Summer 2018


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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



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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




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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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


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The Maddalena islands sit within a national park on Sardinia’s north east coast, just across the water from Corsica. A permit is required to visit and we hoped this fact might keep the number of boats down, now that we were ramping up towards the busy, high season months of […]

The Maddalena Archipelago


Golfo Aranci From Olbia our  first stop was just a few miles away in Golfo Aranci and what looked like would be a good anchorage for northerlies forecast for the next few days. Anchored in a spot off of the Lega Navale pontoon we had a short trip ashore and […]

Emerald on the Costa Smeralda