Nat & Guy's visit to Fertilia (Sardinia)
– 19th June 2006
We flew into Alghero in the evening and headed for
the boat in Fertilia. Chucked the bags below and went straight into town
to get some food in Il Peguro, one of the 2 restaurants in Fertilia. Had
a great meal and then chilled out back at the boat to discuss what we were
going to do over the weekend.
The next day the boys cleaned the topsides while Nat
& I checked out supplies. Once we had breakfast we took the Merc and
headed off into Alghero to do some provisioning and show Nat & Guy around
the town. Fridge still not working so while Nat & I went to the
supermarket for food Jon & Guy went in search of ice at the fish market.
Successful trip all round so when we got back to the boat we left our mooring
and sailed down to Porto Conte for the weekend. We dropped anchor just
Not for long mind you! I couldn’t sleep
with the sloshing of water in the bilge where the boiler was still
leaking. By the time Jon had got up to check it out the wind had picked
up big time and we started to drag the anchor towards the shore! All
hands on deck in various states of dress, Jon got the engine started and was
motoring away from the shore while Guy and I got the anchor up. Nat was
the ‘man in the middle’ calling out orders as the wind was so
strong we couldn’t hear each other from one end of the boat to the
other. Once out of immediate danger we gilled around for about half an
hour waiting for the winds to drop. Funny how we all suddenly had to use
the heads!!! The wind had gone from nothing to 37 knots in no time at
all. Within an hour the wind had disappeared so we again dropped the
anchor and collapsed into our beds. The rest of the night was uneventful
thankfully and we managed to get a good night’s sleep.
Imagine in all her
After breakfast the next morning we congratulated
ourselves on how we all worked together so well in getting out of danger.
We have all done a lot of sailing and racing together though so that definitely
helped. Our skipper was definitely the hero of the night!! No panic
or abusive shouting you sometimes come across when skippers are under
pressure/stress. Jon just calmly gave his orders on what we needed to do
and all was sorted without a hitch.
We later moved closer to the beach and Guy jumped
into the dinghy to go ashore for more provisions. We’d run out of
Rose! When he got back we all had a swim, had lunch and chilled for the
rest of the day. We later went ashore to the beach bar for drinks.
The boys oggled the topless Italian chicas
while Nat & I perused the strapping young Italian lads!!! We took the
dinghy back to the boat just before dark and prepared dinner. The wind
decided to flare up again in the night but thankfully it dropped within minutes
and we had no problems with the anchor dragging. Phew!
“Have they started lunch without
at the beach bar – heavenly!
“I’m clean” al fresco
Over breakfast on Sunday Jon & Guy discussed
tackling the boiler. We’d brought a new one over from the
Our last day in