Along the French Riviera & Côte d’Azur – Part Six

10.00 a.m. on 01st September and it’s coffee time! The swells had never stopped, so no wonder we were the only boat left in this bay…… *haha* No reason to stay any longer, so after WOBBLE we started the engine and left.

Next stop was Diano Marina, another night at anchor was planned. During the journey it started to rain a little, but when we arrived at the bay the sun was shining again. It was only us and a motor yacht at anchor. Plenty of space and quietness.

It was obvious that the high season came to an end and most tourists have returned to their daily life.

Later in the evening a Norwegian flagged sailboat arrived and dropped anchor. Hej, hej, SY JEPPY! In exchange, the motor yacht had left earlier.

We made a very tasty Salade Niçoise for dinner – the vegan and fish friendly Vuna-version naturally 🐟

The next day we were woken up ruggedly at 07 a.m. A storm was raging outside, with rain, gusts up to 30 knots and at least ½ m waves (in the bay)! We were glad that we took the weather forecast seriously a couple of days ago, when thunderstorms and high waves were promised. Therefore, we now were so close to Loano, only a stone’s throw away!

However, coffee first – which we JUST accomplished to prepare and even drink without spilling 🤣

We also realized that the Norwegian boat had already left, so it was only us left.

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At 9 a.m. were we ready and started the engine. Our way out to the open sea went smoothly and during the journey the weather calmed down. The sun showed herself and suddenly it was a lovely day again! 😎

Just before lunch we approached the Isolotto Gallinara, which lies just outside Albenga. This private island looks like a sea turtle from the right angle and is under conservation. We read in our smart sailing bible, “Italian Waters Pilot” written by Rod and Lucinda Heikell, a small harbour was lying on the northern side. Even though it is private, boats are tolerated to spend a night there. So we wanted to check it out, might be handy for another time.

It made a positive impression and seemed to be in good condition. One motor yacht was lying inside, otherwise the “marina” was empty.

Soon afterwards it was time to prepare the fenders and lines and just after 1.30 p.m. we were safely berthed at M13, in the Marina di Loano – home sweet home! 😊

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We decided to do as much as possible today, like taking down the dinghy and the SUP’s, wash them, store them (garage for the dinghy, bags for the SUP’s), since rain was promised for the next day.

And poor Luna Azzurra was finally receiving a proper wash! It must have been such a relief for her, getting rid of the salt and dirt! There you go, darling💦

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