South of Olbia

Rob and Jacky Black
Sun 5 Jul 2009 09:52
40 50.0N 09 41.5E
We left Maddalena on Sunday morning having had a super meal at a local pizza/cafe Garibaldi in ther main square. I had the best choice - the anti-pasta of seafood which turned out to be huge and as recommended by the waiter I did not need a pizza after it! Sunday saw us off to the south passing Porto Cervo and then out past the steep headland of Capo Figari, through the islands of Tavolara, Piana and Molara round the tip of Capo Coda Cavallo and into a delightful bay called Porto Brandinghi. Here we anchored swam, relaxed ate plenty and generally chilled after our sojurn in the bustle of Maddalena. It was an excellent anchorage.
Monday 29th June
Motored back to Isloa Tavolara where we anchored near to the small landing jetty in crystal clear water. Plenty of swimming as well as an explore ashore to walk along the beach - full of day trippers brought by local ferries.In the evening all was quiet apart from the few residents (there appeared to be some holiday apartments - about 4!) and several yachts anchored like us for the night. The following morning after a pre-breakfast swim we headed back to Olbia for Bert and Gerry's last night.
Tuesday 30th - we discovered a laundry  facility so Rob and I set off with the washing while B and G saught a taxi to get them to the airport in the morning. We also did a big supply shop at the local supermarket and Rob pushed the trolley back to the boat! later we had a wander round the city which was unremarkable really aprt from the odd 18th century building. We did however find a reasonable restaurant for a last meal which was very good. Bert and Gerry left at 0730 and the taxi did arrive on time much to their relief. We headed off to the laundry to get the washing, stopped on the way back to pick up some fresh bread and then we headed out of the port back to Isola Tavolara for lunch, swim and a snooze before our journey across to mainland Italy. We saw the easy jet plane cross overhead around 1015 so new our friends were on their way home.
We had a super time with them and hope they will come to see us again.