Emerald is a 1979 Kelly Peterson cutter, our home as we wander slowly around the watery world. This blog provides a place for us to document our travels and the work we do to upgrade and keep her maintained. We hope you enjoy it. To be kept up to date with the […]



15th September: It was decision time…. Sardinia east coast or west coast…. When we’d been stuck on the windy day in Cala Taura, we made a ‘back-of-a-fag-packet’ plan to get us to Sicily. My preference was for the west coast as this was new cruising ground for us and a […]

West Sardinia – Prisons, Donkeys and The Wind Gives Us ...


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If north Corsica had been amazing, the west coast was even better and given that I’m writing this several months later from our winter berth, I can confidently say it was my favourite area of this year’s summer cruise.  Clear, electric blue water, abundant sea life, walks, dramatic scenery and […]

West Corsica – Fish, Mountains and a Mistral


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We crossed from Portoferraio on a flat calm day, the sky washed clean by the previous days’ rain meant we really could see for miles and miles; way up the Italian coast and as soon as we left the harbour on Elba we could see our destination. Corsica met my […]

North Corsica – Wonderfully Wild With a Soupçon of Rolliness



Post via ssb Crossing from Sardinia (Calaforte) to Sicily (Winter Quarters- change of plan!!) Departure date Sunday 30th September, 2018 at noon. Eta 9am Wednesday 3rd October 2018 Tuesday 2nd October Noon Current Position: 37 33.61 N 12 32.78 E Speed: 5.1 knots Course: 119 deg Noon to Noon run […]

Position Report- High Seas


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Post via ssb Crossing from Sardinia (Calaforte) to Sicily (Mazara) Departure date Sunday 30th September, 2018 at noon. Monday 1st October Noon Current Position: 38 20.76 N 10 23.46 E Speed: 5.6 knots Course: 111 deg noon to noon run 115nm (not bad for an old girl in these conditions) […]

Position Report- High Seas


Test Post via ssb to check comms for crossing from Sardinia (Calaforte) to Sicily (Trapani) Scheduled departure date Sunday 30th September, 2018 at noon. Current Position: 33 06.02 N 08 18.21 E Speed: 0.0 knots Course: Anchored All well on board. BBq planned for this evening. Hoping for a reasonable […]

Position Report- High Seas



Looking over Portoferraio harbour
Run Away From the Wind 20th August: With a strong mistral forecast in a few days time we were running away from our furthest point north on Italy’s mainland, back to Elba. It wasn’t really what I wanted to be doing, preferably we’d be doing an overnight to north Corsica […]

Running Away to Elba


Looking down to Vernazza
12th August 2018 – It was another motor north from Pisa to Le Grazie. The previous day’s wind had left a swell at the entrance to the river Arno, but we still had plenty of water under us. Heading out to deeper water, the swell dropped down and eased throughout […]

Liguria – The Coast of Pastel Houses


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With some southerly winds forecast, it seemed the ideal opportunity to head on up the Italian mainland for a spot of touristing in Pisa. Baratti We didn’t fancy an overnighter to get to Pisa, so chose to do a couple of day hops. In hindsight, the overnight would have been […]

Tourists in Tuscany



Fishing boats at Portoferraio
Our visit to the Italian island of Elba, or Napoleon was ‘ere part II. We were pleasantly surprised by Elba and spent more time than expected there. There was plenty to see and do on land with beautiful scenery, well marked walking trails, history, musical entertainment and an interesting cable […]

The Island of Elba


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Having sat out some strong winds, we decided the Porto Vecchio anchorage was safe enough to leave Emerald to make a few day trips inland. For that we really needed a car. Public transport is available between the larger towns, but it isn’t very frequent nor does it go to […]

Hiking and Sliding Through the Corsican Countryside


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Off to Corsica We left the Maddalena islands on a sunny morning for the short trip across to Corsica. The often feisty winds of the Bonafaccio Straits were having a rest day and the most we saw was 6 kts. It was one of those ‘nothing to see here days’ […]

South East Corsica