Panormitis happenings

24 May 2016 | Rodds Bay
24 December 2015
06 November 2015 | Bustard bay
04 November 2015 | Port Bundaberg Marina
27 October 2015 | Port Bundaberg
17 October 2015 | Mele Maat
04 October 2015 | Village of Mele
27 September 2015 | Port Vila
27 September 2015 | Mololo LaiLai
10 September 2015 | Vuda Marina
02 September 2015 | Lautoka
31 August 2015 | Lautoka Fiji
24 August 2015 | Nieafu Tonga
24 August 2015 | Aloft Niue
24 August 2015 | Beveridge Reef
24 August 2015 | Palmerston Island
24 August 2015 | Maupihaa
23 August 2015 | Raiatea
22 August 2015 | Moorea
21 August 2015 | Baie D'Opunohu

Amalfi to Isola di Capri

03 August 2014
Amalfi to Isola di Capri
We left the colourful Amalfi, destination the famous Isola di Capri. They say you have to visit Capri at least once and by yacht one would eliminate the hoards of mass tourism. Several years ago the numbers of tourists were getting so bad that the authorities decided to reduce the number of ferries from Naples. My source of information says that scooters were banned from the island and deliveries were made by golf buggy type vehicles, but we did see evidence of both scooters and small cars so may be things have changed.
We anchored on the southern side of the island because of the wind and were in company with large motor yachts and small run abouts. Not the best anchorage because of the wash of tourist boats and ferries but okay. The island is often referred to as the Pearl of Naples and is probably Italy's most famous island. Really it only claim to fame is because of it featuring in movies, songs and as a holiday home for a lot of celebrities. And we soon found out that it is kept fairly exclusive for the more well off tourist.
An example: we thought we would venture ashore and maybe walk up and over to the main marina/town on the northern side. We endured the slop of the boat wash around the dinghy and found our way in and out of floating nets to be told we couldn't tie up the dinghy. To get ashore we would have to pay one of the local boats who were ferrying people from anchored boats to the privately owned pontoons. So back to the yacht and the decision we would go around to Capri town next morning and conditions being okay, anchor off for a visit ashore. So next morning we motored around Isola Faraglioni which is several pillars of rock emerging from the sea and the large arches feature in most photos of Capri. It is said that every destroyer in the Italian navy has a photo of itself steaming thru' the largest arch at 30 knts, so now the tourist boats try to copy them.
We were disappointed to find it was too deep to anchor at Marina Grande, and our budget just wouldn't cover the cost of a berth. Back in 2010 the cost of a berth for a 12mt boat was €145 (add 50% for a catamaran) and 50% if it is a weekend. So we left the Isola di Capri not having set foot on it. Our next stop over is Isola di Ischia.
Vessel Name: Panormitis
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 410S2
Hailing Port: Gladstone Australia
Crew: Gary and Del Whitmore
About: Gary has salt water in his veins and needs to be near or on the water. Del is his wife and his sailing partner.
Extra: We learned to sail together back in 1977 and have enjoyed a variety of yachts since then. We have previously purchased a monohull in Croatia and took 18months to sail it back to Australia. Now we are doing the trip again this time with a catamaran.
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Who: Gary and Del Whitmore
Port: Gladstone Australia