scheduled to leave for Calvi in northern Corsica on Thursday but because the
rigging nuts did not arrive from Denmark until
late in the afternoon we decided to delay our departure until the following
day. Unfortunately, it was forecast
to be very windy along the north coast of Corsica that night and so we changed
our plan and sailed to Ajaccio on the west coast instead.
Once we left La
Ciotat and negotiated our way past what Ardva thought was a log but turned out
to be a turtle, the rest of the journey was quite uneventful. A bit of sailing during the day followed
by rather a lot of motoring at night, we arrived in Ajaccio to experience our
first true Mediterranean mooring, involving dropping the anchor and reversing on
to the quay.
Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon, turned out to be a very nice
place. The afternoon after we
arrived we spent on a beach overlooked by a citadel, watching classic yachts
racing in the bay. It was to be a
crew changeover place, and was quite convenient for Pete and Tina who flew in to
thought that they had to make their way to Calvi. Not so convenient for Ed and Ardva
though, as they had to get up to Bastia to catch their flights, which proved to
be quite a challenge.