Our anchorage Today we climbed up the volcano. It’s around 25 kms north of Sicily and is the southernmost of the Eolie (as the Italians call them) or Aeolian islands. There’s a 2.5 hour path and you need a hat, water bottle, sun protection, and good ankle support. On the mud carved path to Gran Cratere, almost at the top! All the way up we saw the beautiful view of the sea. On the way the landscape changed till we reached the crater with the yellow coloring, smoke and beautiful view. A really unique experience and the climbing is worth it. From this point, it’s only about 20 Minutes left to get to the top. I have to say, I was so excited when I saw the crater! It’s such a unique experience… The views into the crater are excellent. A day on Vulcano can be a perfect dolce vita day: after the hike, have a long lunch, then relax at one of the island’s famous black beaches or hit the thermal springs. The Gran Cratere wasn’t spewing lava or anything, it had collapsed in on itself one hundred years ago, but there were thick sulphur fields to the East, blowing plumes of toxic smoke out into the world…. Drone shot Golden Hour on North Star! More drinks….
Ankunft vor der Marina Beach unter der Altstadt Als am Abend die Sonne untergeht und der Vulkan Stromboli in der Ferne über dem Meer zu schweben scheint, sind wir schon oben auf der Piazza von Tropea in Kalabrien. Der Blick von der auf einer Felsklippe gelegenen Stadt in die Ferne ist so etwas wie ein Konzentrat von Italiens Süden. Wir wurden hier super nett empfangen von sympathischen Weltumseglern (North Star), die uns bereits von Instagram kannten. Die North Star liegt in der Marina direkt neben uns, eine wunderschöne Hallberg 54 und die Eigner sind so nett, dass wir gleich den Abend miteinander verbringen. Wir lernen so viel von den beiden und wir sind happy, dass sie auch mit der ARC über den Atlantik wollen, also die gleiche Route 🧭 planen wie wir. Die North Star Crew In Tropea begegnen uns die roten Zwiebeln überall. Auf der Pizza, als Pasta-Soße, im Salat oder als Brotaufstrich – die besonders milden Cipolle fehlen in kaum einem Gericht und sind zu Zöpfen geflochten ein beliebtes Mitbringsel. Unser Freund und neues Crew Mitglied Thomas ist gut angekommen und überraschte uns heute Morgen schon mit Rührei alla Tomaso!!! Gourmet-Alarm an Bord! Oh happy day … In der Altstadt von Tropea gibt es viele Cafés, Restaurants, kleine Boutiquen und die typisch italienischen Gassen. Einfach bezaubernd.. Außerdem haben wir noch Paar aus Cosenza kennengelernt, die wir nächste Woche wieder auf den Vulkan-Inseln treffen wollen. Die Marina direkt vor der Altstadt ist teuer, sauber und liegt traumhaft…. Tropea Marina Man erreicht übrigens vom Marina-Steg aus ganz schnell zu Fuß die Altstadt und ein Supermarkt ist auch direkt im Hafen. In der Altstadt gibt es einige interessante Feinkost-Läden…. Cipolla Rossa grandissima Ambra ist jetzt wieder voll beladen und es geht gleich los zu den Vulkan-Inseln, zusammen mit der North Star! [...]
Beautiful cliffs and a pink sail! No filter La Spiaggia del Buon Dormire beach is is one of Cilento’s top beaches, located on Cape Palinuro in the region of Campania, in a natural place with very picturesque views, among the mountains, surrounded by the cliffs. It is partially covered by trees which give natural shade. It is a tiny several bays coastline with crystal blue water and golden sand, so you don't need special shoes. The entrance to the water is very smooth. Attention! It is partially crowded during the high season…. Buondormire is a safe anchorage where to drop the anchor and stop in wonderful blue waters, near the Natural Arch. It is well-appreciated by sailors for its uncomparable natural beauty and clean sea. The area offers a good shelter from winds and it is generally quiet at night. It's not by change that it's called "Buon dormire" (sleeping well). The anchorage post is a sort of pure heaven on earth, surrounded by a rich green vegetation and a wonderful sea. Cala Bianca (Marina di Camerota) Some years ago “Cala Bianca Beach“ was voted the "most beautiful beach in Italy". La Cala is an oasis white, inscribed between two rocky outcrops and lush lapped by clear blue sea, usually light blue, sometimes deep blue (depending on the time of day and the position of the sun).The beach is made of small pebbles rounded, white, who ended up giving the name to the same place. Ristoro Pozzallo near Cala Bianca Cala Bianca
Beautiful Agropoli The Cilento Coast is one of the most exciting regions to discover on a sailboat ! From Salerno, sailing south will reveal some "gems" of the coast such as Paestum, Agropoli, Palinuro, Acciaroli and many others. It’s the perfect combination of culture and natural beauty. We love Agropoli, a place that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cilento, a seaside town rich in history. A cliff overlooking the sea at the southern end of the gulf of Salerno: Agropoli Don’t miss the best MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA CAMPANA DOP ! @ Caseificio Polito The PDO buffalo mozzarella, proposed in different sizes, as well as ricotta, caciocavallo and scamorza both white and smoked, are made exclusively with their own MILK produced in the buffalo breeding. More information: www.caseificiopolito.it If you love history and archaeological sites, then you should make sure to include in your Italy itinerary a visit to the stunning Greek and Roman archaeological site of Paestum. Located in Campania, less than 1 hour drive South of Salerno, Paestum is home to three Greek temples of outstanding beauty and to a beautiful museums with unique burial paintings from the V century BC. The best dock and Service www.yachtingclubagropoli.com Golden hour Luciano and his little Bar and Restaurant al Centro storico (Agropoli)
