Roaring Girl

The adventures of the yacht Roaring Girl wandering the seas.

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Very pretty – but very dear

12 September 2009 | Isola and Porto Capraia
The next island is Capraia. Most of it is a national park, and it has one port and one small settlement. This is the entrance to it. You can see that there are two apparent entrances, and you want the one on the right. (This is very obvious when you are actually there). Inside swing to the right, and you see the town quay, plus a couple of pontoons.
We had rung ahead, and were glad of it, as the harbour filled up completely overnight. This is the last weekend of the season, and there were what seemed to be several cruises in company. They put us behind one of the pontoons, requiring deft turning small spaces. Pip did some excellent boat handling and we came in very neatly.
Italian marinas seem to think we are all in modern boats with bow thrusters and easy management in reverse. Hah! Not us. But we managed anyway, and then watching the rather less dextrous performances by lighter boats with big crews on board was very entertaining.
It is well protected, though a strong north easterly blew in the night. We are not sure whether this often happens here in a northerly (when it would blow across the bay like the top of a bottle) or was a genuine, un-forecast, easterly belter. Either way, it was undoubtedly rolly for anyone anchored outside the harbour.
The pilot book says it is rolly out there. We found a reference to mooring buoys, but there aren't any now, as they are all being scrubbed off in the port!
There's lots of help coming in, with marina staff taking lines and even coming aboard to pick up the tails if you want them to. At least one spoke good English. Water and electricity on all the berths.
But - it's the most expensive place we've ever stopped, at '60 for the night for 11.95m. Wow! Double wow, as you then also pay '1 for the loo and a whopping '4 for a shower! We're using our on-board facilities, and making sure everything is getting fully charged up.
Even so, the birthday girl (Pip) exercised her rights to choose, and we are staying two nights, leaving for Elba on Monday.
Comments
Vessel Name: Roaring Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Maxi 120
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Pip Harris and Sarah Tanburn
About: Captain Sarah and Chief Engineer/Mate Pip moved on board in 2003 and finally made the break in 2006. Roaring Girl, launched in 1977, has already been round the world once, and has a lot more seamiles than the two of us put together.
Extra: These pages aim to bring you our adventures as they happen, as well as Roaring Girl's sailing prowess. And to show off Pip's silverwork as well.
Roaring Girl's Photos - Main
Pictures of the nuraghe Santu Antine at Torralba
4 Photos
Created 4 August 2010
Gullivette working the boat
5 Photos
Created 6 July 2010
The amazing site at Filitosa with statue-menhirs carved in granite
8 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
Pictures from the sanctuary on Corsica, at A Cupulatta
7 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
The tower on the headland and the rocks of Iles Sanguinaire on the northern edge of the Golfe d'Ajaccio
5 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
The walk from Girolata to the road
6 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Pictures of the harbour and buoyage in the Port of Girolata
3 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
The rock formations on the coast of the Scandola Nature Reserve
5 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Pictures of the anchorage and headland at Ile Rousse
6 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Pictures of the coast walk around the Desert des Agriates
6 Photos
Created 20 June 2010
Landmarks and views from the tip of Corsica
14 Photos
Created 25 May 2010
Pictures from the hills on the north coast of Elba - see post dated 25 May 2010.
5 Photos
Created 25 May 2010
Pictures of the small marina in the town
3 Photos
Created 25 May 2010
A description of our renewable energy generators, particularly our demountable ampair 100. See detailed post of 19 May 2010.
4 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
Pictures of our pals, particularly a feast for Bichon lovers. See post of 19 May 2010
7 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 20 May 2010
Recording some of the more splendid dishes of our Itinerario Gusto, as described in the post of 19 May 2010
4 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
A large album of pictures showing some of the beauties of the island.
21 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
Pictures of the entrance to the Rade, the anchorage and the darsena. Relates to post of 19 May 2010
8 Photos
Created 20 May 2010
The old market of Rome is being abandoned to rot, while, right next door, a new one is taking shape.
4 Photos
Created 12 May 2010
Pictures from the basilica, especially the bronze doors from the ancient Senate and wonderful mosaic decorations
8 Photos
Created 12 May 2010
Pictures of passarelles (gangplanks to the lubbers!) See post of 9 May 2010
7 Photos
Created 9 May 2010
Pictures of Ostia, the seaside town of Rome. See post of 9 May 2010.
6 Photos
Created 9 May 2010
Pictures from the Capitoline Hill. See post dated 9 May 2010
6 Photos
Created 9 May 2010
The inside of the cathedral and the great piazza in front of it. See posts from 22 April 2010.
10 Photos
Created 25 April 2010
Detailed pix of the process of cleaning out the binnacle compass and filtering the oil. See post of 18 April 2010.
4 Photos
Created 23 April 2010

Who we are

Who: Pip Harris and Sarah Tanburn
Port: Ipswich