The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

14 May 2017 | Marina di Arbatax (position: 39 56.275'N 09 42.203'E)
13 May 2017 | Villasimius marina (position: 39 07.155’N 09 30.350’E)
12 May 2017 | Villasimius marina (position: 39 07.155’N 09 30.350’E)
11 May 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
08 May 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
01 May 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
29 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
27 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
26 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
24 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
20 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
15 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
02 April 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
22 February 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
16 February 2017 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari
26 January 2017 | Gloucestershire
19 December 2016 | Gloucestershire
15 December 2016 | Gloucestershire
15 December 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)

Sardinia, Villasimius to Arbatax Log

14 May 2017 | Marina di Arbatax (position: 39 56.275'N 09 42.203'E)
Bruce & Caroline
approaching the small village of Arbatax

With a predicted afternoon wind of SE 10-15 knots we should have had the perfect sail to take us around Capo Carbonara and up along the east coast of Sardinia. What we actually had was a whisper of wind as it continuously teased us with the promise of something decent. We considered an overnight stop at Porto Corallo, located roughly midway between Villasimius and Arbatax but with the same weather forecast predicted for the next 24 hours it was likely that we'd end up motoring anyway so we continue onwards to Arbatax instead. It was a little frustrating having to motor the 57 miles but our saving grace was taking in the enormous unbroken chain of impassable mountains that rise steeply from the sea and sighting at least 12 watchtowers. Bruce had a go at mackerel fishing which looked promising when the paravein popped up three times over the duration but atlas all came to nothing. We also spotted three small pods of dolphins but they didn't approach Flirtie, despite us calling out to them.

Total distance this season: 78.6 nautical miles

Villasimius & Capo Carbonara marine reserve

13 May 2017 | Villasimius marina (position: 39 07.155’N 09 30.350’E)
Bruce & Caroline
Villasimius is a small holiday resort set in stunning surroundings of the Capo Carbonara marine reserve. The marina is modern, organised with a travel lift, a bar, restaurant, small chandlers, ATM and pharmacy but at €45 a night we felt it slightly expensive especially given the time of year... we wonder what the charge is in high season!


watchtower in the distance

A walk to the watchtower was the plan. We headed off on a dirt track across the road from the marina that initially took us past a lagoon before it opened up to a wide bay with turqoise blue sea and white sand with a couple of cafe/bars located right at the water's edge where we stopped briefly for refreshments.


view from the cafe/bar

Resuming our walk from the beach, we must have taken a wrong turn as we found ourselves walking through a narrow path that was far more suitable for wild boar than adults. With every foot the coarse bushes closed in on us, resulting in us bending and crouching for a while before finally opening out to expose the 'actual path' that took us up to the Torre di Porto Giunco.

From the vantage point, 'the captain' took a few minutes to observe the islands in the distance that we'd be sailing through tomorrow, barely half mile wide but navigable.


looking out to the islands and rocky outcrops

Our return journey took us down to Cava Usai where we found an abandoned granite quarry. Granite from this site was used to construct some of the buildings in Cagliari. Thousands of boulders varying in size covered the beach. In the past visitors have piled the granite boulders on top of one another to make a kind of 'moonscape' however there were only two 'sculptures' standing so we added a third.... we wonder how many will be there by the end of 2017.


our sculpture, located in GPS position 39.10.68'N 09.51.92'E ;-)


End of 2016 moonscape sculptures, courtesy of Sue and Andy off 'Psittakos'

Sardinia, Cagliari to Villasimius Log

12 May 2017 | Villasimius marina (position: 39 07.155’N 09 30.350’E)
Bruce & Caroline
With a clean hull, props, shafts and last minute engine checks complete we, "the Flirties" have finally left the marina. :-)

Having spent all winter here we've got to know quite a few of the locals and frequent visitors alike so our departure wasn't a quick one as we bid farewell to everyone. An hour later we finally left the murky waters of the harbour behind.

Once clear of the breakwater, it wasn't long before the sails were unfurled and we began to sit back and enjoy our first gentle sail of the season. Regrettably it was shorted lived and we ended up motoring at least half of the journey.

With Villasimius only 20 nautical miles south east of Cagliari it didn't take long before we arrived at the anchorage offering excellent views with crystal clear water and a very sandy seabed. There were two other yachts at anchor, a French yacht and our friends off catamaran 'Splice' (who were just testing out their water maker before relocating into the marina). We dropped our anchor between them both, in 6m and started to settle in for the evening. Within an hour the wind was blowing straight into the anchorage putting us on a 'lee shore' (blowing us towards the land). Initially we weren't concerned as we have become accustomed to the short bursts of wind that sometimes occur just before the sun sets however this wasn't abating but instead it was increasing, sending short waves into the anchorage and making us feel uncomfortable. The wind wasn't predicted on this mornings forecast so we downloaded the latest which confirmed a change and that it was now going to blow straight into the anchorage until the very early hours of the morning.

Neither of us really wanted to go into a marina so soon after leaving Cagliari but we also didn't fancy a sleepless night at anchor so shortly before 6.30pm we relocated into the marina - we slept well. By nightfall the French yacht had also moved on - a good decision made by all as the wind continued through until the early hours and into the following day. :-)

Total distance this season: 20.98 nautical miles
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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Yacht Flirtie

Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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