Paradise!!! ⚓️⚓️⚓️ Tonight we anchored in front of a little pearl between Vietri Sul Mare and Cetara. The Giardini del Fuenti - Restaurant Limoneto is a charming panoramic garden-terrace with an uncomparable seaview!!! The location is breathtaking and everything is taken care of in detail. The terraces slope towards the sea, opening a view that embraces the entire Gulf of Salerno. At the end of the 19th century, the Fuenti area was a green promontory, on which lemons, oranges, mandarins, olives, and grapes were grown. A suggestive glimpse of the Amalfi Coast, where wine was produced, and animals were raised, a place already praised by the great English writers in the Grand Tour. No filter The Riva del Fuenti restaurant inside the hotel is led by chef Michele De Blasio. That hollow in the heart of the mountain has been restored to its natural appearance, arranged and dressed with its second skin, the large terraces of Giardini del Fuenti. Giardino dei Fuenti is something different, unique and very special and one of the best places in Italy to get married ! Thank you, Alessandra De Flammineis for having us…
Our Anchorage in front of the Faraglioni The beautiful island of Capri, just three miles off Punta della Campanella at the southern end of the Bay of Naples, is one of the most famous in the Mediterranean. Good morning Marina Piccola is the a sheltered harbour on Capri (although only in northerly winds - it is completely open to the south). It consists of a wide bay bordered on the east side by three impressive sea stacks, i Faraglioni. The anchorage here is very busy in high season and you will need to anchor wherever possible. The best shelter (if you can get in there) is in the cove under the restaurant built out on the rocks, where the depths are 6.0 - 10.0 metres and the holding is good on sand. Drone shot in the morning Anacapri am Vormittag. Bellissima. Wir LUSTWANDELN…. Auf dem Weg finden wir Sandalen und Carthusia Profumo. Dann genießen wir San Michele, eine Schöpfung von Axel Munthe. Er war noch ein junger Arzt als er beschloss, seine Träume und Ambitionen in die Tat umzusetzen: er ließ sich in einem Haus auf Anacapri nieder. Das Haus wurde später auf der ganzen Welt durch Munthes schriftstellerisches Werk "Das Buch von San Michele" berühmt. Anacapri Taxi Villa Munthe Anacapri Best Crew Night ride with Tender
Positano anyone? Positano is definitely the photogenic star of the Amalfi Coast. Anywhere you stay will have stunning views (most likely with terraces). Don’t miss the awesome ‘Casa e Bottega’, a charming little Cafe and concept store owned by Tanina Vanacore. Tamina Vanacore style! Casa e Bottega Positano for me is the essence of quality and passion! We enjoyed great fruit smoothies, avocado toast and we bought some beautiful block printed linen & porcelain. Best breakfast in town! Positano is a magical place with cute alleyways and winding stairs everywhere you turn. And it possesses a certain charm that few places do but like all wonderful destinations, Positano is crowded, especially if you go during the summer months. Isn’t it lovely? Make sure you go early if you want to enjoy capturing Positano in its quieter charm. Breakfast is the best way to start your day. Positano lifestyle Our anchorage (up to 30 knots of wind at night) Tanina and her charming son…
Drone flight…. Can you spot Ambra? Ponza is one of the most spectacular of all the Italian offshore islands, its busy harbour ringed with huge rock pinnacles and its shores dotted with impressive natural rock formations. As you arrive with your boat, your eyes will be glued to the the green landscape, the fascinating rock incisions and the charming colors of the island’s characteristic port. White cliffs and crystalline water Ponza island was inhabited since the Neolithic era, but got its name during the Roman period, from the infamous governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate. It lies along the West coast of Italy, almost exactly halfway between Rome and Naples, with connectivity to the mainland guaranteed by boat and ferry services. Ancient colonizers of the island include the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, all of whom left their imprint on the landscape. Lunch is ready We had a fantastic apertivo and dinner with Anette and Mark, and a great view of the harbor! The best anchorage is on the west side of the bay. Anchor in 5.0 - 6.0 metres in mud. The anchorage is sheltered from all directions except NE to E. 100% Fun Crew With strong easterlies, Chiaia di Luna on the west side of the island offers better shelter. 40°53.620'N, 012°57.091'E Beautiful Anchorage The island comes to life between June and September, when tourists flock from all over Italy to escape the Italian summer heat. Summer temperatures in Ponza usually hover around 25.5 C and rarely surpass 29 C. You can expect sunny weather with a side of sea breeze. In May Ponza has a relaxed, casual feel. Locals are known for being warm and welcoming. During the reign of the Roman Empire, nobility built vacation villas on the island. When the Empire fell, the island was completely abandoned. [...]
