The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

14 August 2017 | Cala Inferno, Ponza (position: 41 27.107'N 12 38.853'E)
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)

Civitavecchia to Ponza log

14 August 2017 | Cala Inferno, Ponza (position: 41 27.107'N 12 38.853'E)
Bruce & Caroline
With the mistral out of the way we're once again left with settled weather. By settled we mean the lightest of breezes! No good for sailing, but perfect for a visit to the island of Ponza, some 93 miles away.

We could have motored through the night but chose to follow the coastline southwards to anchor off Anzio before hopping over to Ponza the following day.

Ponza belongs to a chain of five islands which make up the Pontine islands that are scattered between Rome and Naples. The islands are the crests of volcanic craters, of two different chains. Ponza, Zannone and Palmarola (the NW group) belong to a volcanic chain that extends over to Anzio, while Ventotene and Santo Stefano are linked geologically to the volcanic area in the Bay of Naples.

South of Rome the coastline is really shallow and exposed. We wouldn't want to be here in an onshore blow. We had a useful 0.5 knot of current going with us but with several hours of motoring still ahead of us we passed the time with hourly log updates and 'tasty treats'. Hourly treats of melon, cake, biscuits etc. makes the time pass far quicker and gives us something to look forward to.

The coastline seemed to flatten out lined with small apartment blocks and several long stretches of beaches, some were noticeably empty which we thought was strange until we worked out that these empty beaches were the ones where you pay to sit on a sun lounger with sumbrella. We eventually spotted the locals all crammed into the next beach.

Meanwhile out at sea we passed several fishing buoys, a fleet of fishing trawlers, a fish farm and something that looked like an oil platform.

We anchored off to the NE of Anzio harbour on sand and slept well considering that this coastline is quite exposed to swell. :-).


anchored off Anzio

An early start followed in mirror calm conditions as a hydrofoil passed us heading in the same direction.


at the speed they travel, Ponza is barely a few hours away!

With 37 miles ahead of us we decided to deploy the mackerel line, the odds should have been in our favour - apparently not!

Isola Ponza is the largest of the Pontine Islands, a long jagged crescent, fringed with above and below water rocks which made for an hour of interesting navigation before we finally arrived at the anchorage of 'cala Inferno', just as a small commercial ship was leaving.

It's great to be at anchor again.

Total distance this season: 637.89 nautical miles

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.
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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