Preparation for departure continued and slowly the list got shorter as we resisted adding more things on the other end… Our good friend Mattia on the case kindly chasing down his contacts.
Bimini clear needed replacing = Instant improved playground for the kids.
As an example of the excellent service and lovely people we found in Italy. We arrived almost unannounced at sail loft and these lovely ladies from Sailorwear / Arnaudo Battagli did a beautiful job right then to replace the clear in the bimini at reasonable price. The list goes on and on with CCCU supplying many o-rings, Neon Ares cutting replacement plexiglass for a hatch, Isopo & Parma a stunning wooden craftsman workshop etc.
More work servicing the small outboard. Very happy to get it sorted and running sweetly after finding a stuck float needle valve. Only took a few hours!
And more unglamorous work continued when I found the old diesel containers had contaminated the main tank with diesel bug.
On the critical list was Man need good BBQ… Thanks Craig for the recommendation.
And all too soon it was time to say goodbye to our friends in La Spezia. I hope we can catch up again.
Kids had made friends with some of the children from the marina overcoming the language barrier with a little help from technology.
Big thank you to Cristina, Marco, Roberto and the excellent staff at Marina Del Fezzano! We Highly recommend their marina!
Great to meet you and look forward to catching up Monica, Mattia, Cesare and the Orza sailing school crew.
Suffering a severe case of Nervitius we were watching the weather forecast and waiting for the last few packages to arrive before making the big jump across to Corsica. There was time for one more mega chocolate filled croissant from the lovely local café.
Bye bye La Spezia.
When will summer arrive? Our full monty wet weather gear and beanies are still getting a work out.
Crossing was a good shake down sail. Literally. Close hauled into 20-25 knots for 95Nm… (190km) It went a bit like this.
With occasional washing of the foredeck like this.
Drakkar performed very well, trucking along hard on the wind with second reef in the main and full jib at 6.5-8 knots and the kids were happy playing.
We were sailing into a moderating forecast and by dusk the seas had calmed down and we were joined by dolphins and ended up motoring the last couple of hours in flat clam into I’le Rousse at 3am. Phew.
Next morning had the kids well excited and us a little tired.
Proudly lying the Q flag for the first time!