Sailserver tracks all your sailing activity automatically and makes it easy to share it with your friends. The system is so easy to install and keeps a detailed logbook online. In addition, you can setup anchor alarms, when you leave your boat and get an alert in case the boat will drift. The product was invented by Jorg Ulrich Hansen, a passionate sailor who experienced the demand and build the system. The company is based in Denmark. Installation The installation is plug and plug. You need to connect the system only to the NMEA2000 bus on your vessel. It will take the power from the NMEA bus and there is no need to add extra power cables. In terms of power consumption, the system will draw 90mA at 12V, which is 1,1W and therefore very power efficient. The system is always online The system is always online and has a build in SIM card. You do not need to worry about connectivity and extra subscription cost. When you buy the product the cloud service and SIM card subscription is included. I installed the system under deck and the system has no connectivity problems. In case you sail to fare offshore without mobile coverage, Sailserver will continue to log all the data on the system and upload the data to the cloud when the system will be able to automatically re-connected. Since the installation is so easy it might be an option to take a Sailserver along on your next charter trip. Here are some details from our first week testing the system - its so easy and great: Registration After you have registered your Sailserver at www.sailserver.com the system will be online. You will be able to control your recorded data and decide the [...]
Our route to Giglio Giglio Anchorage As you sail across the waters of the Tuscan Archipelago, the Island of Giglio will appear before you like a colorful band of houses painted in friendly pastel colors. Among these houses are powerful yet majestic towers used for defense against the pirates and other invaders many years ago. Hiking to the market… Cafè first! Leave your dinghy well protected Surrounding it all is the classic, lush, and rich Mediterranean vegetation. This poetic vision will capture both your heart and your soul before you even step foot onto this little magical island off of the coast of Italy. We went for a little hike this morning to buy some fresh 🐟, vongole and fresh fruits on the local market… King of Vongole La Pasta è pronta! One of my favorite anchorages in the Med is right around 80 meters away from the harbour of Giglio Porto, where the Costa Concordia hit the rocks Scogli delle Scole 10 years ago! Giannutri Island ! Giannutri Island There are only two permitted accesses to the coast: Cala Maestra and Golfo Spalmatoi. If you prefer the latter, winds from the east and south-east do not blow here, but all the others do. Cala Spalmatoi is in itself a nice place to drop anchor, if it weren’t for the fact that it is all taken up by permanent moorings. Our pool is the ocean If you do find space, remember that it is compulsory to anchor at least one hundred metres away from the red and white buoys indicating the area for bathers. The only pier is reserved exclusively for authorised motorboats. It should be noted that Cala Spalmatoi does not have any services for private boats: no water, fuel or electricity, and there are no toilets. Unfortunately, anchoring [...]
Months of planning and preparation are complete and we're off the dock and cruising again! Portoferraio is usually the first destination for those who visit Elba island. Portoferraio From the sea, the city appears immersed in an inlet protected by ramparts: Portoferraio was in fact built around a series of de Medici fortifications requested by Cosimo I de Medici in the 16th century. The historic center has a unique charm and develops along the side of a small hill. North-west from the center you can reach the beautiful white beaches of Le Ghiaie, Capo Bianco, and Padulella. The beauty of this city also enchanted Napoleon himself, who chose Portoferraio as his main residence. When arriving in Portoferraio, be sure to pay attention to the ferries. It is a very busy ferry lane. It is best to cross the ferry lane as quickly as possible and by the shortest possible route. Reaching Portoferraio, you can moor in the ancient mooring “Darsena Medicea”, or in the mooring of the yard “Esaom Cesa”. You can have also a safe anchorage. Tips for anchoring Fetovaia Beach We highly recommend the beautiful little sandy bay of Fetovaia, where you will be moored at about 10 metres. The Elviscot wreck is but a short way away. In addition, Lacona Bay is also a perfect place to moor in winds of up to 25 knots. There is, however, limited protection against stronger winds and waves. Don’t miss Marina di Campo! When you reach Marina di Campo, you will find the largest beach on Elba Island right next to it. You can anchor in front of it and go for a stroll on the beach or visit the village and the lighthouse.The place is magnificent. The village, the sunsets, the beach and the surrounding natural spaces contribute to [...]
