Italy


Here is the summary of our 2019 sailing season with a rundown of our route, followed by a cost review. This season was shorter than previous seasons. We bookended it with a month long stay in Monastir whilst we enjoyed some land travel. At the other end, we made an […]

Sailing Summary 2019





Or the “if only we had a Cruising Chute” passage. As we waited in Porto Istana, we began to make plans for continuing on to the south of France based on the resources we had available. What goes into a passage plan? Our starting point is the weather. We’re not […]

Just a Giglio



It’s been a while coming, but here is our summary of our summer cruise 2018. Including a pie chart! Where and How Far Full details of our journey can be found by scrolling through the 2018 routes and blogs here.  We departed Roccella Ionica in Calabria, Italy on the 5th May […]

Summer Summary 2018



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


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


Due to the birthday celebrations of the evening before and the possibility of feeling a little shabby, we’d planned on an easy day and a short trip to anchor off Capo San Vito for one night and to take Friday’s forecast north easterly winds across to Sardinia. But after a […]

Sailing to Sardinia – Our Best Passage in the Med?


Along the north coast of Sicily with stops at Sant’Agata di Militello, Cefalù, Termini Imerese and Mondello with a side visit to Sicliy’s capital, Palermo. We’ve seen far more than we expected to with settled winds giving us calm anchorages although it was colder and cloudier than we’d expected. It was a sociable […]

Along the North Coast of Sicily