Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
80Trip End May 31, 2014
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SARDINIA AND CORSICA...PORT HOPPING
After a wonderful nine days back in the UK seeing my family and having my timeshare week at Langdale in the Lake District, I packed my bags and drove back to Gatwick for my flight to Rome stopping overnight once again at my son's and having a last chance to cuddle my new granddaughter. Fortunately for me the bad weather had hit the airports on the Friday and by Saturday morning, though delayed, I was heading back to Steve and Dunikolu now berthed at Olbia in Sardinia.
My bags were so heavy that by the time I had dragged and carried close on 40kg around with me through Gatwick, Rome airport, the train station and the ferry ports I was totally exhausted and my case had broken under the strain
So I was back on board by Sunday morning and spent that day sleeping on and off to recover. The weather in the Med was not too good and we had torrential rain and winds gusting at 28knots in the marina before leaving Olbia on Wednesday when an expected weather window opened for us to move north to Corsica.
We passed through the archipelago stopping one night at Palau on our way and reached the mountainous island of Corsica next day at 4pm. Our anchorage for the night was in a sheltered bay next to Porto Vecchio. The following morning the wind had increased but it seemed ok so we set out for Solenzara16nm away. No sooner had we left the bay the wind increased to 25kn and the sea was full of white horses. The wind was dead ahead so that meant we had to beat to windward (sailing at an angle to the wind) to sail so we kept the engine running, put one reef in the main and prepared to do battle
After our one night at Solenzara for free (no-one there as usual), we set off early for Porto de Taverna 32nm away and again we had to beat to windward. By now we are old hands at this so off we go and prepare for a long haul. Under normal conditions you would average 5knots an hour so 10 hours later we arrived at the marina as the sun went down and had a very cold last leg to get into shelter. The office was closed but the guard came along later and took 21€ off us. I actually felt colder than I did back in the UK. The Corsican coastline was stunning with the snow-capped mountains and the lowlands green and unspoilt.