04/10/2012, Portoferraio, Isola de Elba
Our trip from Genoa on Easter Sunday was rougher than expected, due to some of the conditions lingering from the stormier weather on Saturday. However, we needed to get started and not delay the start of our course any longer. With winds to 30 kts on the nose, we power sailed to maintain course to Elba. The sun was with us all day, however, it is colder everywhere in Italy than ususal, so it was a pretty frosty ride. We arrived at a very sheltered anchorage around midnight, and moved to a nice berth at the main port in town the next morning.
Glen Edwards (the captain who commissioned our boat) was with us for a 3 day overlap with Marco (our co-captain for the Med trip), and to help us further adjust to the boat. Glen left to return to Genoa yesterday (Monday) and now we are three, until the Richardson's join us later this week in Rome.
Our course to Rome will be determined after tomorrow. Weather checks this morning - including Marco's great intell-gathering with local marina friends in town - revealed that thunderstorms, strong winds and squalls are expected tomorrow, Wednesday. We are now hunkered down at 5:30 pm with heavy cloud cover and the hopes that this will blow through and leave us in better shape to move on on Thursday. But the good news is that Marco already made a luscious smelling pasta sauce for tonight, with the leftover lamb I made for Easter Sunday. We wil eat well, if nothing else! More news on Thursday...
04/08/2012, Genoa, Italy
It is a glorious, perfect, Easter Sunday morning and we are finally set to sail to Elba. We leave expecting about 15 knots most of our way in the Ligurian Sea, reaching Elba sometime this evening. We will be in Elba two nights, with a little time to explore on shore. And, to begin to add to my olive oil collection. Then, on toward Rome on Tuesday with a stop or two at either Giannutri or one of the other Tuscan islands along the way. We plan to be at Porta Touristico di Roma by Friday evening, the 13th. Then, photos on this blog when Anne and Bill join us and I get the cable to my camera.
All the church bells of Genoa are ringing as I write. He is risen!!
More updates to come from Elba.
04/02/2012, Genoa, Italy
After days of lovely sun, we have our first completely cloudy chilly day and a little rain. Today is chart shopping for our Mediterranean ports and passages, purchasing some electronics, reorganizing some stowed sails, Gaile's shopping for minor boat necessities in town, and reassessing all storage areas for galley provisions. Soon, we do some big shopping for those.
We are located in Porto Antico, at the base of historic Genoa with mostly pedestrian-only streets. Most of our shopping has been either all throughout the historic district streets ( a 10 minute walk to reach it from our boat) or driving to Ikea on the edge of town to stock up on other 'furnishings,' plus Phil's many other driving trips around town for other boat supplies and dingy shopping (successfully concluded last week -arriving today!).
We enjoyed much more of Genoa this past weekend than we had up to this point. Saturday we walked to the big (Saturday-only) food market and made good use of our euros there! Meals for a few days. A fresh whole fish; fresh pasta, artichokes, other vegetables, and lots of blood oranges from Sicily. Sunday we attended a special Palm Sunday Mass at the San Lorenzo Cathedral in the historic district. Although we understood little of the service in Italian, at least we recognized the names of each Scriptural reading and the passages so we could meditate on the meaning of it all. After church we found our way to the home of Christopher Columbus. It was great to stand in that space, read the chronology of his ventures, and track the dates that brought him to the 'new land.'
We are reorganizing the calendar today and tomorrow, with the expectation to leave Genoa this Friday, bound for Elba for Easter weekend. Send more news soon!