22 July 2017 | Porto Corallo
21st July Arbatax to Porto Corallo
We set off for Porto Corallo for what we thought would be a straight forward 30 mile trip down the coast from Arbatax. The passage plan envisaged a course more or less strait south, whilst remembering to keep the coast on our starboard side. During the day the swell and wind, both from the south, picked up and we had to tack out from the coast to make any progress. The 30 mile trip took over 8 hours in worsening seas and we actually travelled 43 miles to reach Porto Corallo. By this time the sea was quite rough and very confused, throwing everything around the cabin and creating chaos by the time we finally arrived. We were allocated a berth side on to a strong cross-wind making berthing tricky and we had an audience from the crew of a Belgian yacht which arrived just ahead of us. They were armed with fenders ready to repel boarders but I am glad to say our practised team work upheld British honour and they put them away unused.
Porto Corallo is a large underused marina, about 6km from the town of Villaputzu making a visit somewhat impractical. The marina is an arid land of concrete without shade or adequate facilities save the air conditioned office. Funny all the offices seem to be better appointed than the customer facilities. The showers and toilets are indescribable, but free! Some consolation.
We decided to limit our stay to 2 nights before pressing on. There are no shops, we can't even get bread and only the pizzeria on the nearby campsite provides food. In addition although the next couple of days are forecast to be blistering hot, 40 Centrigrade, the Mistral arrives on Monday. It is forecast to be very stormy for 3 or 4 days and we plan to get to another marina, Villasimius, about 20 miles from Cagliari where we can hole up 'till it passes. Villasimius is reported as having good facilities, shops and a shuttle bus to the nearby village, so at least we can eat.