29th to 30th May La Ciotat to Calvi (or so we thou ght…)

Bali Hai
Neal Stow
Sat 30 May 2009 22:02

We were 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 Ajaccio and 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.