Palma to Corsica – August 2008
A day sail and a lunch party in Palma before the serious business of sailing Boo Too over to Corsica via Menorca.
We arrived in Mahon, Menorca in the early morning. Anchored the boat and proceeded to dive on the hull to give it a good clean prior to departure to Calvi in the north of Corsica. Then a quick walk round Mahon and by mid day ready to set sail.
An uneventful sail from Menorca, arriving in Calvi late afternoon on 2 August. A pretty little town. The following day expecting Boo, Jeremy, Tara and her friends to arrive so plenty to do to get Boo Too ready.
An enjoyable evening on board with Boo and party eventually turning up. The following day we sail round to Golfe de la Revellata, a beautiful bay on the north west corner of Corsica.
A good sail from Golfe de la Revellata to a lunch time stop at Anse de Ficajola, a lovely small anchorage with a gorgeous beach. Then in the afternoon an enjoyable sail south to Ille Piana close to Ajaccio.
6 – 8 August
The next few days we meander on down to Campomoro and then back north to Baie de Sagone and on to Girolata before heading south again on 9 August to Ajaccio.
While in Baie de Sagone we watch fire fighting aircraft practice scooping up water and dumping it. These planes fly in low over the bay to give a warning of their intentions but there is no hanging around, speed boats, windsurfers etc beware – get out of the way because here they come again and this time they land, scoop and leave – then dump all in the space of less than 90 seconds! Coming close to Boo Too and at mast height adjacent to us was quite a sight to see.
Girolata was protected at its entrance by a fort, now a ruin, and is a popular bay for yachts. Soaring mountains behind it would have made it a difficult place to assault. Tara, Oscar and Douggie all attempted wake boarding and water skiing in fairly choppy conditions.
Sailed down to Ajaccio, one of the main towns in Corsica. We had problems getting into the old harbour but eventually persuaded the Port Captain to give us a berth – without parting with any money! Had an excellent farewell dinner on board before the young went exploring the night life on offer in Ajaccio!
The following morning we said sad goodbyes to Oscar, Douggie, Kitty and Ginny and a few hours later welcome hellos to Jeremy, George and Henrietta.
10 – 16 August
We sailed from Ajaccio to Campomoro, Cala di Paragnano, Bonafacio (very interesting!), Baia di S Reparata on the north coast of Sardinia, Porto Pollo back once more in Corsica and finally back to Ajaccio. All more of the same with great weather and good sailing.