Der Capitano ist happy. Ambra ist jetzt voll beladen, sogar die Satelliten-Anlage ist noch rechtzeitig angekommen. Wir benötigen sie erst für die Atlantik-Überquerung aber wir werden sie schon Anfang Mai einbauen lassen. Wir räumen, ordnen, installieren, organisieren und sind bezaubert von der Stimmung hier in der Marina. Einfach überwältigend… Front row!!! Pic by Nautorswan Die Regatta Swan Tuscany Challenge ist im vollen Gange und wir dürfen mitten drin liegen. Mittlerweile kennen wir hier unglaublich viele tolle Menschen und alle sind einfach nur happy hier sein zu können. Auch die Segel-Profis und unsere Freunde bei Nautor sind stolz und glücklich in diesen Zeiten ein so großes Event hier durchführen zu dürfen. Borlenghi drone shot of Ambra 😂 Wir sind Team “Earlybird” und fiebern mit Hendrik und Team ! Team Cuordileone (Ferragamo) links neben Earlybird ganz schick in red! Überraschung! Mitten zwischen den Regatta-Schiffen hier in Scarlino liegt unsere erste Liebe “Victoria “, eine Hallberg Rassy43 !!! Sie hat uns sicher von der Ostsee bis nach Marmaris gebracht. Ex Victoria HR43…I’m still in love! 5 Jahre hatten wir so viel Spaß mit ihr. I’m still in love with her, sie heißt jetzt Mogador und segelt mit unserem Freund Gilberto um die Welt. Jedes Mal wenn ich sie sehe verdrücke ich ein Tränchen. Alte Liebe rostet nie… Juhu, die Crew ist vollzählig. Silvia und Angela sind da und wir haben so viel Spaß. Wir sind ein altbewährtes Team, wir kennen uns 30 Jahre und rocken diese Woche gemeinsam Elba… Happy days with these two 💕 Beladung abgeschlossen ✔️ Kiste von Alutec Months of planning and preparation are complete and we're off the dock and cruising again! Erste Aufnahmen mit der insta360 auf dem Weg nach Elba! Nautorswan owners Party! Grande!!! Ein tolles Event! Ready to rock it!
Sailing across the Atlantic in the tradewinds is one of the biggest adventures in sailing. In most cases, the crossing is the culmination of years of planning and preparation. We are living in Germany and Austria but we are planning to live on board most of the time. We are still working and our goal has been to have a boat as a “mobile office and Hotel” for ourselves, family and friends, and sail across the Atlantic. We are still working out the best gear and preparation for undertaking the adventure. Whether you have a large yacht or a small one, you can do it, and we hope our tips help you winnow the things you need from those you could do without. From weather forecast information to safety equipment, running watches to provisioning or even crew selection, we’ve got some top tips for you. And it will be continuously updated each week with more, so check for the latest information. Our current plan is to leave Tuscany end of April and sail across the Atlantic with the ARC 2022. The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, also known as the ARC, is an annual transatlantic rally which was first run in 1986. Arc 22 !!! The original ARC, starts in November in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and ends in Rodney Bay, St Lucia before Christmas. Then we will potter around the Caribbean for a year or so and, if all is going well, go through the Panama Canal into the Pacific and continue round the world. Stay connected, beautiful people!
Nature: It's pure magic, and we get to experience it front row, every single day. The peace and beauty of nature. The ocean, wildlife, magnificent sunsets, the ever so changing weather- we're part of it all by living in the midst of it. The raw and unforgiving ocean doesn't make things up or pretend, it's just there, does what it's always done and will do so till the end of the days. There is something extremely relieving with living in a natural and unpretentious world like that. It is what it is, no one is ever going to change that. I love that thought. The purity of it. The sun will get up and give you light each morning, the water will carry you across oceans if you're conscious enough. Nature is a source of life. We are all in same boat! Nature is a source of life and every one of us is in a transition right now! We think life is going to be linear, and we are completely unnerved when it’s not. We’re comparing ourselves to an ideal that doesn’t exist and beating ourselves up for not achieving it. And the pandemic has made this problem only worse. What’s unique about this moment with this pandemic is that for the first time in a century, the entire planet is going through the same lifequake at the exact same time. According to author Bruce Feiler, these big life transitions have three phases: (1) the long goodbye, when you mourn the old you; (2) the messy middle, when you shed your old habits and create new ones; and (3) the new beginning, when you unveil your fresh self. Three phases of life transitions It’s essential that you don’t go through transitions by yourself. Share your experience with others — [...]
