You may have heard about some bad storms in Italy over the last couple of days. One marina at Rapallo (near Genoa) has been destroyed and sadly lives have been lost. We had some heavy weather in Sicily on Sunday and Monday but ITIKI and crew are safely tucked up in Marina di Ragusa, southern Sicily. Its raining still, but we are safe and there is a big community of cruisers living on the marina for winter and lots of social activity going on so we are enjoying it here. Our solar panels have arrived here but no other visible progress on the frame so far. Allegedly it has been made and awaiting delivery to the marina from the workshop 20kms away - they don't seem to have a truck to deliver it - and presumably the idea of fitting solar panels in the rain is not so attractive... public holiday here tomorrow (All Saints Day) so further progress is unlikely. Hopefully the rain abates so we can see a bit of the island by car.
Join us on a virtual tour of the west coast of Sardinia. We loved its wild beauty and deserted anchorages We will be back next year to do the east cost. Meanwhile the weather is pushing us further south.
A quick blog post to share the joy of the perfect crossing from Sardinia to Sicily. I am always a little nervous ahead of an overnighter but could not have asked for better conditions. 15-18 knots at 150 degrees, long swell from the same direction, full moon, clear skies, a little chilly on the dawn watch but I was trussed up like a turkey in my full wet weather gear and PFD.
We really have had a wonderful time in the Balearics, but all good things must come to an end. As our last guests left us the weather started to become unsettled. The clouds came over and we had the first rain we had seen for some time, and it looked like it was set in for a few days. We stayed put on a mooring an extra day just to chill out and do some “housework”. Moving on the next day it is still overcast. Without the sun the calas lack the beautiful turquoise waters we have marvelled at so far, and look nothing like the pictures in the brochures. Travelling north up the east coast of Mallorca now we have the prevailing north east breeze on the nose and we are punching into a nasty, short chop. Now we are evaluating calas for protection against these, rather than how nice they look as venues for SUPing and swimming. It sounds like complaining about being in paradise, but we have to admit we are suffering “cala fatigue” as they are all starting to look much the same. And what is it with those ugly hotel developments?! I bet they make them look really good in the package tour brochures! The short time at Cabrera made us realise we had not been spending much time ashore exploring on land or even getting out for a walk, other than a flying visit to the supermarket to load up on Fever Tree tonic! So we have resolved to change that now.
This island was on our “must do” list when researching the area, and it was great to be able to share it with our guests, Debs and Martin. Declared a national park in 1991 it is highly protected and sensitive area with many rare plants and animals, and a long and diverse history. Here are a few photos of this special place.