First boat trip of the year took a little while to track down but well worth the wait. A Benetau First 45 was requiring crew to sail around the northern tip of Sardinia. This boat is more of a racer/cruiser rather than a traditional cruising yacht.
I met the owner and his motley crew in the bar at Wetherspoons at Stanstead airport. We flew into Olbia and got a taxi to Porto Torres, about 45 minutes away. Porto Torres is a port on the north west tip of Sardinia, large ferries come in from Corsica and the Italian mainland.
A short walk from the marina and port are some nice secluded beaches. There are some remains from Roman buildings by the sea, apparantly the only evidence of the Romans in Sardinia.
Our first night away we found a secluded inlet where we stayed for the night, very peaceful.
When we left the next day we saw these big guys hanging around not doing much. They were waiting for some wind so they could go racing. Alas the wind never came so they had to abandon the race. These boats were big, like really big ! Must have been 200ft long with a couple of dozen crew onboard.
The yachts undoubtable came out from Porto Cervo which is the expensive town of Sardinia. Its the place rich people like to be seen in !!
Purely by chance i managed to meet my cousin whilst i was in Sardinia. He was arriving into Alghero to attend a lecture at the university. Fortunately i was flying out of Alghero the next day so dinner was on the cards.
Old town Alghero –
Watching the sunset from the restaurant –
Never worked out why all the lanterns were out, i’m sure there was some sort of festival on. Looked good at night time –
After a few days of sailing the boat returned to Porto Torres. I remained onboard for another few nights doing a few odd jobs and cleaning the boat for its next adventure.