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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Refit & Repairs to Sails and Rigging

Photo: Gyatso under sail during our Atlantic Crossing on the leg from Antigua to Bermuda. Photo courtesy of s/y Bobo.
Gyatso under sail during our Atlantic Crossing on the leg from Antigua to Bermuda. Photo courtesy of s/y Bobo.

Sails

We used the 20-year old head sails for a year while we were getting to know our 1985 Tayana 37 cutter which helped us work with a sailmaker to get exactly what we wanted when the time came for this item to rise to the top of the list.  It did in 2006 while we were in Annapolis, and after shopping around, we selected the UK Halsey loft for the job, mainly because of our respect for Scott Allan there.  We were very pleased with the sails.

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Adventures while cruising to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Black Seas in a Tayana 37 sailboat

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