The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

21 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
19 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
14 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
16 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
15 September 2016 | Poetto beach, near Cagliari (position: 39 11.755'N 09 09.808'E)
13 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
12 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
11 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
05 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
01 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
31 August 2016 | Capo di Pula (position: 38 59.346'N 09 01.029'E)
29 August 2016 | Capo di Pula (position: 38 59.346'N 09 01.029'E)
28 August 2016 | Malfatano, East cove (position: 38 53.296'N 08 49.49'E)
27 August 2016 | Malfatano, East cove (position: 38 53.296'N 08 49.49'E)
26 August 2016 | Teulada (position: 38 56.059'N 08 43.492'E)
25 August 2016 | Porto Pino (position: 38 56.852'N 08 36.920'E)
23 August 2016 | Porto Pino (position: 38 56.852'N 08 36.920'E)
22 August 2016 | Marine Service Yacht Carloforte (position: 39 08.423'N 08 18.735'E)
17 August 2016 | Marine Service Yacht Carloforte (position: 39 08.423'N 08 18.735'E)

fouled props, shafts and inquisitive fish!

21 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce and Caroline
In less than 3 months we have a mini-ecosystem growing on our props and shafts!


Action cam to the rescue again... attached to an extendable boat hook and submerged!

At first glance it doesn't look too bad but having left the marina to go out for a day-sail Flirtie could barely make 2.3 knots in calm water with both engines labouring (her normal cruising speed is about 7 knots). Earring on the side of caution we cut the day short on the basis that if any chop appeared in the bay then we'd probably not be able to get back to the marina this side of this Christmas! Okay, possibly a slight exaggeration but we're certainly not going anywhere until we man the diver...

Maybe it's time to consider antifouling the shafts and propellers when we next lift out?

err...no!

19 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce
Perhaps we won't dine there then!

How about we find another "Ristorante" that serves something other than seafood ;-)

blog slackers!

14 November 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce and Caroline
We can't believe that it's been almost two months since our last blog update - time has really flown since our arrival in Cagliari! Good progress is being made with all the winter jobs in between normal daily chores and rather a lot of socialising. Our priorities have leaned towards the social side - a major advantage of spending time in a marina. We've found ourselves meeting up with old friends as well as making several new. We've barely had an evening free and on more than one occasion woken with rather sore heads!

We knew that it was only a matter of time before we met up with Sue and Andy off 'Psittakos' because we have kept in contact throughout the season and their cruising plans were almost identical to ours so our paths were going to cross. Their sudden arrival was a pleasant surprise given that we weren't expecting to see them quite so soon in the same marina literally a few boats along from Flirtie. It was of no surprise that our conversation started from where it left off when we were both in Port Andraitx, Mallorca and it wasn't long before we were comparing notes on the crossing from Menorca to Sardinia and catching up on all the news over several drinks and meals on both ''Psittakos' and at our on-site bar/restaurant 'Sant'Elmo' (main photo). All too soon we found ourselves waving them off as they headed around the coast towards their winter destination. It's always lovely to see familiar faces and no doubt we'll see them again next season :-).

Twenty-four hours later we found ourselves getting acquainted with a Dutch couple who had just completed a full circumnavigation of the WORLD! It was interesting to hear how they originally planned to sail to New Zealand to visit family but on reaching New Zealand they then decided that it would be a good idea to continue on around the globe - a journey that took some 15 years to complete. Now they're working their way back to Holland.

The Dutch couple left only to be replaced by our friends Chris and Carolyn off catamaran 'Splice' and like us are here for the winter. We last saw Chris and Carolyn in Chipiona, Spain 2015 so needless to say we had loads to catch up on which was spread over a couple of weeks - a late night here, a late night there, mid-morning coffees plus an evening out in the heart of the city at a local wine bar 'Oyster' where fresh oysters are the speciality together with hams, cheese and wines. As it happens we ended up here by chance after we found out that 'Sabores' wine bar was fully booked by a wedding party. A fantastic evening was had by all and we can thoroughly recommend it.

By the way, it has to be said that walking across 2-3 meter passerelles (gang-planks) when you've had one too many (OK, far too many) feeling slightly tipsy isn't as easy as hopping off a pontoon - you have been warned!!

With the end of season in sight the number of cruisers in transit has certainly started to dwindle but surprisingly they have been replaced by berth-holders visiting their yachts for a bit of winter sun - there are a lot of British and other foreign yachts here and so our social life is still in full swing. Initially we were slightly concerned that with the onset of autumn/winter that the marina would be on the quieter side - how wrong we were!

i'll eat my hat!

16 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce
1.5mm stainless mesh backed by nylon mozzi netting.

If Mr Ratty can eat his way through this then I'll eat my hat!

The stainless steel perforated mesh was sourced here courtesy of eBay Italy....but can you believe it, shipped from the UK!

A few hours work with the angle grinder and a stainless steel cutting disc resulted in 6 shaped cut-outs to fit the portlights.

Whilst it has restricted the airflow a little compared with its predecessor...we can at least leave the portlights open again without any real concerns. This is really fantastic news when temperatures are still in the upper twenty's for much of the day. Additionally with all the blogs we've read from cruisers in Greece that have seen evidence of rats on-board were now even better prepared!

lunchtime stop at Poetto

15 September 2016 | Poetto beach, near Cagliari (position: 39 11.755'N 09 09.808'E)
Bruce and Caroline
"The sun's shining and the sea calm, let's go anchor off Poetto, have lunch and a swim... after all, it could be the last swim this season" he said.

Little did I know that this actually meant "this is probably our last trip out with Flirtie and her waterline and bottom could do with a clean!"

Within an hour we were anchored off Poetto beach giving Flirtie some much needed TLC. The fish certainly enjoyed eating the free morsels of food floating around us as we swam around gently scraping the small crustaceans off her waterline. We were so focused on our task in hand that we didn't actually notice the sea conditions had changed remarkably until we were back onboard.

Across the bay small waves were being formed with white crests and 20 knots of wind blowing straight into the anchorage. Flirtie was yanking at her chain, up and down like a rocking horse by at least 1m. Needless to say, the motion wasn't conducive for having lunch. In fact conditions had changed remarkably in such a short time frame that getting the anchor back onboard without it damaging the bow was a potential concern.

We motored forward in order to take the weight off the chain, the bow continued to rise and fall sending spray and scooping the occasional wave onboard until the anchor came into sight, swinging alarmingly just below the waterline. Clearly, retrieval of the anchor with its sharp pointed end needed to be done swiftly to avoid it swinging into the bow which we managed to time beautifully, in line with the rise and fall of each wave, amazingly!

Progress out of the anchorage was pretty slow with the wind and breaking waves 'on the nose' until we rounded Sella del Diavolo (the Devil's Saddle) at which point both wind and waves were behind us, allowing a superb last sail of the season back into Cagliari.


the Devil's Saddle


returning back to Cagliari

The wind was a total surprise, not as per the forecast so it wasn't quite the quiet, relaxing lunchtime stop that we were looking for but at least the sea was beautifully warm and crystal clear :-).

Poetto is Cagliari's main beach, 6km of fine sand that's lined with small bars, and private lidos where parasols and sun-loungers can be rented together with pedalos, canoes, paddleboards, windsurfs and surf bikes.


walkies!

Total distance this season: 1277.25 miles
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
About:
We've sailed the South and East coast of England, the Channel Islands, Northern France and the Brittany coast. [...]
Extra: email us: bandc.trott@gmail.com skype us: distant.drummer797
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Yacht Flirtie

Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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