Marina Piccola anchorage
The latest forecast predicted virtually no wind for the next few days. It's definitely all or nothing on the wind front! No use for sailing but perfect to motor gently along and take in the next stretch of coastline (past the town of Sorrento that stands on a plateau which drops sheer into the sea) and hop over to the famous island of Capri just 15 miles away.
Capri is reported to have the most expensive marina in the Med. One night stay at Marina Grande
located north of the island would cost us a staggering €165 (inc. VAT but excludes electric and water). Thankfully there are also a few 'calm weather' anchorages scattered around the island. With the prevailing wind and swell predominantly from the NW we decided to anchor off Marina Picolla, an open anchorage on the south of the island.
The sea remained reasonably flat only disturbed by the many RIB's, day boats and motor yachts all heading towards Capri until we crossed the Bocca Piccola channel, a stretch of water between Capri and the mainland where it was pretty lollopy for a while with some adverse current.
From an island that started out engulfed in haze it soon became clearer as every mile passed to expose tall and extremely rugged cliffs interspersed with caves and coves. We rounded the SE corner towards our chosen anchorage to find pillars of rock emerging from the sea. The anchorage was extremely busy with the usual day boats, motor boats, yachts and several super yachts but still with ample space for us. We anchored in 13m on sand and weed.
Isola Faraglioni - apparently every destroyer in the Italian Navy has a photo of itself steaming through the largest arch at 30 knots!
Sadly during the night the swell rolled in. It must bend around corners as even our trusted 'Mr Windy app' didn't predict it along this part of the coast. The calm weather has enabled us to anchor and swim off the island of Capri with gorgeous crystal clear water amongst the dozens of multi-million pound super yachts - Superb. We never thought we'd get this opportunity! Unfortunately though we didn't feel comfortable leaving Flirtie unattended in this exposed anchorage for an extended trip ashore. Additionally, it's forbidden to land at the shore due to rockfalls. There is a tiny quay at the west of the bay that can be used but the restaurant owner will charge €20 for the privilege of leaving your dinghy.
'Radiant', with an impressive toy!
'Elena of London', a beautifully varnished classic
Total distance this season: 726.18 nautical miles