The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

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)
14 August 2016 | Tharros (position: 39 52.290'N 08 26.698'E)
13 August 2016 | Tharros (position: 39 52.290'N 08 26.698'E)
12 August 2016 | Bosa (position: 40 17.445’N 08 28.345’E)
09 August 2016 | Bosa (position: 40 17.445’N 08 28.345’E)
08 August 2016 | Porto Conte (position: 40.36.244'N 08 11.188'E then 40 35.875'N 08 12.876'E)
07 August 2016 | Porto Conte (position: 40.36.244'N 08 11.188'E then 40 35.875'N 08 12.876'E)
06 August 2016 | SER-MAR Marina, Alghero (position: 40 33.907'N 08 18.720'E)
02 August 2016 | SER-MAR Marina, Alghero (position: 40 33.907'N 08 18.720'E)
31 July 2016 | SER-MAR Marina, Alghero (position: 40 33.907'N 08 18.720'E)

Ratty!

05 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce and Caroline
It was him against us... there was going to be one winner in this face-to-face encounter and it wasn't going to be Mr Ratty. We've seen firsthand the damage that a rat can do on board a yacht; the mess, the destruction, the upset and not forgetting the costs involved in replacing and making good which can amount to thousands of pounds.

Whilst we were sleeping peacefully our fury rodent somehow sneaked aboard, found a port light that was covered by a mosquito net, gnawed a hole through it before dropping 1 meter onto the galley worktop and into a plastic recycling bag. We didn't hear a thing... until the rustle of the plastic bag gave him away. We've never moved so fast and (just to set the scene) getting dressed was the last thing on our minds!

Lights were switched on which immediately made ratty dart underneath the galley shelf to hide from us. Whilst he sat there hiding we rallied around Flirtie to close all cabin doors, restricting access down to the main cabin and galley. Then the fun and games began. Within a blink of an eye ratty had moved at record speed. We've never seen something move so fast - one minute he was under the shelf, the next by the chart table, then the floor. At one point we thought that we'd captured him only to find that he was sat on the opposite side of the cabin to us! Ratty continued to circle around, jumping and climbing with ease until he cornered himself where he came to his demise... the sense of relief was massive.

We couldn't be certain if he was alone and didn't fancy another unwanted guest so spent the night with everything closed. Inside the cabin, temperatures soared to 30 degrees but there was no way we were prepared to open up any hatches or port lights... not tonight anyway. Not surprisingly we spent the night semi-awake listening out for the slightest of noises. Having heard absolutely nothing all night we concluded it was just the one visitor - Phew! We suspect that we didn't raise the passerelle/gangplank quite high enough - now we're going to the extreme by removing it each evening! Rats are amazingly agile and surprisingly intelligent and it's not unknown for a rat to jump between moored yachts, swim, climb ropes and chain so it was only a matter of time before a rat came aboard - lets hope it's the last!

Following this new and horrible experience we've now purchased a large rat trap and some rodent 'glue' that we can call on in future if necessary. Our port light nylon mosquito nets have been replaced with aluminium mosquito nets and further improvements are in the pipeline. We're also in the process of making 'anti-rat discs' to hopefully prevent rats walking our ropes and gaining access to Flirtie.

Sardinia, Pula to Cagliari Log

01 September 2016 | Marina di Sant'Elmo, Cagliari (position: 39 12.082'N 09 07.622'E)
Bruce and Caroline
Our plan to snorkel over the ancient ruins of Nora didn't materialise because by early evening and contrary to the forecast the wind shifted to NE straight into the anchorage!

Flirtie was bobbing up and down like a rocking horse, her bow rising and falling at least 1m. Thankfully we had plenty of space and depth around us to increase our scope of chain. We were hoping that conditions would improve within a couple of hours but when we heard rumbles of thunder and saw strikes of lightening over the land it wasn't looking promising.

By dawn the sky was filled with thundery clouds and again we could hear the rumble of thunder nearby. Although the wind had eased the swell was now making our stay very uncomfortable - we needed to move! We thought about finding shelter in another anchorage however having done a recce on our supplies, food and water were dwindling and our Tesco data bundle (WIFI) was about to expire. The island's capital, Cagliari seemed the sensible option and in particular Marina di Sant'Elmo given our plan to spend the winter there.

With Cagliari just two hours away and the wind on the nose we motored the short distance across the bay weaving inbetween some large oil tankers at anchor whilst passing a 'Voyager 45' ketch (Flirtie's bigger sister) under full sail going in the opposite direction. That's the third 'Voyager 45' that we've seen since taking ownership of Flirtie.