ARC 22 - we are so excited! The ultimate plan is to cross the Atlantic this year so although we could spend a lifetime in the Mediterranean! The earliest time for our Atlantic crossing from the Canaries along the NE trade wind route is after the middle of November, as such a departure ensures that landfall in one of the Caribbean islands is made in early December at the beginning of the safe winter season. Spring/Summer 22: Our route from Tuscany to Sicily to Mallorca The majority of round the world voyages undertaken by cruising sailors are sailed from east to west for the very good reason that such a route benefits from mostly favourable conditions. With good planning the prevailing wind systems will ensure that most sailing will be done in trade wind conditions, and the timing also avoids being in a critical area during the tropical storm seasons. Mallorca-Gibraltar Check out our route 🧭 Gibraltar-Madeira-Gran Canaria-St.Lucia It’s all about choosing the right route!
50.000 followers on Instagram makes me realize how blessed I am and how many of you share our passion. We know that the moment you chose to click on the "Follow" button you decided to be part of our sailing community. We thank you for this. Believe in yourself cause everybody else does. Sometimes we are our own enemy and stop ourselves from growing. Every day, every day we wake up, we need to tell ourselves that we matter. Realize there are people you inspire to greater heights! This one worked. It's truly ancient wisdom, as Ovid wrote it: “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force, but through persistence.” Thank you for coming along for the ride, sharing your stories, and engaging with us! Hop over to Instagram
Buongiorno Venezia! From the moment you step into the sleek, highly polished wooden speed boat at Venice airport or Piazzale Roma, one is transported into an intensely romantic world of eye-watering beauty and cultural infusion. Venice is known as the city of canals. We 🤎 the charm of all things Italian — great food, beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery. But it also feels a bit like stepping back in time….. The Bauer Palazzo gives the perfect taste of Venetian elegance to accompany our stay. Like a jewel on the edge of the Grand Canal, just moments from St Mark’s Square, the Venetian palazzo combines modern luxury with sumptuous hand crafted Venetian fittings and furnishings. The Bridge of Sighs Go INSIDE the Bridge of Sighs – don’t just stare at it from outside How to do it: Instead of sticking with the crowds, take a tour of the Doge Palace and the prisons. Wander through the Bridge of Sighs, take a look out over Venice, sigh and be grateful you’re not off to be beheaded! A visit to the prisons and a walk inside the Bridge of Sighs is included in the tour I took and highly recommend! The bridge is named Ponte dei sospiri because prisoners inside the Doge Palace would walk through the interior of the bridge on the way to their execution in St Mark’s Square. The bridge and the tiny lattice gaps gave prisoners their very last view out over Venice before they died. And that last view is thought to have induced a final sigh at Venice’s beauty, hence the name: Bridge of Sighs. Don’t miss a short trip to a rainbow! Burano, a small fishing island set within the Venetian lagoon, is a carnival of colour ! ENJOY THE MOST COLOURFUL HOUSES IN ITALY…We spent a [...]
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Now, have you heard of an anti-bucket list? It could also be called “things I would like to avoid at all costs.” My new anti-bucket list: *Wait until the right time to sail the world! You can always find an excuse not to go somewhere. But if you wait until retirement to sail away, you may have to contend with rotten knees and bad backs — or you might not make it at all. *Equate busyness with a productive life: Having a packed calendar 📆does not mean you have a productive, meaningful life. When a pandemic forces you to empty your schedule, you can suddenly see how unnecessary some of those meetings were. *Ignore your health: You know that it is vital to move your body every day, but it is easy to find excuses. *Bungee jumping! I thought I was going to die and then once you realize you’re ok you go all the way back up to fall again, terrifying. *Get a tattoo: It’s hard enough to pick out a hairstyle or new set of glasses that I know will affect how I look for months/years to come. *Visit tourist attractions during peak season in Italy: I lost my mind on an hourly basis. The crowds have no mercy. *Hang out with toxic people: Don’t hang out with people who always complain and are cynical about life. But what about your “anti-bucket list”? 🤎🍂🙏 Please comment below ⬇️ "Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth."
