The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

20 December 2019 | Gloucestershire
10 August 2019 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
09 August 2019 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
03 July 2019 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
02 July 2019 | St Paul’s Bay (position: 35 57.629’N 14 23.841’E)
26 June 2019 | Marsaxlokk (position: 35 50.121’N 14 32.961’E)
24 June 2019 | Dwejra Bay (position: 36 02.815’N 14 11.496’E)
20 June 2019 | St Julian’s, Budella Bay (position: 35 55.064’N 14 29.695’E)
15 June 2019 | Marsaxlokk Bay (position: 35 50.114’N 14 32.974’E)
13 June 2019 | Rinella Creek (position: 35 53.678’N 14 31.530’E)
09 June 2019 | St Julian’s, Balluta Bay position: (35 53.678’N 14 31.530’E)
05 June 2019 | San Niklaw Bay (position: 36 01.101’N 14 19.790’E)
03 June 2019 | Il-Hofra-z-Zghira (anchorage), position (35 50.210'N, 14 33.726'E)
10 May 2019 | Malta, Manoel Island
19 December 2018 | Gloucestershire
25 January 2018 | Gloucestershire
19 December 2017 | Gloucestershire
30 September 2017 | Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.869’N 14 32.705’E)
30 September 2017 | Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.869’N 14 32.705’E)
22 September 2017 | Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.869’N 14 32.705’E)

Sardinia, Bosa to Tharros (buoy-anchorage) Log

13 August 2016 | Tharros (position: 39 52.290'N 08 26.698'E)
Bruce and Caroline
We left early so that we would arrive around lunchtime in the 'Golfo di Oristano' located almost halfway down the West coast. The area is a marine reserve but has a commercial port, a marina and various designated spots to anchor.

Despite the forecast we ended up motoring the 28 miles having exhausted all attempts in trying to capture what little wind there was around. We followed the rugged coastline that had sporadic clusters of red-roofed houses until it became low lying. Golden beaches appeared packed with many multi-coloured umbrellas with cars parked behind.

The VHF radio crackled into life so we listened to an automated voice providing us with the latest weather forecast and 12 hour outlook first given in Italian, followed by an English translation. With mirror like conditions we wondered where all the dolphins are - it's been a while since we've seen any and we miss seeing these beautiful creatures.

Just off the small village of San Giovanni di Sinis lies 'Tharros', an ancient city and archaeological site where several mooring buoys have been laid and are free of charge for visitors. If all the buoys are taken then anchoring is permitted in a predefined area.

Our lunchtime arrival meant that potentially we would have to anchor and wait for someone to leave. As we arrived there were two mooring buoys available. A yacht was heading towards the one so we ended up taking the other furthest away from the shore.

A lazy afternoon was spent sat in the cockpit just enjoying the peace and quiet. It's certainly a tranquil place. As evening approached I happened to notice that all the other yachts had turned but we hadn't. After a general look around, the shore seemed quite distant too! Bruce switched on the GPS only to find that we'd drifted over half a mile from the mooring field complete with the buoy attached! We cast the buoy adrift and motored back to the shore to attach ourselves onto one of the buoys that had been vacated right in the middle of the field. After this experience we'll be sleeping with the anchor alarm on tonight!

Total distance this season: 1142.88 miles
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Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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