04 September 2016 | Olbia
We left Taverna after a late start and made our way around the coast to the entrance to Olbia. As you cross the bay the buoyed channel is easily spotted, our only problem was the large cruise ship that decided to exit the relatively narrow channel at the same time as we were entering. We drifted at the side on the channel near the mussel beds as she went past. The ‘Old Commercial Quay’ in Olbia is a long space available for mooring, the problem is there are few points to tie off to, only the widely spaced bollards from large ships and a few bits of rusty iron. There was plenty of space available as we arrived and a number of boats at anchor off the quay as well. We moored next to an old bollard and combining that with a couple of bent bits of ironwork we were able to secure Splice alongside.
We had heard some reports of thefts from the quay here so were very cautious that first day and took it in turns to stay on board whilst getting bits of shopping and checking out the town. The other cruisers alongside hadn’t heard of any issues so we are hopeful there will be no problems with security. We now leave the boat looking as if she’s occupied, old cushions, magazines and sunglasses on deck and music playing when we leave her.
The centre of Olbia is very close and a good supermarket is 15 minutes walk away, it’s a working town but it is pleasant and the quay is the place to be in the evenings. The locals come out to promenade, the young men ride their scooters up and down the roadway and the girls cluster to chat and watch the display! It’s noisy and the passers-by are looking into the cockpit but it feels relaxed. It’s been fun to have a couple of evenings in the centre of things after being at anchor for a while.
Boats come and go all the time, mostly Italian and Swiss for some reason together with a number of Germans. As it’s difficult to moor up we go and help new-comers and yesterday Chris helped a British yacht alongside and we were invited for drinks that evening. Chicane of Falmouth is skippered by Tom with his partner Silka and three sailing friends along as crew. We had a fun couple of hours talking boats and cruising around the world with some very experienced sailors who have circumnavigated a number of times between them.
Photo: The Old Commercial Quay at Olbia