Don’t use high-pressure cleaners! Wash your teak with fresh or salt water using only a soft brush! Teak decks are one of the solutions for marine or boat decking. They also have practical benefits too. Such as:- • Anti-slip – they are a great safety feature as the teak wood is naturally rough and therefore is anti-slip under pretty much all weather conditions. • They also provide a good insulating effect on the interior of the yacht as well as keeping the temperature of the deck itself fairly cool in hot temperatures. Correct teak deck maintenance is an important aspect of any yacht care program and looked after correctly a teak deck will last for many many years. Wash your teak deck frequently as you would with any deck with fresh or salt water using only a soft brush. Don’t use high-pressure cleaners, they will blow out the soft wood component of the teak leaving ridges and will force you into prematurely sanding your teak decks. Don’t use hard brushes or household cleaning solvent as again these can hurt the soft surface. 🙏Choose your cleaners responsibly! We’re all lovers of the sea, that’s why we should do our share in protecting it. It’s important to choose environmentally friendly cleaners in cleaning off your boat. Stay away from chemically strong cleaners when cleaning your boat’s exteriors. When washing, avoid throwing soap water and other chemicals in the ocean!!!
We love are the Mediterranean culture. One of the more popular references to living in the Mediterranean are summed up with a popular saying: “Live Healthier, Happier, Longer.” No doubt, these are daily objectives for which each of us strive and there is both theoretical and practical proof that this Mediterranean moniker has inherent value. Capoliveri Anchorage, Elba Generally speaking, individuals who live in the Mediterranean follow eight simple principles: • Eat Healthy and local • Be Hungry (for life, in life) • Be stylish without too much effort • Connect with and respect nature • Find Time to Relax • Laugh Often • Enjoy Life and Simple Things • Stay Physical Active Many images are conjured up when you mention “The Mediterranean Lifestyle”: diet, pristine beaches with crystal blue water, simplicity, healthy living and much more. These days, most people associate the Mediterranean Lifestyle with eating a certain way… but there is so much more that, of course, includes food. In reality, the Mediterranean Lifestyle is more about a way of living, interacting with others, history, culture, the importance of comradery, pride and social interaction. You are what you eat Everyone wants to jump on the Mediterranean diet bandwagon when they hear about the benefits it has and the results it creates. There’s quite the variety of items on the Mediterranean food pyramid, so calling it a “diet” almost seems absurd. There are no food restrictions in the Mediterranean diet, which makes it a prime choice for those looking for a manageable diet to start. Tonno salato e verdura Fish and seafood are a staple in the diet, typically with rice and grains or a chopped salad. There are also lean proteins like poultry—but in moderation. Fresh vegetables, raw nuts, and lentil soup are also on the menu. Tartare [...]
First, character does matter. Good captains possess a stable nature, are at ease in their own skin and are comfortable with delegating responsibilities. Some decisions are difficult to make, and secure captains know how to balance the vessel’s needs above the desire to be liked. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, smooth seas never made a skilled sailor. Being exposed to difficult situations is the path toward competency and is a necessary component of a captain’s character. In addition, a good captain possesses an ongoing commitment to training, proficiency and staying up to date on the whole gamut of on-board topics. Other people’s safety depends on that commitment. A conscientious captain values precruise planning, carefully assesses overall readiness to leave the dock and considers options. An experienced and well-trained captain is uniquely qualified to maintain the big-picture view of competing priorities, such as weather, time, vessel fitness and suitability, crew ability, budget and more. Anyway…….. ⬇️ Floating with friends on board (Elba) Yesterday: Over the rainbow 🌈 Follow me on Instagram! 💋💋💋 Thank you for following us!
