Corsica to Olbia
Corsica to Olbia
On Tuesday we managed to leave Bonifacio and sail across the Straits in quite a rough short sea to the Maddalena Islands. Although the sun was shining and we were sailing along very nicely we did not attempt to go into the marina at La Maddalena Island but made for the bay on the other side of Caprera and picked up a buoy. The full strength of the wind was blowing from the Straits straight into Maddalena Island. By late evening the wind had dropped and the next morning Geoff and Viv were out swimming before breakfast. There were only 3 of us this time in the bay which had been full the week before.
On Wednesday morning we sailed around to the marina at La Maddalena Island and tied up on the quay with the assistance of the very helpful marina staff. We shopped for lunch, read our books and went off in search of ice-cream late in the afternoon. The marina was not one of our favourite as it was very noisy with cars and motor bikes passing us day and night as we appeared to be on the main road into town. The location is fabulous for the town, shops and restaurants and for the local bus around the island.
After filling up the next morning with water we left for Olbia and stopped for coffee at Porto Cervo. The marina area was empty, the lovely boats were all gone for the season even the beautiful houses around the shore were all closed up and it appeared that Porto Cervo was now deserted. Many of the rich will now look to the Caribbean for the winter months and so the big boats will be moved over the next few weeks by their crew to warmer climates for the winter.
We arrived back in Olbia and tied up on the wall to await our new crew arriving on Sunday.
Geoff, Viv, Jim and I went out to dinner in Olbia on Thursday evening to a very nice Italian restaurant and enjoyed the best they could offer. The sea food buffet starter is the best we have ever seen!
Like all our friends going home it was sad to see Geoff and Viv go off on the airport bus and to wave to their plane on take off over the harbour.