We arrived at Calasetta, which is on the north of Sant’ Antioco, to a welcome committee from Arctic Fern, aka Caroline, Howard, Jessica and Olivia. It was nearly five months since we’d last seen them and it was lovely to see them all again.
We had to be in Cagliari for 8th September for our second visitors of this sailing season, Graham and Lesley, so we hopped along the mainland. One of the hops was from Malfatano to Pula which was just two and a half hours, just enough time for a Facetime call with the girls, Tracy and Tracey. We arrived in Cagliari with Arctic Fern and had a bit of reccy of the city. Cagliari seemed quite spread out and so we did a lot of walking!
Yes you’ve guessed it we visited another church, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which has a crypt that holds the remains of 179 martyrs of Cagliari. Portraits of the deceased can be found on the ceiling.
Graham and Lesley arrived and so spent some more time looking around the city.
We left Cagliari and headed to a lovely anchorage at Torre delle Stelle. We had a trip to the beach which made a change. There were a few other boats anchored here, hopefully we didn’t disturb them too much, Ian likes the music loud and Lesley likes to dance!!!
From here we sailed to Villasimius where Lesley and Graham were jumping ship to a lovely hotel across the bay for another week. We’d had a great time, as always.
Unbeknown to us there just happened to be a catamaran event being held here. These were the GC32’s which are foiling cats. Ian was in his element. The UK was being represented by none other than Sir Ben Ainsley and the America’s cup team, Ineos, Team UK. We met up with Arctic Fern again here. They’d been into the marina and Jessica and Olivia had met the team and had been able to go on the UK boat for a photo, well pleased they were! The teams were out practising ahead of the start of the series the following day. Howard called out to them on his PA system, “Go Team UK, we’re rooting for you”. This got him a wave from them. The following day Arctic Fern came onto our boat and we went out to the start line to watch the racing. Unfortunately the wind really picked up and so the racing was abandoned after two races.
The wind now made the anchorage on the Villasimius side untenable, the swell was building and so we decided to move around to the other side of the headland to Porto Giuno. Howard and Caroline got back to their boat but the girls stayed with us as getting into a dinghy would be too hazardous for them with the swell. What a difference on the other side, flat as anything.
We now had to make our way up to Olbia on the NE coast of Sardinia as we had a late planned visit from Jessica. She’s definitely making the most of seeing some of the places we are visiting which is lovely for us. On our way to Cala Luna Ian had the fishing rod out and this time we caught a small yellow fin tuna. Low and behold Arctic Fern also caught one, so fish all round for dinner.
Cala Luna was a popular beach with caves. We arrived at 5 o’clock when most of the tourist boats were departing which is always a good thing. First we had to prepare our catch for dinner, which Caroline kindly showed me, having not done this before, (wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be) and then we went ashore and explored the caves.
On our next passage to Cala Girgola we picked up a stowaway, it never moved from where it came on, Gertrude or could have been Gerald …………. the Grasshopper. Never caused us any bother so we let him cadge a lift. We decided to go on to this cala which was a bit further than we’d originally planned. I realised why by mid afternoon, Ian had timed it so that he could watch the Grand Prix just ahead of our arrival!
We arrived in Olbia a day ahead of Jessica arriving which gave us time to do some shopping etc. Olbia is just under 3nm from the sea. As you get nearer you see what looks like mooring buoys which is odd as there are so many of them bunched up together. We discovered it is a mussel farm. Olbia is a nice town with small narrow streets and we found a nice restaurant in one of them. Jessica chose the crab linguine, looked delicious and apparently it was.
We took a trip back to Cala Girgola for a night. I took some photos of Jessica in the water which I was informed are typical “mum” photos, nothing in the photo but her and water, could be anywhere, no scenery, well I am her mum after all what did she expect, I know next time!
Opposite this anchorage is Isola Tavolara. We ventured over there the following day, unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind to us and it was very windy and raining. We attempted to anchor but it wasn’t happening so we took ourselves back to Olbia to the safety of the Town Quay.
Before too long it was time for Jessica to leave us. It’s always hard having to say goodbye each time but it was great surprise her popping out. We now had to get a move on up to Bonifacio in Corsica to meet our next guests, Gary and Shelley. So Jessica stepped off the boat to get her bus to the airport and we let the ropes go and off we went our separate ways.