast. We were in a gale with only a heavily reefed head sail doing 9 knots while bundled in our jackets when suddenly the temperature jumped to over 100 degrees F; just like someone opened an oven door and just as fast. We latter learned that Corsica was experiencing a heatwave that was affecting weather throughout Europe.  By the next day we were back in our jackets.  Summer is coming late to Europe.

Both Sardinia and Corsica were extremely hazy due to dust storms in the Sahara Desert.  Once again, our boat was covered in dust which turned to mud with the morning dew.  With all the dust covering Europe it’s amazing there is any Sahara left.

We rounded the notoriously windy Cap Corse at the north end of Corsica early one morning in calm conditions then set sail for Elba where we found our friends on Champagne who we had met while wintering in Tunisia.  The first order of business was to continue the “Farkel” tournament that was suspended when we left Monastir.  Unfortunately, the contest finished in a tie and we will have to plan another rendezvous further down the line.

We are working our way north to La Spezia, Italy, where we plan to get some work done before our friends Mike & Jan join us from the States.

Procida and Gaeta






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