Patrik and I have scheduled our big holidays for week 35-37! *YEAH*
Although, it still takes a while until then, Patrik (mostly him) has been looking for a suitable port for Luna Azzurra. We need to haul her out the water, in order to clean her hull and paint it with new antifouling.
So, sadly, we won’t have three joyous sailing weeks, but also some duty to fulfill.
At first we thought, we would sail her to Savona and do the job by ourselves. But since we have never done that before, we didn’t know exactly, how many days we needed to book. And every day on the dry dock costs money of course. Plus Savona itself (the harbour area at least) wasn’t very tempting to stay a week or so. There was no hotel nearby, nor a restaurant. Which means we would have needed a car there.
Therefore, we started to look around, which ports are offering to do this service and what does it cost. Loano itself would have been perfect, of course. We could have rented a lovely apartment or country house somewhere close, plus we would have our car.
The problem was that we didn’t get a clear reply about costs and the time they would need.
Meanwhile, we received an offer from the Marina di Scarlino, in Tuscany. A beautiful place and marina, which provides all kind of services – also the one we were looking for. It also lies very close to Elba, so even a trip to this island would have been possible (before or after the work done on Luna Azzurra).
But when we saw the prices, we quickly discarded this plan. Too expensive (for us at least)!
So in the end, we started to settle with the Marina Cala de’ Medici, in Rosignano Solvay, which also lies in Tuscany! The quotation is absolutely moderate and it specifies clearly the costs for each service. Another plus is that we always got a quick reply, when sending a question to the responsible person (and we had a few, believe me). Luckily, they still have capacity for our boat in week 35, which suits us perfectly.
The funny thing is that Patrik and I have been to this harbour in spring 2018, when we were looking for a sailing boat. We really much liked the marina with its wooden promenade, the nice little boutiques, cozy bars and nice restaurants. Not big, but comfy!
So this week we were checking the last details with the guy in Rosignano Solvay and figured out, what the costs for a rental car would be (absolutely OK).
So that’s our plan, so far: On Saturday, 24th August (when our vacation starts), we’ll drive to Loano. Then, on Sunday morning we shall leave the marina and head for Rosignano Solvay, the trip should take between 17-22 hours – depending on the weather of course. Naturally, we hope for fair winds and sunny summer weather (the average for this time of the year is around 30 deg. C and approx. 15 knots wind).
We agreed with the marina Cala de’ Medici, that on Monday morning (24th August) Luna Azzurra would be handed over. Patrik and I will grab our little bags, get our the rental car (a Fiat 500 maybe??) and head south, discovering the coast line, its surroundings and see how far we come. To see Naples would be nice of course…Or we stay in the area and travel around Tuscany. Visiting Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa….Well, we’ll see!
Hopefully our boat will be ready again until Saturday, 31st August. Then we need to buy all the needed groceries for our trip and enjoy (almost) two weeks of sailing, exploring Elba, maybe Corsica and heading back to Loano.
Well, that’s the plan so far….. We still have to find a competent cat sitter for our darling Odin. Sadly, Cony and her kids are moving away this summer, so she won’t be able to look after him. But we already have a possible successor.
We still have to plan some details and different possibilities about the sailing route, but so far it looks like a straight line from Loano to Rosignano Solvay. Wo-hoo, night sailing again J
For those who are having their vacation now or soon: Happy holidays everyone!