photo taken late evening after everyone left!
Before we write anything more, we are once again motoring! :-(
Island hopping... this time to Isola del Giglio, the next accessible island in the Tuscan archipelago, about 35 nautical miles south east of Elba.
The waters around Giglio are quite deep virtually all the way to the shore in most areas but with a couple of off lying shoals. We noted one, small rocky shoal on the chart plotter just off our route, a lone 5 meter shoal jutting up out of nowhere surrounded by deep water and wondered if it was this shoal that the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise liner hit causing it to capsize and sink. We had one of those sombre thought provoking moments. We could have motored right over given our draft but it could be easily missed.
As we rounded the tip of the island a couple of cranes and staging platforms came into view, with the harbour and village of Giglio behind. We were amazed to see that even now, several years later the authorities are still cleaning up the area after the disaster.
We continued south past the harbour to anchor in the bay of Cala Canelle. Despite its size those already at anchor were lying very close together with barely any swinging room between them. We quickly realised why because the water is extremely deep 100m or so from the shore - something that's not mentioned in the pilot book! The prime position was just off the beach but unfortunately that was taken by a number of other yachts. We struggled to find a good spot where it was shallow enough to anchor, far enough from the shore with good holding. Eventually we did find a sandy patch in about 10 meters away from the beach but far enough away from the vertical rock face. We carry 80 meters of chain and ideally like to pay out 5 times the depth but given the lack of room we ended up with barely 25 meters on the seabed. Our anchor was dug in well but should any strong gusts occur (they often do) we're likely to drag. Sadly, any ideas of walking up to the Castello were squashed so instead we spent our time snorkelling and swimming with the briefest visit ashore to grab a photo opportunity of the anchorage.
We must have timed our arrival perfectly because shortly afterwards we watched a number of boats spend up to an hour motoring around trying to find a depth suitable. Some took the approach of just dumping a lot of chain onto the seabed whilst others resorted to sailing onwards.
Total distance this season: 500.75 nautical miles