ChaliVentures in the Med

20 December 2016 | Alexandria, VA
06 September 2015 | Canton, Baltimore, MD-Anchorage Marina
11 July 2015 | Gibraltar
09 June 2015 | Cartagena, Spain
23 April 2015 | Cartagena & Granada Spain
20 August 2014 | Cartagena, Spain
14 July 2014 | Valencia, Spain
30 May 2014 | Port Roses, Spain
06 June 2013 | Arbitax, Sardinia
07 April 2013 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
22 September 2012 | Marina di Ragusa, Sicilia
12 August 2012 | Gaeta, Italy
17 June 2012 | Menton, France
13 May 2012 | Sanary sur Mer, France
01 April 2012 | Barcelona, Spain

ChaliGram 13-3: Sardinia, Corsica & Elba

15 July 2013
Dearest Family and Friends,

Since my last ChaliGram on June 6, we sailed up the East coast of the islands of Sardinia (Italy) and Corsica (France) and are now anchored in a lovely bay in the town of Marina di Campo on the south coast of the island of Elba, one of the Tuscan Islands near the Italian mainland.

We spent 2 weeks at different anchorages (which certainly helps with the harbour fees budget!); had to stay in some longer than desired because of ….. WEATHER! then we spent the next 2 weeks in marinas in Corsica. Now we're at anchor again. I'm always anxious to do one after doing the other. Change is good, right?

Last Monday, we bade farewell to our daughter Samantha and her boyfriend Brian, who came to visit us while we were in the town of Bastia, Corsica. We introduced Brian to sailing on a blissfully calm day with just the gentlest of breezes… but enough to move us! We also rented a car and explored the extraordinarily rugged and picturesque interior of Corsica as well as the north coast where Sam and Brian enjoyed a beach that wasn't TOO gravelly….. like the one near the Bastia marina! All in all, a very pleasant 4 days! On the social scene we also had a rendezvous in two different Sardinian harbors with our good buddies Albert & Ineke. Always FUN!

Before leaving French Corsica, we stocked up on our French Faves: Copa, pate de compagne, brie cheese and Casino brand Noir Menthe (mint dark chocolate bars) and Carte Noir coffee beans. Having a Géant Casino supermarket right across the street from the marina in Bastia was REALLY FABULOUS. We just love it when the essential things in life (food, laundromats) are conveniently located!!!

I'm also happy to report that we finally got to SAIL. Not motor, not motor-sail but pure quiet, blissful, peaceful sailing with all three sails up. Chuck had had our large genoa foresail cut back this year while in Sicily and had been VERY UNHAPPY with the results. But, in really light winds it works just great as long as the wind's not on our nose. Hoooray! In the meantime Chuck has ordered a REAL "Yankee" sail, which is being made in Hong Kong and will be delivered to us when we arrived in mainland France.

We've been enjoying really taking it easy here in lovely Marina di Campo. The anchorage is secure, and the town has pretty much everything we need….. however the bread leaves something to be desired…. 'specially after those yummy baguettes in Corsica! We are really just "chillin'" for the first time this season. The most ambitious thing we do is put the outboard motor on the dinghy and go into town. Yesterday, an Irish flagged Tayana 37 named "Nocturne" arrived and anchored right in front of us. They came over to chit chat. Lovely couple with a gorgeous siamese cat named Bailey. Wish I could remember Bailey's mom's name; his dad's name is James. For the cat lovers among you, you might be amused by following bailey's blog: Very cute. Zoey refused to make eye contact with Bailey. She hates admitting that she's really terrified of cats. Not pit bulls mind you, but cats are DEFINITELY the enemy! Not sure how long we're going to hang out here. We have about 3 weeks til we want to be in Menton, France to rendezvous with our friends from Luxembourg, Anna and Klaus (and pick up our new sail.)

We've made the decision. Finally. We ARE going to have ChaliVentures shipped to Germany in September so we can start exploring the Baltic starting in May 2014 for who knows how many years. Knowing that this really IS our last season cruising in the Mediterranean has us both a little wistful, but, it's time for some new adventures. So we'll do one last tour of our favorite French coastline and end up in Port Napoleon -- just west of Marseilles -- where ChaliVentures will have her mast taken down and where she'll be prepped for truck transport to the little town of Kropp in northern Germany where she'll spend the winter in a shed. All this means that we'll be back in the States more, and onboard ChaliVentures less starting in 2014 since the NICE sailing season is 3-4 months instead of 6 months in the Mediterranean. So, in all our free time right now, I find myself taking advantage of our great Italian internet access and reading about our destinations NEXT year, since this season's waters and destinations are all very familiar now. I guess I'm going to have to spend this winter learning German, at least!

oh well, back to researching. Hope you all are having a great Monday!

Love, Alison, Chuck and Zoey


Alison Spinney
Onboard ChaliVentures III in…. Elba, Italy
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Vessel Name: ChaliVentures III
Vessel Make/Model: a 1987 Tashiba 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, Md
Crew: Captains Chuck and Alison Spinney (our precious crew mate of almost 18 years, Zoey the Jack Russell Terrier became an angel on Sept. 12, 2016) :-(
Retired in 2003 at the lofty young ages of 58 and 51 from US DOD and IBM in Washington, DC; Explored the east coast of the USA from Maine to Florida and the Bahamas and back to the Chesapeake from 2003-2004. In May-July of 2005 we crossed the Atlantic (St. [...]
2015 was our big transition year: After 10 years cruising and exploring almost every country in the Mediterranean, we decided to take advantage of a last minute Sevenstar Shipment from Gibraltar to Philadelphia. As such we are back in the USA during the summer for the first time in 10 years, and [...]
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ChaliVentures from the Mediterranean to the Chesapake Bay

Who: Captains Chuck and Alison Spinney (our precious crew mate of almost 18 years, Zoey the Jack Russell Terrier became an angel on Sept. 12, 2016) :-(
Port: Annapolis, Md