Category Archives: Sardinia

Passage to Gaeta, Italy

Photo: View of Marina in Gaeta, Italy. Credit: Lisa Borre.
View of Marina in Gaeta, Italy. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 10/6/08 – 10/7/09
Distance: 200 nm
Sailed from: Arbatax, Sardinia
Lat: 41°13’N
Long: 13°34’E

We arrived here after a relatively uneventful, but long overnight passage from Sardinia. We motored and motor-sailed the whole way and decided to bypass Ponza, one of a small volcanic island group known as the Pontine Islands, since we arrived there in the morning and had a beautiful day for the remaining 35 miles to the mainland. We found the marina in Gaeta full to capacity, but they found us a space next to the fuel dock for a night. We then made special arrangements to leave the boat for 12-days while we took our trip inland to Tuscany with Lisa’s family. Upon our return, they found space for us to winter-over here. We are very happy and relieved to be settled into such a pleasant place for the next few months.

See our Logbook and Photo Albums for Wintering-over in Gaeta, Italy (2008-2009).

Arbatax, Sardinia

Photo: Arbatax marina, Sardinia, Italy. Credit: Lisa Borre.
A windy, choppy day in the Arbatax marina. Gyatso is berthed inside of the boat on the right. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 10/2/08 – 10/6/08
Distance: 32 nm
Sailed from: Porto Corallo
Lat: 39°57’N
Long: 09°42’E

We had hoped to sail across the Tyrrhenian Sea to mainland Italy on Friday 10/3, but decided to wait for a cold front and associated high winds to pass first. The weather should clear by Sunday.

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Porto Corallo, Sardinia

Photo: Shades of blue and green water on the coast of Sardinia. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Some of the many beautiful shades of blue reflected in the water on the coast of Sardinia. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 10/1/08 – 10/2/08
Distance: 48 nm
Sailed from: Cagliari
Lat: 39°26’N
Long: 09°38’E

Nothing of note here as this was just an overnight stop for us.  The purpose-built marina was almost empty, and we had an unhelpful dock-hand while securing the boat for the night.  Luckily, no damage was done, and we left early the next day.  The east coast of Sardinia is very rugged, remote and beautiful.  We enjoyed the views and a pleasant sail, although it was the second day in a row where we experienced a sudden wind shift late in the afternoon.

Cagliari, Sardinia

Photo: Terracotta funeral urns at the Phoenician necropolis at Sant Antioco. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Terracotta funeral urns at the Phoenician necropolis at Sant Antioco. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 09/27/08 – 10/1/08
Distance: 16 nm
Sailed from: Pula
Lat: 39°12’N
Long: 09°07’E

A big city and busy port with everything a cruising sailor needs, that is if you like big cities and busy ports. Cagliari is also very old and historic with lots of charm, and although we found the marina facilities adequate, they certainly lacked the polished appearance of some of the fancier places we had been in Portugal and Spain. Everyone was helpful and friendly, and we managed to stretch our legs quite a bit on the long walks into the city center.

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Pula, Sardinia

Photo: Roman and Phoenician ruins at Nora in Sardinia. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Roman and Phoenician ruins at Nora in Sardinia. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 09/26/08 – 9/27/08
Distance: 48 nm
Sailed from: Carloforte
Lat: 38°59’N
Long: 09°00’E

A beautiful day to sail around the south end of Sardinia, some of the time in the company of a Swedish-owned yacht with the owner and three crew aboard on their way to Malta. In very settled conditions, we anchored at sunset for one night in shallow water in the small bay which has been used since Phoenician times and is the site of Nora, an important Phoenician-Roman archeological site.

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Carloforte, Sardinia, Italy (2008)

Photo: Carloforte, Sardinia. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Looking toward Carloforte, Sardinia, from the floating dock where we tied up. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Dates: 09/23/08 – 9/26/08
Distance: 197 nm
Sailed from: Mahon, Menorca (Spain)
Lat: 39°09’N
Long: 08°19’E

We arrived in Sardinia after a rougher than expected crossing from Menorca and had no problem making a night entry just after sunset.  We followed a ferry into the harbor and tied up alongside a floating dock recommended by friends on s/v Onyx which turned out to be part of Marina Sifredi.  With no one around after hours, we checked-in the following day.  Carloforte is a wonderful, small town on Isla San Pietro, connected to Sardinia by ferry.  Like many small islands we visit, the pace of life is slower here and the people are more relaxed than on the mainland.  The locals are very friendly and eager to chat with sailors arriving by sea.  We struggled a bit to make the transition from hearing and speaking Spanish to Italian, but luckily the marina staff spoke English to help smooth the way.

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