Sardinia flotilla

Difficulty: Windy                   Departs: Saturdays from Portisco           Nearest airport: Olbia

Operates: May – September

2021 Dates
Sardinia 1 week22nd 29th5th10th 17th 24th14th 21st 28th
West Corsica 1 week31st7th

Sardinia Flotilla Itinerary

A typical itinerary is shown below. This runs as far north as Bonifacio on the southern tip of Corsica. The Bonifacio Straits can be windy at times so this crossing is subject to weather.

For two weeks in summer, the flotilla passes more quickly through northern Sardinia to allow more time to explore the west coat of Corsica.

Note that this flotilla is a little different to usual: To keep mooring fees down they avoid the marinas and use harbours and anchorages. You can expect to spend two or three nights at anchor when it is usually necessary to eat on board.

1: Sat0Portisco. In the afternoon board your yacht in Portisco marina where you can purchase provisions. In the marina there are a few nice restaurants where everyone can relax. We especially recommend the "SU Cubone" restaurant, sited on the hillside. Follow the path through a small oleander grove.
2: Sun28Porto Palma. We leave Portisco Marina and sail along the legendary Costa Smeralda, heading north to La Maddalena National Park. The goal is the bay of Porto Palma in the south end of Caprera Island where we pick up a buoy or anchor for the night.This bay is about 1000m wide but has no restaurants. However it's worth a trip ashore to take in the views across the archipelago, or to try out one of the many walks, before dining on board.
3: Mon16Maddalena. Today's destination is the Venetian style port of Maddalena. The direct route would be just a few nautical miles. So we detour north to the island of Budelli. Here we anchor on the south of the island and enjoy a swim in the stunning azure water. We then sail south to the small harbour of Cala Gavetta at Maddalena where we moor for the night. The small town has many nice shops and restaurants.There is water and electricity in the harbour.
4: Tue19Rondinara Bay, Corsica. We cross the Strait of Bonifacio in Corsica. Rondinara bay is framed by red rocks and pines. It is a nearly circular bay, almost completely ringed by white sandy beach; a beautiful setting. We anchor for the night, avoiding the 0.4m shoal in the middle of the bay! Dinner can be taken ashore at the beach restaurant.
5: Wed15Bonifacio, Corsica. We head south for a swim stop by the tiny island of Ile Piana, opposite the Lavezzi Islands. Turning west we reach one of the highlights of our trip, the fjord-like port of Bonifacio. It's worth getting in early as there's plenty to see. Highly recommended is the ascent to the citadel. From here you have great views of the fjord with its harbor, and the Strait of Bonifacio.vMany restaurants can be found around the harbor and old town with Mediterranean and / or Corsican cuisine.
6: Thu19Caprera. It's back to Italy today but first a swim stop at Corsica's Lavezzi Islands, weather permitting. The islands are uninhabited and a tangle of pink rocks; a beautiful place. It's usually a downwind sail back to Sardinia. The destination, Cala Garibaldi, is a wide bay and a good anchorage. There are no restaurants, so another chance to test your on board catering skills.
7: Fri22Portisco. It's back to the home port with several options along the way for a final swim stop, time permitting. Then it's time to refuel and checkout before the farewell group dinner in the "SU Cubone" restaurant.
8: Sat0Disembark

All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.

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