There are a number of marinas in Cagliari all in relatively close proximity to each other. Once behind the breakwater we radioed ahead to be met by a staff member in a dory who guided us to our berth where a mooring attendant took our ropes before passing over two lazy lines for us to tie off. Normally these are disgustingly slimey and dirty however this time they were pretty clean but covered in small barnacles instead.

This marina is the furthest away from the city centre - a 30 minute walk or 15 minute bike ride along a pedestrian/cycle path. Security is excellent and appears significantly better than the competition. It has a proper shower block rather than a makeshift affair and a washing machine and dryer. There's also an onsite bar/restaurant and free wifi. Berthing charges are pretty good too as they offer a discount to CA members (the marina is run by a Cruising Association HLR).

Total distance this season: 1265.81 miles

Sardinia, the ancient city of Nora (near Pula)

31 August 2016 | Capo di Pula (position: 38 59.346'N 09 01.029'E)
Bruce and Caroline
One of the main reasons why we've anchored near Pula is to visit the ancient ruins of Nora.

Nora is reported to be one of the most important archaeological sites on the island dating back to Punic, Carthaginian and Roman periods. It's also reported to be the oldest city in Sardinia.

Unlike Tharros, the only way we could get to see the ruins was by joining a guided tour, which was really informative as we were taken back in time to be immersed in the atmosphere of the ancient Roman town where we discovered ancient cobbled streets, cisterns, drainage systems and lots more.


drainage system

Walking around the site through arches and walls gave us some idea of the original size of Nora's huge buildings and luxurious villas decorated with beautiful mosaic floors made with the tiniest of tiles. Considering the age of the site and the fact that it's open to the elements the mosaics and buildings are in surprisingly good order, even the columns are original and still standing!


one of the mosaic floors

The ruins also extend out into the sea where at some point in the distant past the seaward section of the peninsula apparently fractured causing a large part of the city to slip beneath the waves which can be snorkelled over - that's tomorrow's entertainment sorted :-).

The area is surrounded by a breathtaking landscape overlooked by a Spanish tower.


Spanish watchtower

A walk up to and around the tower was included in the tour price and provided great views of the promontory and surrounding area.


looking across to the ancient city of Nora

Sardinia, Malfatano to Pula (anchorage) via Chia beach Log

29 August 2016 | Capo di Pula (position: 38 59.346'N 09 01.029'E)
Bruce and Caroline
Chia beach

We would have stayed longer at Malfatano cove however the latest forecast looked perfect for a lunchtime stop at Chia Beach, reported to be one of the best beaches in south Sardinia and best visited just for the day as it's exposed to the wind and swell.

We wanted calm and tranquil conditions to anchor off the beach, to swim in the turquoise water and (if time allowed) to walk on the shore. The only way we were going to meet our requirement was to start early before the afternoon wind arrived.


rounding Capo Spartivento

By mid morning we were anchored off Chia beach with its turquoise water and golden sandy beach in idyllic conditions. Just as we hoped.

We decided to row ashore to walk up to the watchtower, Torre di Chia which offered impressive views of the local surroundings. From here we noticed a beach bar in the distance with an ice-cream display board. Let's just say that the walk down from the tower and over to the beach bar was far quicker than walking up to take in the views!


Chia beach and lagoon behind


looking south west from the watchtower

By early afternoon the wind arrived on cue allowing us to sail onwards towards our next chosen anchorage at Pula, just 15 nautical miles south of Cagliari where we decided to anchor on the eastern side of the peninsula in a sandy patch just 200m off the beach.

Total distance this season: 1251.13 miles

Sardinia, Malfatano cove

28 August 2016 | Malfatano, East cove (position: 38 53.296'N 08 49.49'E)
Bruce and Caroline
We feel that we've anchored in the best cove in Malfatano having dinghied around the other anchorages, one of which has a crowded beach and a couple of cafe-restaurants. By comparison, East cove is certainly the quietest with a couple of small secluded beaches... just up our street :-).

We thought that East cove was going to be crowded given that it was a weekend and so close to Cagliari however by late evening there were very few of us at anchor. At one point we were the only one which felt a bit strange, prompting a double check of the latest forecast and swell just in case our fellow cruisers knew something that we didn't.

With crystal clear water and rocky outcrops all around us, snorkelling was a delight and certainly kept us entertained for hours as we spotted sea urchins and a variety of colourful fish in varying sizes whilst listening to the 'cracking' and 'popping' sounds that came from either the sea grass or from fish hiding within it. We've only ever heard this weird sound when sea grass is around. It can be quite loud, we've even heard in from inside the boat!

From the sea below to the sky above, the night provided us with bright shiny stars, including the Milky Way disturbed only briefly every couple of minutes by the passing beam from the lighthouse at Capo Spartivento.
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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