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.

The marina here is very good with a convenient laundry and small market for us to busy ourselves with rainy day activities. The price is right, too, at 12 euros a day, it is one of the least expensive marinas we have found since leaving Lagos, Portugal last March. As of the first of October, it is a relief to be in the low season now in terms of rates, and as we have found, the price has nothing to do with the services offered. The staff are some of the friendliest, the showers are the cleanest, and the harbor one of the most protected we have found.  There are several others here, both Germans and Brits, preparing their boats for winter storage. The purpose-built marina and commercial harbor is surrounded by rugged mountains and beautiful coastline, but the town is small and isolated. A ferry runs twice a week to the mainland, and Tortoli, a slightly larger town with nice shops and cafes, is a short bus ride away.  It looks like a good place to store a boat for the winter, but not what we are looking for as a place to spend the winter afloat. We’ll continue on to the mainland in hopes of finding the right place. Lisa’s family arrives in Italy next week for a one-week stay at a villa in Tuscany. We’re planning to get the boat settled in somewhere before going to Florence to meet-up with them.