Sun, Wind and Thunderstorms in Sardinia – Part One

Finally! It took some time to come home (mentally) and settle into the daily (business-) life again. Our Sardinia holidays are history and, although, it didn’t go at all as planned, we have some exciting stories to tell and many beautiful pictures and movies we want to show you!

Maybe, precisely because it didn’t go according plan, who knows?!

Friday, 14th September 2018

Punctually at 09 o’clock, Michaela and Michael, our dear friends, arrived at our place. Saying hello, packing their bags into our car, a last toilet visit and off we were, leaving at 09.30h.

Patrik was driving and Michael acted as his co-pilot. Michaela and myself settled in the backseats with the cooling box between us (in it a couple of prosecco cans….hehe….).

There’s not much to tell about the trip to Genoa and around 16h we arrived in the big city….and it IS big, loud and chaotic. If I remember correctly, it took us approx.. 1.5 hrs to get to the harbor, due to VERY poor signposting! Luckily, we calculated enough time, so when we finally parked in the correct line for boarding the ferry to Olbia, we went to the bar at the pier and enjoyed a cool drink.

After boarding and getting the keys to our cabins, we went to the outside area and admired the view over Genoa and the huge harbor with its ten of thousands of containers! Afterwards, we went to the Admirals Pub and decided to have dinner on board. The menu seemed promising. Well, we indeed enjoyed a lovely dinner, accompanied by a nice bottle of red wine. This and the whole long day helped that we soon became sleepy and decided to call it a day. The next one would be the REAL start of our holidays! Nighty, nighty….

Saturday, 15th September 2018

At 08h we arrived in Olbia, the sun was greeting us and the temperatures were summerly – as ordered! We drove directly to the Marina of Cannigione, where our catamaran BLUE MOON was awaiting us. We greeted Enzo and Constantino, who we already met last year, it was a happy reunion. Patrik had already arranged from Switzerland (by paying a bit extra), that we can move into our boat already at lunchtime, instead of 18h (which is the usual time).

That proofed to be worth gold, since we were able to go grocery shopping directly (the shops are typically closed between 13h – 16h/17h), fill up the fridge with all the fresh veggies, fruits and other goodies and install ourselves.

In the evening we went to a cozy restaurant and enjoyed a lovely meal, while talking excitedly about our coming adventure. No one knew by then, how everything would turn out different….

Sunday, 16th September 2018

I guess, we didn’t sleep very much that night, but, nevertheless, in the morning, we all were full of energy and ready to sail. Our plan was to find a nice anchor spot for the night, and have an overnight sail the day after. We wanted to reach Cagliari and then enjoy a slow and comfy journey back to Cannigione, along the east coast.

After we left the marina, we soon noticed an unsteadiness in the port side engine. The RPM dropped from 2500 suddenly to 1000 and went up again…something was wrong.

Patrik tried to fix it and it looked like it was OK (some air in the diesel and a loose part, which he fastened. Lucky us, he’s such a handyman!). So we headed for our first anchoring spot called Nodu Piano. We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon with swimming, snorkeling and a nice glass of wine or beer. Later we cooked a tasty dinner and simply were happy!

As it turned out, the engine was not the only problem. Apparently, the batteries were weak as well….we suddenly sat in the dark! So Patrik called Enzo and explained the situation. The conclusion was that the batteries were old and had to be replaced. So we agreed to sail to the Marina di Olbia the next day, where we would meet Enzo with new batteries, around 2 o’clock. Change of plans, but sadly necessary!

Monday, 17th September 2018

After breakfast we lifted the anchor and sailed towards Olbia harbor. Not a beautiful place which one would choose voluntary with a sailing boat: It’s industry, with huge vessels, ferries, mussel farms and it’s big and noisy. We strolled around a bit, went grocery shopping (a few more things) and went back to BLUE MOON around lunch time. At least Enzo, together with Constantino, arrived in time (even half an hour earlier), with three new batteries, which they installed. Patrik also explained about the port side engine, and – after checking – they decided it looks OK now. The air had probably gone from the diesel or hose or whatever the problem was….

Meanwhile, the weather had changed and black clouds showed up in the sky. According to the weather station, some thunderstorms had to be expected during the night. So maybe it was fortune that we couldn’t do our night sailing, but had to stay in a safe harbor…..the rain came quick and fierce, together with some lightning, but it soon was over and the sky became lighter again. We enjoyed the evening on the boat and planned our next day! Sunshine and blue sky was on our wish list and a nice anchor spot – preferably Port Brandinchi….

Tuesday, 18th September 2018

BLUE MOON is leaking…..our matrasses were wet! Not a nice thing to discover, at the beginning of your sailing holidays….. At least the weather was good and we left Marina di Olbia as soon as we could. We headed for Port Brandinchi and looked forward to some snorkeling, swimming and Patrik finally wanted to test his drone of course!

Dolphins suddenly showed up and accompanied us for a while!! That surely lifted our mood, despite our “water beds”. We even spotted swarms of  flying fishes – almost daily, actually! Didn’t know they existed in the Med!

At least we had masses of towels with us, so we tried to dry everything as good as possible, plus the sun was helping too.

We found a safe spot, dropped the anchor and….dark clouds suddenly showed up! No, not again!!  In no time rain was pouring down and we all sat inside, taking pictures, nevertheless. We also started preparing our dinner and after a short while the sun showed up again and after we dried the cockpit area, we were able to eat outside!

Sadly, the weather forecast for the next few days wasn’t much better. Some heavy storms were even predicted, accompanied with high waves and thunderstorms….. Not exactly the weather we’d wished for, really! Anyhow, we had to leave Port Brandinchi and find a safe marina. Santa Maria Navarrese was the aim, so off we went! During our approx. 8 hours journey, the rain started to torture us again, accompanied with uncomfortably high waves! It seemed, the world was going down and the mood was in the cellar….well, under the keel then!

At last, we made it to Santa Maria Navarra around 6 o’clock…..wet, tired and a bit cold (me at least). We never thought that we would be stuck there for the next days….



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