December 1, thursday
Today I should have left Toulon.
This did not happen because I watched a gribfile that told me that there wouldn´t be any wind until saturday. OK I´ll stay for a while.
December 2, friday
I can fix some more things on the boat. Can also have a better look at the town. I can wash the laundry: clothes, sheets, pillowcases, towels and more. I have an extra pair of sheets and quilt covers after my two guests Lars and Marita.
It came up with two eight kg machines and 20 min tumble for each. It cost me 12 €. It also had to be some waiting time and also a couple of waiting beers in the bar across the street. Very well situated this bar was I would say. I had a nice conversation with two frenshmen and the bartender while wating for my laundry to finish. One of the frensh guys offered me a free beer. Down here it is a custom to kiss on the cheek so he got one.
Back in the boat I had to hang up some things that were not really dry. Somehow I managed to hang em up - and starting the heater!! It´s a WEBASTO air heater and I call it Vedbastu. This is swedish for "wooden heated sauna". It dried during the evening. Wonderful!!
December 3, saturday
Today I will leave, but it is blowing rather good already in the morning. Is there a faulty in the grib forecasts? They use to be very reliable.well it won´t be more than 12 to 16 knots and also from behind.
At one I loosened my lines and went over to the harbour office to return the plastic card I had to get in and out on the bridge. In the capitaineria they said that I had payed for the card and yes I recalled that I had payed 15 €. Now the play started. In a box they have the envelopes they put the money in, writing the card number, the signature and put two staples in. Neighter of this was done. The envelope was there with the card number but no signature and no staples and also no money. Very peculiar they said and me too. I reallized that this could take long time to make a closer research in this matter so I backed and said that it had to bee. I was going to Corsica. Damned Capitainer. Someone maybe had a thrill.
I went away and had very good winds out and set the new course directly to Corsica, the southern part. The wind increased more and more and so did the wave hight. Until I reallized that it would never work that during the following 24 hours be able to sit by in this turning, dancing hell. The Mistral must have come one day earlier than said. It should not start until sunday and then I would already be on Corsica. When I saw the impossibility to go on in this dancing show I just had to try getting north to nearest island to get some lee and shelter against theese obscenities.
Thanks to a good seachart program in a good but old computer and also a radar I managed in this black night to get back to the coast and hopefully some shelter. I found a little nice bay which had to get more acquainted by my ancor. Wonderfully peaceful in all this mess. Puh!!
I left this paradise, it showed to be a nature conservation area around the island, and set the course on a harbour to stay in til the Mistral ended.
I found one straight north, Bormes les Mimosas, a private club in an excellent class.
December 4 - 7, sunday - wednesday
Have now been here from sunday to wednesday and has got a new stand to support the poles for radar and solarcells sideways. It broke in one end on the wirling scenes of Poseidon.
I think I can leave on thursday afternoon to sail down to Corsica, Ajaccio, about middle on west coast. We´ll see how this will end.
Hoping for good winds and a forgiving Poseidon.
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Now Björn has no internet connection and Åsa is writing.
December 8-9, thursday, friday
Now the winds were more gracious, and Björn has sailed from the French mainland to Corsica and a little bay in the proximity of Ajaccio to cast the ancor.
December 10, saturday
This day, after going into Ajaccio, was dedicated to check out the city, but the harbour fee was high so after a trip to town the trip had to go on.
December 11, sunday to monday 12
Now Älvan is in another bay on ancor appr. 10 M from Bonifacio. Tomorrow the most southern and most beautiful city (according to tourist broshures) on Corsica will be seen closer. Then the eastern coast of Sardinia will be found.
December 13, tuesday
Italy in sight! Now there is knowledge in Italian language taken into account. Call Angela if its getting hard!
December 14, wednesday
La Caletta is next stop for Björn and Älvan.
Tomorrow it will be Santa Maria di Navarrese at the emerald coast (emerald green waters, white shores, cliffs, cork trees and wineyards. The Sardinian answere to the French Riviera!). Here he will stay for some days cause bad weather is coming. Maybe it´s OK to stay right here, Björn!
December 15, thursday
Now in Santa Maria di Navarrese
A very fine harbour and a very nice responce from the harbour officers who also were speaking english very good. Everything tip top.
December 17, saturday
I have now rented a little Fiat 500 for two days just to explore some of the inner areas of Sardinia. Right now in an internet café in Cagliary. Will have something to eat before I continue. It´s just that I can´t get anythig to eat before 7 or 8 PM. It´s closed until then. They have such bad habits down here, eating in the night!!
