The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

21 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)
20 June 2017 | Girolata (position: 42 20.926'N 08 36.879'E)
20 June 2017 | Girolata (position: 42 20.926'N 08 36.879'E)
19 June 2017 | Sagone (position: 42 06.675'N 08 41.683'E)
18 June 2017 | Porto Pollo (position: 41 42.487'N 08 47.798'E)
17 June 2017 | Porto Pollo (position: 41 42.487'N 08 47.798'E)
16 June 2017 | Bonifacio (position: 41 23.303'N 09 09.846'E)
16 June 2017 | Bonifacio (position: 41 23.303'N 09 09.846'E)
15 June 2017 | Bonifacio (position: 41 23.303'N 09 09.846'E)
14 June 2017 | Iles Levezzi, Cala Lazarina (position: 41 23.303’N 09 09.846’E)
13 June 2017 | Isola Razzoli, Cala Lunga (position: 41 17.934'N 09 20.600'E)
12 June 2017 | Isola Budelli, Cala Nord (position: 41 17.032'N 09 21.554'E)
11 June 2017 | Isola Spargi, Cala Corsara (position: 41 13.752'N 09 20.572'E)
10 June 2017 | Isola Caprera, Porto Palma (position: 41.11.311'N 09 26.949'E)
09 June 2017 | Isola di Razzoli, Cala Lunga (position: 41 13.752'N 09 20.572'E)
08 June 2017 | Isola Caprera, Porto Palma (position: 41.11.311'N 09 26.949'E)
07 June 2017 | pontile Destriero (position: 41 06.378'N 09 26.519'E)
07 June 2017 | pontile Destriero (position: 41 06.378'N 09 26.519'E)
03 June 2017 | North Bay anchorage, near Cala Bitta (position: 41 07.925'N 09 28.112'E)
31 May 2017 | Cannigione mooring field (position: 41 06.320'N 09 26.666'E)

Corsica, Girolata to Calvi (mooring field) Log

21 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)
Bruce & Caroline
With no wind today it has allowed us to motor really close to the shore and enjoy the extremely rugged and mountainous beauty of the 'Scandola Nature Reserve' that stretches from the Golfe of Girolata stopping just short of Calvi. The coastline consists of red rocky cliffs, deep sided bays and it's truly stunning - we are in awe of its beauty.


red rocks abound

Whilst taking it all in, Bruce commented that part of it reminded him of 'bolt head' to 'bolt tail', two headlands near Salcombe, UK with near identical colourings.


'dog leg' passage with near vertical cliffs

The first sighting of Calvi was the fantastic citadel with a snow capped mountainous backdrop. The bay opened up to expose a wide sandy sweeping beach, the town and anchorage partly covered with mooring buoys. Mooring buoys are always positioned in the most sheltered spots and closest to the towns. Calvi is no exception with the mooring field directly outside the port and marina. We were expecting to see 160 plus buoys so were surprised to see only 30 laid... guess they haven't quite finished yet... too many hours spent on lunch breaks! ;-).

We planned to anchor however shore side visits would have involved a rather long and wet dinghy ride so we decided on a mooring buoy - the one closest to town.

Total distance this season: 343.91 nautical miles

Girolata

20 June 2017 | Girolata (position: 42 20.926'N 08 36.879'E)
Bruce & Caroline
Girolata is the place where cows are able to roam freely on the beach and cool down in the sea amongst the tourists!

It's a small village, more of a farming community with a boardwalk along a small beach, lined with several wooden huts providing souvenir shops, restaurants and bars to the hordes of tourists that arrive by boat.

Village properties are built using the red rocks that merge nicely with the stunning vivid red of the surroundings and they are overlooked by the seventeenth century Genoese watchtower. Watching the scenery change colour as the sun sets from one of the bars with a glass or two of Corsican wine in hand is recommended before taking an evening stroll along the coastal path. It's certainly a beautiful location if not spoilt slightly by the amount of boats that frequent the place.



We just missed low season, so we're in mid-season which cost us €43.40 instead of €30. The price goes up to €60 in high season! There are shower facilities ashore at an additional cost of €2.

Corsica, Sagone to Girolata (mooring field) Log

20 June 2017 | Girolata (position: 42 20.926'N 08 36.879'E)
Bruce & Caroline
Without doubt Corsica is far greener than Sardinia. In the last couple of days we've really noticed how hot and humid it is and how every afternoon clouds loiter in the sky. On a separate note, we've also noticed that our TIM data SIM still works!

Today is another hot and humid day with no hint of wind so we're motoring covered by the shade of our bimini which we're really appreciating.

The landscape is just getting better and better the further north we travel. It's spectacular and so varied. In places the mountains are the coast as they plunge straight down into the sea. There are considerable depths right up to the coast, interspersed with many bays, coves and anchorages so we're able to hug the coastline and really enjoy the rock formations.


huge orange mountains

Seaplanes are used to fight fires in the mountains inland. The relatively flat water of the Golfe's along this stretch are used to scoop up water before it is dumped over the fire. Yachts in the immediate area are advised to vacate immediately when this takes place.


this one was just flying by

The small fishing village and harbour of Girolata is hidden behind a low headland where a Genoese fort stands proud. It's a very sheltered location and only accessible by boat or foot so it is naturally popular and frequented by many yachts, tripper boats, motor boat, ribs and walkers.

We were met by a female on a small rib. A very pleasant lady who welcomed us to Girolata before asking us for our length and depth. Following a brief VHF call to her colleague she gave us explicit instructions to "follow her exactly". We can see why as it gets shallow and there are literally dozens of buoys laid fore and aft and yachts moored. It is a busy place but very well organised so it wasn't long before we were tied bow and stern in the mooring field.

Total distance this season: 319.5 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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