16 September 2019
The Pontine islands came highly recommended so we headed for Ponza – a short 42nm hop. Again, no wind. The thing was August … last two weeks … all of Italy on holiday … in the islands …
Our early afternoon arrival on Tuesday 27th August meant we could find a decent space in 7.2 metres in the bay just north of the town, and we thought all was good. Wrong, wrong, wrong – as the afternoon progressed the traffic increased exponentially until the sea in the bay resembled a washing machine as folks on jet skis zoomed about and day tripper boats ferried their sun-worshippers back to the town from beached further up the coast. Eventually things calmed down but we decided to move next morning to a potentially quieter bay on the west side of the island – Chaia di Luna. A lovely spot … until 0400 when lightning storms brought 15-20kts westerly wind into the bay … no sleep after that so at daylight we upped and left for Capri.
Ischia had been recommended by folks who were there in June and our cruising guide said no anchoring in July and August so we passed by (turns out Italians ignore such restriction) and went to the south coast of Capri and Marina Piccola – 68nm and again no wind.
So, what is the difference between Ponza and Capri? Not much. A very busy anchorage and nowhere to tie up the dinghy. There were lots of superyachts and the crew would ferry owners and guests ashore and then return later to collect them, presumably after sumptuous lunches … for some reason Norma did not see herself performing such crew-like duties … difficult to understand really …