Tomorrow I have to return the car if I don´t decide to rent it one day extra.
Yes, I´ll keep the car one day moore. Now I´ve seen southern part of Sardinia, both east-and west coast and have slept two nights in B&B. I had a closer look at Oristano on the west coast, Cagliary and Villasimius on the south coast and Arbatax close south to Santa Maria di Navarrese where the boat is moored.
A summary of this tour is that it is a wild, beautiful scenery, way off our tame at home but also beautiful, sights.
December 19 - 20, monday, tuesday
Leaving for Porto Corallo where I could stay for free but without electricity and water, quite OK, I have my own. I took a trip to the ”nearby” town with my bike, 7 km, to get some food. Ran overturn in the city and had my skin torn away on my right hand thumb. In a café, waiting for the supermarket to open 4.30, I got some care from the waitress and got both wound cleaning fluid and adhesive plasters and also a ”birra lokale”. Perfect!! In Sardinia, or as they spell it in italia, Sardegna, they have a very good beer, Ichnusa, and I bought a whole case with this beer, 33 cl, in Oristano on my trip around with the little Fiat.
December 21, wedesday
Leaving Porto Corallo to sail all the way to Cicily but has only sailed three M when the coast guard, Guardia Costiera, comes up to me asking where I am going. I shout to them- Marettimo!! which is situated just 10 M before Cicily but they don´t understand and I don´t understand that they want to talk with me on channel 10 on VHF. They show me 10 fingers and I think that they mean that it´s going to blow 10 beaufort which is a very strong gale. It´s already blowing a lot now, perfect for my travel, so I have some job to return to the harbour. In the harbour I later am told by one of these guys on the coast guard ship that it´s going to be a shooting exercise out there north. But I was going east south east, ESE, to Cicily and had not come close at all to their shooting area. At 1 PM they said that now I could go. At 1.20 I started again with NW wind. After 148 M I reach the harbour Scalo Nuovo on the island Marettimo. It is just beginning to get dark and is a very high sea, at least 4 meters, and I´m happy to maybe get some rest.
Wrong!!!! It shows that there is no shelter for these waves, they are going around the peer, the wave breaker, and my boat is forced forward- backward 3 – 4 meters, quite violently. I don´t want to go back out in these high waves, it´s dark now, but tries to decrease the back and forth movement by puttin some rubber feathers on the lines.
This was not very helpful. All night I was awake listening to the lines breaking one by one. Out and change the line. This was not the only thing that happened. Three of my bollards were also torn away, both in the front and one in the aft. They were set fast with two 14 mm thick bronze screws each. Afterwords when i could study them it looked as they were cut off by a saw. I got one of their thick ropes to bind up in the peke. But the other of their thick ropes that was in the aft broke. It was very old. I was lucky to have a lot of lines in different lenghts and sizes. They broke one by one. This was a mare dream scenario.
December 24, saturday, xmas eve
Leaving this dreadful harbour at 10.55 and arrive in Trapani on Cicily at 2.30 PM after only 10 M in a good winds sailing. I find a birthing place at Lega Navale Italiana and can celebrate my Christmas in a calm, peaceful place.
Here I stay for 5 days and gets new screws for my bollards. One of them disappeared in the sea. Will get a new one when I come home. Cannot find something like this down here. Seasea at home has this type of bollards. I also got an internet key and an Italian cellphone simcard. Now I´m equipped again.
December 29, thursday
From Trapani to Terrasini it is 34 M but this place is just a little fishing harbour. Nothing important to see there. I got stuck in the harbour at the bridge but got loose again fairly easy. Not a harbour for sailors. No pay.
December 30, friday
Leaving Terrasini and arriving Palermo at 1.30 PM. Just 22 M.
December 31, saturday, New Years Eve
In Palermo on New Years Eve. It was banging so you could think that the whole Maffia were out shooting wildley around. But it was not that dangerous. I went up to the town looking for a supermercato. No supermercato. Just a little store but they had almost everything I wanted. In this street and one more, around 200 meters each, there were sales stands with everything you need. I bought some here too. After unloding these wares in the boat I made one more round and got both fish and elephant ears, these big, thin meat slices, and some more supplies. Must charge for the next very long step. I´m going to sail the whole north side of Cicily up to Bagnara on the main land of Italy, close to the Messina sound. All night it takes.
2011 is ended, finished, fini!