Easter trip to Fertilia (Sardinia)
6th – 9th April 2006
As both Imagine and Night Owl (Dave’s boat)
are in Fertilia at the moment it was decided that it would be good to do a road
trip to get a load of sailing gear down to them. We loaded the
Dave’s trouper up to the gunnels with sails, anchors, loads of anti-foul
(for us and the other boaties as very expensive to buy in
OK, so Jon & Dave are in the front. Where do I sit???? Time for a beer to think this through………
We boarded the ferry at
We certainly needed this stop on route!!!!
We finally docked at 11.45 on Sunday the 9th
in Porto Torres (
It was good to be back and to catch up with our pals and to start getting things sorted out on the boat. We also heard that we had some new arrivals. One of the dogs has had puppies while we’ve been away. 5 we think. So Cute.
Here’s Mum on a biscuit hunt. “Oh, the kids are calling?” “Hurry up Mum, we’re very hungry!”
10th – 16th April 2006
Fertilia is very busy compared to usual, probably due to the local elections going on the day before plus we are coming up to Easter. Jon has refitted the Garmin and it’s now working! Also sorted the downhaul, cleaned the teak in the cockpit and fitted the spinnaker pole amongst other things. Had a great BBQ on the beach with the other yachties on Thursday (13th) Drank far too much Limoncello!!!
We went for a couple of sails up to Porte Conte (just around the corner) to check out our new cruising chute. Works fabulously and we have the luxury of a snuffer. Never used one before. It’s gonna be great for 2 handed cruising.
Our scrummy new cruising chute.
17th – 22nd April 2006
Peter Benton arrived on the evening of Easter Monday for a weeks stay on Imagine. We decided to do a mini cruise to Bosa, a 78 nm round trip south of Fertilia so after a day of settling in and provisioning we set off on the 19th April at 11am. It was a great sail with light winds and needless to say the cruising chute went up straight away. Any excuse to play with our new toy! We arrived around 16.30 and moored up against the quay. Bit rolly. Went for a wander into the town for a beer but couldn’t find a restaurant so decided to eat on board. Once back a the boat we decided to anchor in the bay as far to uncomfortable on the quay and not doing our fenders any good. Much better. Peter is looking very pink!!
The Skipper in control….. ….and the crew? Alternative entrance to Bosa! Gave it a miss!
We left the next morning expecting a beat back but the wind was in our favour and after one tack we had a great sail back with 17 knots of wind. Rather than going straight back to Fertilia we carried on up to Porto Conte. Dropped the anchor at around 18.00 and attacked the sundowners. Blissful.
Moored alongside the quay in Bosa The Entertainer! More elbow grease lads!
The next day we just chilled at anchor. We gave Peter a haircut which came out ok I think!! Did a bit of boat cleaning and stopped for lunch with a cool beer. Very hot now. Finally headed back to Fertilia late afternoon. Peter very kindly took us all out to dinner that evening as a thank you for the trip. Our pleasure. We had great fun.
After dropping Peter off at the Airport we went over to see Anna & Tim on Cougar for a drink and some homemade Minestrone Soup. We heard music coming from the town so wandered over to see what was happening. All finished by the time we got there but seems to be a warm up for a 2 day festival on the 24th & 25th. We think it’s to celebrate their National day???
23rd – 27th April 2006
Only 4 days left before we have to go back to the
Jon, Kyle, Sam and Dave in Fertilia Alghero Our dinghy including visitor.
Last jobs accomplished before going home – solar panel fitted and bilge measured for flexi-water tank. Our boiler is now on the blink, corroded and leaking. That’ll be a job for next time we come out!!!
We had one more social event the day before we left
with a drinks party at lunchtime and later a surprise meal in Alghero for