Autumn in Tuscany means good food, great wine, and gorgeous colours. It’s the autumn light, that make you love being alive in Italy! Che spettacolo…..Magic is happening, the light is glowing so softly ! Marina di Scarlino Colours, flavours and emotions! Besides being the harvest season - just think about the olive and grape harvest, mushrooms, truffle and chestnuts – it is also the ideal season for those looking for romantic landscapes. Elba End of September is the time when fall really starts to roll in. That means comfortable temperatures for sightseeing, exploring the countryside, engaging in outdoor activities, and even sunbathing on the coast. Autumn in Portoferraio is a sustained color explosion. What a lovely surprise! Yesterday evening we discovered our beloved Hallberg Rassy 43 Victoria (now: Mogador) in the Marina. We were happy to see her her in great shape and save mooring! Timeless Beauty HR43 ! A very emotional moment 🤎🤎🤎 Food porn
Capo Rosso Cala Palu Corsica anyone? This beautiful hike to Capo Rosso is just the right length and difficulty, with spectacular views in every direction. You can see the ocean on both sides. It was about 6 km /3 hours trip, with a steep climb at the end. I was huffing and puffing but we scrambled up like mountain goats. We started early (6am!) because of the sun! Don’t forget to bring water! Eine spektakuläre Tour führte uns heute morgen von der Cala di Palu auf einen Genuesenturm auf einem über 300 Meter hohen Felsen am Capo Rosso. Früher Start zum Capo Rosso Der Aufstieg auf den Felsen mit leichten Klettereinlagen durch eine Felsrinne stellt jedoch höhere Anforderungen. Auf den Felsplatten orientierten wir uns an Steinmännchen. Nicht alle Trittspuren führen ans Ziel….. Unser Ankerplatz Cala di Palu Auf der ganzen Tour (3Stunden) bieten sich tolle Ausblicke auf das Meer und die Küstenberge. Ein traumhaftes Erlebnis, bitte unbedingt nachmachen! Bitte Wasser und feste Schuhe nicht vergessen. Next stop: Scandola Scandola is located on the west coast of the French island of Corsica, within the Corsica Regional Park. The reserve was established in 1975. The park and reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983.Strange rock formations emerge from the crystal clear sea in the Gulf of Girolata, and the coastline is peppered with jagged inlets and caves. Scandola, das Naturschutzgebiet liegt gleich in der Nähe vom Capo Rosso! Always beautiful but especially so later in the afternoon, as the rocks catch the setting sun. Set against the blue of the sea and sky, the colours and shapes are an extraordinary sight.
The windy days are over…. Bonjour Corsica. We arrived yesterday evening from Sardegna (50 nm) and we are ready to discover the west coast of Corsica! A curious name, almost alarming, for a natural wonder. Located at the entry of the gulf of Ajaccio, the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago is composed of four porphyry islets of a dark red which gives them their emblematic name. Another remarkable feature of the site, is the Iles Sanguinaires' lighthouse, dating back to 1870, which is built on the highest point of the Grande Île (Large Island), at 80 metres above sea level. An old semaphore can be found further south. It marks out the south-western coast of Corsica and the entry to the gulf of Ajaccio. The Îles Sanguinaires and their lighthouse received a visit from a special guest: Alphonse Daudet who stayed on the Grande Ile in 1863. This obviously unforgettable stay inspired him to describe “ the Sanguinaires lighthouse ” in “ The letters from my mill ”: “ Just imagine a reddish island and of savage aspect; the lighthouse at one point, an old Genoese tower at the other where, during my time, an eagle nested. Lower down, at the edge of the water, a ruined lazeretto, invaded everywhere by grasses; then, ravines, scrubland, large rocks, wild goats, small Corsican horses roaming with the wind in their manes; finally, up above, in a swirl of sea birds, the lighthouse with its platform of white masonry, where the guards walk at length, the green door with a lancet arch, the small cast iron tower, and above the large faceted lantern which blazes in the sun and shines its light even during the day… Here is the Iles Sanguinaires, as I saw it last night, whilst listening to my snoring pines. It was in this enchanted island [...]
Einmal rund um Sardinien ist geschafft! Wir sind jetzt in Stintino, siehe blauer Punkt 🔵 Im Nordwesten Sardiniens liegt das kleine Hafenstädtchen Stintino. Bis 1988 gehörte es noch zur Stadt Sassari, seitdem ist die Gemeinde mit rund 1500 Einwohnern unabhängig. Ich war schon als 11jährige mit meinem Eltern hier und jetzt ankern wir vor der berühmten „Pelosa“! Toll… La Pelosa mit unserem Ankerplatz im Hintergrund! Über Italien hinaus berühmt gemacht hat Stintino vor allem sein Bilderbuchstrand La Pelosa mit seinem kristallklaren Wasser und dem feinen weißen Sand (ca. 2 km von Stintino entfernt). Schieferfelsen schützen den Strand vor großen Wellen. Yachten schaukeln den ganzen Sommer am Horizont gemütlich auf und ab. Heute fegt ein ziemlicher Wind über den Strand und ich schaffe es nicht vom Dinghy aus wieder auf das Heck von unserer Ambra zu kommen. Ambra tanzt auf den Wellen. Der Sturm aus Deutschland soll kommen, also entschließen wir uns 2 Tage einen Liegeplatz in Marina di Stintino zu buchen und mit dem Scooter die Gegend zu erkunden. Es gibt in Stintino mehrere super Restaurants und einen tollen Interior Shop mit tollen sardischen Handtüchern und Kerzen. 1-2-3 meins! Ohne Scooter geht hier nix! Stintino Schwertfisch Carpaccio Früher lebten die Bewohner der Halbinsel von Stintino von der Fischerei, heute hat die Reisebranche Einzug gehalten und in den Sommermonaten quillen Strände und Feriensiedlungen hier förmlich über. Einmal mehr plädiere ich an dieser Stelle für das Reisen in der Nebensaison. Langsam naht der August…. Der Strand Le Saline Le Saline Durch Zufall entdecken wir den farbenprächtigen Strand Le Saline an einem ausgetrockneten Salzsee. Wie an vielen Stränden findet sich auch hier ein ehemaliger Wehrturm, ein Torre. Der Strand ist mehrere Kilometer lang und geht nahtlos in den Strand Ezzi Mannu über. Eine Thunfisch-Fabrik wurde hier zu einem Club-Hotel umgebaut. Die alten Fabrikgebäude [...]
