Hi Everyone, Sunday we went to mass at 11 and then just wandered about for a while. Once again the winds kicked up so we went back to the boat. After checking the forecast we decided to move into the harbor on Monday. Al wasn't feeling well and we decided it would be quieter and easier if we were tied to shore. The winds howled from the NE Mon. and Tues.
Italy | Elba Is. | Portaferraio | Artemis moored
Then we decided to move down to Porto Azzuro, Elba on Wednesday making us in a better position for an overnight to Nettuno. It took us over 2 hours to go 6 nm right on the nose with over 2meter seas. Then we made the corner and had a nice down wind sail to Porto Azzuro. We broke one of the slides on the main sail so Al had to fix that when we got in.
Italy | Tyrrhenian Sea | passage to Nettuno
Today we left Porto Azzuro about 900 with 15-20 kts from the NE. We had a great sail for about an hour and then things died down to less than 2 kts so we motored. The winds picked up a bit so we're able to go over 6kts with motor. Beautiful night bright moon and a little warmer than it has been at night. Winds switched more to the east so we were forward the beam on a port tack. (or as Al says a close reach). We arrived in Nettuno around 0800. We are temporarily alongside awaiting to hear from Massomo as to our winter berth. But we're at our winter home! Happy Friday and Happy Halloween weekend. Now it's time for a nap:-) Love and God Bless Sally and Al
October 23, 2010
Hi Everyone, Thursday we decided to start our annual bung project. This involves locating screw heads or worn bungs on our teak decks, scraping the heads clean, removing the screw, countersink the screw hole, put the screw back in with a bit of caulking, and then gluing on a new bung with epoxy. We did 75 bungs on the upper deck and called it a day. Glad we stopped when we did as the slow curing epoxy is still drying. So we have little tuffs of wood poking up all around on the upper deck.
Italy | Elba Is | Portoferraio | Artemis anchored
Yesterday after three weeks in Le Grazie, Italy we decided it was time to start heading south toward Nettuno where we will winter for 6 months. We woke at 0500 and hauled anchor heading 80nm to Portoferraio, Elba. The sun doesn't rise until around 7 so it was cold and dark the first hours. We had light NE winds to start with that built to 25 knots by 1000 and 2 meter seas. The winds gradually clocked around E to SE so eventually it was right on the nose. It was a clear sunshine day so hidden behind our "fort" we were quite comfortable. We arrived at Portoferraio, Elba about 6:30 last night.
Italy | Elba Is.| Portoferraio | from anchorage
Today we installed a new halyard for the staysail and then went to town by dingy. We got some fuel for the dingy motor and visited COOP supermarket for their great olives and some other supplies. The wind kicked up so we had a wet ride back across the bay to Artemis. The wind died off tonight and we grilled our pork chops:-) Have a nice weekend. Love and God Bless Sally and Al
October 20, 2010
Hi Everyone, Happy birthday to sister Kate! We had a cold, windy, rainy weekend. We could have been anchored on Lake Superior. Brrrr we even ran our heater while charging batteries. We are close to the Alps (about 40 miles) so when the wind blows from the north it comes with cold mountain air. After all the rain we got on Sunday and wind on Monday it felt good to get off the boat yesterday.
We took a bus to La Spezia, Italy and caught a train to Genoa for the day. The train ride followed the sea on one side and the snow covered mountains on the other. We traveled one tunnel after another. It must have take years to complete it. What a wonderful surprise, Genova, such an amazing city. Our college days memories of Genoa were of a dirty, crime filled seaport. The nuns wouldn't even let the girls leave our hotel. Genoa had Expo 1992 and was named European City of Culture in 2004.
Italy | Genoa | Piazza de Ferrari
We left the train in Statione Brignola and walked the gorgeous boulevard Via XX Settembre, spying Piazza dell o Vittoria (arch di Triumphe type monument), Mercato Orientale (a huge fruit, vegetable, meats, fish and flowers daily market inside a building), gorgeous buildings and arched covered mosaic walkways, ending in the fabulous Piazza de Ferrari. The center piece is a huge bronze fountain and this huge piazza is surrounded by magnificent buildings two of which are palaces.
Italy | Genoa | Old city
The Old City is a maze of winding streets and walkways of homes and shops with one beautiful piazza after another. The richness of the seaport is reflected in the number of fabulous palaces (over 50)and the magnificent churches(over 40). The