The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

09 August 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
08 August 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
27 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
27 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
26 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
26 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
22 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
20 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
16 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
09 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
07 July 2017 | Cala Canelle (position: 42 21.159'N 10 55.348'E)
05 July 2017 | Porto Azzurro (position: 42 45.646'N 10 23.553'E)
04 July 2017 | Portoferraio, Elba (position: 42 48.339'N 10 19.334'E)
03 July 2017 | Portoferraio, Elba (position: 42 48.339'N 10 19.334'E)
02 July 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
29 June 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
27 June 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
26 June 2017 | Macinaggio marina (position: 42 57.506'N 09 27.294'E)
25 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)
22 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)

another 'Mistral'

09 August 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
Bruce & Caroline
at the entrance - 2 hours later it looked frightening!

Our departure day and we're going nowhere as we wait for another 'Mistral' to pass. By our calculations this year the Mistral seems to occur once every 7 days. We've also noticed that there appears to be telltale signs of a pending blow as a sea surge occurs before the wind arrives later. This Mistral wasn't particularly strong, barely a force 6 but it virtually closed the marina because of the large seas at the entrance. Waves pounded the marina breakwater, sending bucketfulls of sea water and spray over the top, covering the cars parked just the other side - it's a good job none of the cars were open-top because it was an extremely hot day.

During our month here we've concluded that the visitor pontoon suffers badly from surge. Our passerelle is 2 meters so we're restricted to leaving a gap of just under 2 meters between Flirtie and the concrete pontoon. To date this has been sufficient but it's questionable here as the forward and aft lines constantly pull against each other - a tug of war between ropes with Flirtie in-between, momentum taking her ever closer to the wall. We never did touch but a larger gap would have been better and is something that we need to be mindful of in the future when mooring med-style.

too hot to handle!

08 August 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
Bruce & Caroline
This past week has been unbearably hot and extremely humid no thanks to a heat wave, dubbed 'Lucifer' by the Italians.

Outside temperatures have hovered between 38-44 degrees. We have found it unbearable, more of an endurance test as we've struggled to keep cool despite the afternoon breezes and splashing water over ourselves! We've managed to sneak in (along with others) the occasional dip here and there in the confines of the marina despite it being forbidden. Some cruisers have taken to using the hosepipe as a shower whilst others have kept cool by splashing around in their children's paddling pool... whilst the kids weren't looking.

Below decks, the temperature has rarely fallen below 32 degrees - with all 12v and electric fans on! Sleeping has been virtually impossible with our bed sheets sticking to our bodies. We tried other alternatives like sleeping in the forward cabin and the cabin floor to no avail. We've even tried to sleep under the stars having created ourselves a mosquito-free 'boudoir' only to find that the dampness outside just made matters worse. Thankfully, we seem to be over the worst otherwise our families back in the UK would have had an impromptu knock on the door. So far we seem to be coping well with high temperatures but with high humidity as well it's just something else!

in the shadow of Vesuvius - Pompeii

27 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
Bruce & Caroline
Arguably this video is too long at approximately six minutes...but anything shorter would really be doing Pompeii an injustice.

Choosing a backing track was simple; it just had to be Pink Floyd live at Pompeii!


We hope you enjoy....


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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