Azzurri immensi Ankern verboten 🚫, nur im Bojenfeld! Es ist spannend! Bis 1997 waren hier auf Asinara verurteilte Mitglieder der Mafia gefangen, darunter Raffaele Cutolo und Salvatore Riina. Während des Ersten und Zweiten Weltkriegs war sie Kriegsgefangenenlager. Auf Grund der damals grassierenden Malaria überlebten nur wenige der Gefangenen. Die Wächter lebten in Cala d’Oliva und brachten Pferde, Kühe, Ziegen, Schafe, Mufflons und Wildschweine auf die Insel. Dinner auf der Ambra Cala d’Oliva Da es kaum Eingriffe in die Natur gegeben hat, ist die Pflanzen- und Tierwelt gigantisch. Wir liegen in der Cala Oliva direkt vor dem ehemaligen Gefängnis und machen am Morgen eine Wanderung zu den einsamen Stränden Cala Sabina und Cala Giordano. Wundervolles Wasser und feinster Sand…. Cala Giordano von oben Cala Sabina Die gesamte Insel ist daher zum Nationalpark erklärt worden und man darf nur an ganz wenigen Bojen anlegen, die man vorab reservieren muss. Der Name der Insel könnte vom sardischen Esel (auf italienisch asino) stammen, der hier als Albino mit weißem Fell und blauen Augen lebt. Sonnenaufgang Cala Giordano Um den langen Umweg um den nördlichen Teil der Isola Asinara zu vermeiden, benutzen wir die anspruchsvolle Fornelli-Passage. Es handelt sich um den Durchlass zwischen der Nordseite der Isola Piana und der nördlich gelegenen Isola Asinara. Südlich der Isola Piana gibt es auch einen Durchlass, aber die Wassertiefe ist für Yachten nicht ausreichend. Fornelli Passage 1,50 Tiefe unter Ambra Die Fornelli-Passage ist ebenfalls sehr flach. Richtet man jedoch den Kurs exakt an den Peilbaken aus, hat man immer mindesten 3m Wassertiefe. Es gibt ein Baken-Paar für die Einfahrt in die Passage (egal welche Richtung) und ein Paar für die Ausfahrt. Kann man beim Einfahren das nächste Bakenpaar in Deckung bringen, wechselt man den Kurs auf das neue Bakenpaar. Im Hintergrund die Einfahrt zur Fornelli Passage Fornelli Passage [...]
Our drone shot: Alghero Marina Ciao #Alghero, sei bellissima! Walk around the historic center leaving the sea behind your back is one of the first things to do in Alghero. The beautiful old town is worth a thorough visit to admire the architecture of the churches, the cobbled streets and small houses. A walk on the ramparts at sunset is worth the whole trip to Sardinia! With its 44,000 inhabitants, it is the 5th largest city of Sardinia. Alghero is the island’s main harbour town and one of its best-loved cities for the popular walkway along the port’s bastions, the red roofs that touch the sky and the gorgeous natural bay that flows into the emerald sea. The shoreline is some 90 km long and known as the Coral Riviera, home to a major colony of the finest coral. Mercato di frutta e verdura Chiesa di San Francesco We watched a classical piano concert in the evening in the open courtyard of this gorgeous church and had a wonderful evening. It is an amazing setting to be in while watching incredible musicians playing while the courtyard fills with wonderful classical music, we highly recommend it! Dating back to 1360 and rebuilt in the late 16th century, Chiesa di San Fracesco is one of the greatest examples of the Gothic-Catalan style in Sardinia. Original Catalan-Gothic parts can be seen over the high altar, the presbytery chapels and the San Sacramento Chapel. The building is made of stone and is characterized by its bell tower from the first half of the 16th century We left the Marina of Alghero at 10 am towards Capo Caccia and we crossed the gulf of Alghero in less than an hour. Passing the huge vertical walls of the cliffs of Capo Caccia. Huge cliffs plunging into [...]