7th to 8th Anse de Cannella to Marina di Campo then on to Portoferraio (Greg makes a salad)

Bali Hai
Neal Stow
Wed 8 Jul 2009 22:00
The trip to Elba was 67 miles and with a forecast of Force 4 southerlies it promised to be a great sail. Unfortunately the forecast again let us down and we ended up having to motor almost the whole way.  The highlight of the trip turned out to be a remarkable salad nicoise that Greg made for lunch.
We ended up at Marina di Campo, a bay on the south of the island with a beautiful white sandy beach.  It is Elba's main tourist town but the old fishing village still maintains much of its charm.  We anchored in the bay and in the evening took the dinghy to the shore for cocktails and a very nice meal.
That night the wind got up.  We had seen that there were gales in the Ligurian sea to the north and assumed that this was just the edge.  However the wind did not seem that strong and was forecast to die down later in the day, so at lunchtime we decided to head round to the north of the island and anchor within a short distance of the capital Portoferraio - in anticipation of the arrival of Mark and Stacy on 9th. 
Shortly after leaving the shelter of Golfe di Campo we realised that we may have been a bit premature.  The wind was not too bad at first but the sea was pretty rough with white horses everywhere.  As we rounded the west coast of Elba and started along the north coast the wind rose to 26+ knots and the sea was very steep with white horses everywhere.  Eventually we arrived at the bay we had hoped to anchor in.  Once in the bay, Ben had another spell on the helm, managing to stay on his feet and helm with ease despite the rough conditions.  But, as we came close to the coast it was obvious that there was no way we could try and stay there for the night and so made the decision to carry on to Portoferraio.
Portoferraio is a picture perfect town in a well sheltered bay.  After the very rolly trip it was a relief to drop the anchor in calm water and relax.