Our sail from Sardegna, Italy to Corsica, France took us across Les Bouches de Bonafacio, the channel between Sardegna and Corsica that is fringed by islands, rocks, reefs and shoal water on both sides. These straights are a notoriously gusty stretch that amplifies the winds from the Golfo de Leon as they funnel through the passage. Five years before we tried it twice, turning back each time as the winds hit 50+ knots and we stayed happily exploring Sardegna. But the wind was settled and in our favor, so Sangaris easily sailed onward to Porto Vecchio, Corsica where friends Pat & Keith Boothby were eagerly awaiting our arrival (that’s them in left pic) . July 16 marked the first of many nights when the “Sangaris” & “Frances Louise” crews would share great meals, stories and laughter together.
Cruisers’ note: Large anchorage with great holding in mud; grocery and shops in waterfront town, old town is uphill but worth the walk or the “Petit Train” ride!
A couple of days after our “P&K @ PV” reunion, we sailed our sisterships around the corner to another comfortable anchorage with a “rook” tower marking the entrance to Baie Piranellu Bay. More swimming and fun followed by a scrumptious lunch of fresh pesche de mare ashore at Pat’s favorite “Vig Vog” restaurant. (Lest you go nuts with the French-English dictionary, they told us Vig Vog doesn’t mean a thing in any language – just a fun name though "Ooh Lah Lah" would work.)