Aug 19 2017

To Guest on S/V “Blue Moon” – Part 10

May 28th 2017
Good Morning, world!
After the already known wake up call at 05.15h, we enjoyed an espresso and were ready in no time. Punctual, at 06.30h we arrived in sunny Livorno and soon after left the ferry orderly.
The plan was, to drive the same route home, via the St. Bernard pass. The only difference would be that we would pass Parma, instead of Genova. Our GPS said, the journey would take approx. 7 hours. Fantastic!
Our choice to drive via Parma was a bad one, as it turned out….Not because of the traffic, that was ok. But because of the numerous animal transports, pigs on their way to slaughter houses, to become the famous Parma ham….

Aug 11 2017

URGENT – Dolphins in Taiji need our help!

An urgent cry for help reached us this week from “Australia for Dolphins” (AFD), wherefore we decided to to postpone the last part of our Sardinia report. There are only a few weeks left, until the brutal slaughter will start – therefore, it’s important to sign and spread this petition asap!
By supporting AFD and/or Sea Shepherd you show compassion and that you care about marine mammals!
 
Thank you so much for your help – in the name of the dolphins!

Aug 05 2017

Finally….

Same view at night, across the road. Due to the rain it didn’t burn as expected, which was actually good. No risk for a big out-of-control-fire! See you later and enjoy the summer – preferably outside with many mousy friends!

Aug 01 2017

Happy Birthday, Switzerland !

A quick sign of life from my side, folks!
My mum and dad are occupying the computer so much with their Sardinia stories, I hardly catch sight of it. But now dad is away, working on a big Swedish ferry. My mum is busy with vacuuming the house, to my great annoyance!
Well, my dad’s parents are coming from Sweden on Thursday and mum feels like the whole house needs to be bloody renovated…
Anyway, what I wanted to tell you is, that today, 1st of August, Switzerland celebrates its birthday! So my best wishes and a Happy Swiss National Day – you still look great with your 726 years!
Well….one cat’s joy is another cat’s sorrow….MINE for example!

Jul 29 2017

To Guest on S/V “Blue Moon” – Part 9

May 27th 2017
Saturday morning has actually arrived. Just before 08 o’clock Patrik and I sat outside in the cockpit and drank our coffee.
Of course the sun was shining and people at the marina were busy with fixing and cleaning boats. Some were talking and laughing and a few were leaving with a cooling box and their fishing rods. It was weekend, after all.
The evening before, we had already packed most of our stuff into our car – only the bedding and coffee cups were left. Also, the rest of the foods had to be moved from the fridge into our cooling box.
We were really happy, that we didn’t have to hurry, but could take it easy. One of the cleaning ladies came by and we had a little chat, about where she and we were from, how much we all liked Sardinia (she was originally from Milan) and how our sailing week was. At the end she even offered us some homemade ricotta cheese. Sadly, we had to reject it with thanks, since our cooling box was quite full….what a pity!

Jul 22 2017

To Guest on S/V “Blue Moon” – Part 8

May 26th 2017
At around 1 p.m. we passed “Passo del Bisce”, then the island “Isla Cappuccino”. Unfortunately, there was no invitation for a cappuccino, so we carried on…
Around 2 o’clock Cannigione and it’s surroundings came in sight. We headed for the service station first, in order to fill up the diesel tanks. This was tougher than we thought, cause just when we entered the small harbour, nasty gusts of winds had started and we kept drifting away. Luckily, there was an employee there, helping us with the mooring and refuelling. GRAZIE MILLE, AMICO!
We only needed about 34 litres, which costed us ca. EUR 62.00 – what a happy surprise, how little diesel we had used!
Then, just around the corner, “our” marina came in sight and with it Constantino and another guy, both busy. When they saw us, he waved and pointed out our jetty. Well, easier said than done, with up to 15 knots of wind force! Bloody hell….
After a bit of a tohu-bohu, we finally managed to secure “Blue Moon” safely at the pier – the time was about 2.30 p.m. when we stopped the engines.

Jul 15 2017

To Guest on S/V “Blue Moon” – Part 7

May 25th 2017
We decided it made no sense, keeping the sails up, so we took them down. First the jib, already at 11 o’clock and one hour later the mainsail.   Grudgingly, we started the engines and headed for “Cala di Volpe”. What a shame it was, the sun was radiating, but we had to sit in the cockpit, trying not to get wet, since the waves sometimes smashed over our brave “Blue Moon”. She was surprisingly stable, inside it felt like being on a giant  rocking horse.
Well, it was around 15h when we arrived at the bay. It took us a while to choose a suitable anchor spot, since there were a few other yachts around. 45 minutes later we were done with everything and ready for our aperitif! The next hours we repeatedly measured with the hand bearing compass, to make sure we were secure! And as usual, Patrik sat additionally the anchor alarm in his iPad.

Jul 08 2017

To Guest on S/V “Blue Moon” – Part 6

May 24th 2017
Bongiorno, bella Sardegna!
Today we slept a bit longer than usual, it was 09.15h when I got up. Patrik sat already outside, drinking coffee and enjoying the morning sun.
Our anchoring spot for today would be “Porto Istana”, which lays in “Golfo di Spurlatta”. Since it wasn’t that far away, we took our time, doing WOBBLES and then hiked strolled one last time into “Porto Ottiolu”, to do the last shopping.
This time we visited a tiny shop called “La Cambusa”, hoping to find some fresh bread there. Instead, we were heartily welcomed, and the lady introduced us to a couple of Sardinia specialties. She wanted us to try this and that and even ordered in one of her guests (who was sitting outside). He became our translator and explained, how to eat the delicacies correctly! It was such a lovely experience!

Jul 01 2017

To Guest on S/V “Blue Moon” – Part 5

May 23rd 2017
After 11h we hoisted both sails, the winds had reached a great 7-8.5 knots and we enjoyed another fantastic day on the sea.
While passing “Marina di Puntaldia”, we noticed another marina, a bit south. This one is called “Porto Ottiolu” and after reading about it in “the book”, we decided to spend the night there instead. The price was almost the same: a 6, which means between EUR 70.00-100.00 per night. Lucky we did, as it turned out!
But first we had to accomplish our first tacking – which was around 2 p.m. It went so smooth and perfect, we were almost a bit embarrassed…..Franco would have been proud of us!
Further we went and our next stop was “Porto Ottiolu”.
After a couple of tries, Patrik finally reached someone at the marina, asking if they had room for us. “Yes , of course, we and “Blue Moon” would be very welcome”.

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