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28 July 2012 | Various - Elba
22 July 2012 | Sardinia
21 July 2012 | Corsica
20 July 2012 | Corsica

There and Back Again – An Unexpected Journey

28 July 2012 | Various - Elba
Bilbo Baggins
I’ve been planning this adventure for quite a long time so the decision to change our plans was unusual. In fact, this was the first substantial deviation of the whole trip but it turned out to be wonderful. The reason for the change was that Jeanne, Elaina, and Tom were flying back to the States from Rome and Stephen Nemethy, Stosh’s son, was flying into Rome two days later. Our plan was to sail to Ponza, then Ischia, Capri, and end in Portofino. I would rent a car, drive the group to Rome and Stephen was going to catch a train down to Naples and we would pick him up there. After reviewing the logistics I realized this was going to be very difficult on us all and that we needed to bring Palarran to Rome.

So, while we anchored in Olbia, I reviewed the options with the crew. They really didn’t care as long as pizza, pasta, and swimming was provided. What I decided was to head back to Corsica, then go to a fairly large island named Elba, then hit (not literally) Giglio and see the Costa Concordia, then head to Rome. It turned out to be a fantastic decision which really no one should be surprised by ;) .

We left Olbia heading to a large harbor on the Southeast coast of Corsica named Porto Vecchio. The Bonafacio Straights had different plans for us though and threw some gale force winds at us so we ducked into a bay on one of the Maddalena Archipelago. The next morning we again got hit with super strong winds but made it across the straights. You know it’s pretty nasty out when there isn’t anyone else joining you. Porto Vicchio was nice with an excellent shopping area in an old village. I should mention that it became hot- very hot – and has stayed that way since this day. This was just a stopover though so we refueled and headed to Elba.

What can I say about Elba? Too often in these posts I feel like a broken record. It’s wonderful, beautiful, stunning, etc. After a while it probably gets boring hearing that so I’ll try this out – Elba is the Real Deal!! I could go on and on about the Citadel, perched villages, quaint harbors, shopping, eating, forested hills, wild flowers, crystal clear water, huge sandy beaches, super friendly people, great fellow boaters, but I won’t. All I can say is that if anyone considering visiting Italy and desires to see “The Real Deal” go here and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. I felt very comfortable there and it had been a while since I could say that. Jeanne and I vowed that we will return someday as 4 days can’t give true justice to this gem.

It was special for Nick also as he made his big purchase of the trip. He had been working for Tim Housler and saved enough money to buy a watch. He specifically said at the beginning of the trip “I want an Italian styled watch” and he found on Elba. As it turns out it was also made right there on Elba. It is a Locman Montechristo professional diver watch and is pretty sweet. I didn’t realize this but Tom Scanlan has a watch fetish and needed to restrain himself. It was funny to do the shopping for this lifelong purchase and I’m excited for Nick. He is also and hasn’t taken it off since buying it.
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Vessel Name: Palarran
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56
Hailing Port: Portage, Michigan
Crew: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
About: We enjoy adventurous travel. We also love the water. These two combined have led us to embark on a sailing tour of the Mediterranean. 2015 will be our fourth season.
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David is a small business owner who enjoys planning the family travel in his spare time. Jeanne manages the family and enjoys travel and tennis. Nick is learning how to run a business and cook by founding Nicks Gyros food trailer. Elaina is the joy of the family. Perfect in every way [...]
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The Wanderers

Who: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
Port: Portage, Michigan

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Aldarion was the Heir to the King of Númenor. He was a great captain and adventurer, to the dismay of his father, who wished his son to spend his youth on the island he would one day rule. Aldarion, though, felt the call of the sea, and he built himself a vast ship, larger than any that had been seen at that time. He called it PALARRAN, an Elvish name meaning 'Far-Wanderer', and in it he journeyed the Great Sea to Middle-Earth. JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Not All Who Wander Are Lost