We will travel by flotilla Thanks to the new boat available, a Bavaria 46 Holiday and for short periods also a Lagoon 42 catamaran, we will have the opportunity to travel in a flotilla, we will be a larger group therefore more exchange of experiences, opinions, comparison, but also an opportunity for more fun and collaboration and a nice opportunity to meet new people with the same passion.
Qualified skippers on board (AICS national sailing instructors) and insurance for all The Velainsieme.org Association is registered with AICS (Italian Association of Sport Culture) and recognized by CONI, the skippers are AICS Sailing Instructors, all participants in our programs will be automatically enrolled in the association and covered by an insurance that covers every risk.
I have just taken leave, with a bit of melancholy, from the last crew of this long and intense season, the Australians Nicholas and Michelle and the Spanish Victor. I must admit to being a little proud of the enthusiasm received after sharing with them 7 days, following the lineup of a DJ (as said by Michelle) in a crescendo of emotions made of places, nature, sailing. The images and video fragments speak for themselves 😉
Departing from the ancient kingdom of Ithaca on November 21, 2019 headed towards the Canaries through the Calabrian lands and Sicily, but, Sardinia and fate have got in the way upsetting every program.
Transfer of a Jeanneau Gin Fizz 40 from Carloforte to Cagliari with the help of the mistral.
Mirco took his boat license at the age of 25, moved by curiosity for the elements, nature, the force of the wind. But then, as sometimes happens, life led him through various paths not always converging with that of sailing. Although windsurfing kept him in touch with the sea and the wind, the will to sail did not seem to find an appropriate way to impose himself.
At the end of October until mid-November in Greece, between Sami and the marina Jonian in Preveza, thanks to the help of the expert Vassilli, we worked on the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of the magnificent Viva 48 on loan for use to the Velainsieme association.
In Cagliari the walls speak. For the foreign visitor, they are much more eloquent than the Sardinians themselves, not very inclined to fortuitous chatter. A good part of the writings with spray cans in the city are manifestations of love, in fact they could be said of love to love itself, as a proud declaration of a principle of life. One walks through the city between elusive glances and suddenly comes face to face with a stone that speaks with an open heart and burns your soul.
As soon as the sea and the wind pushed us against this island, its solidity seduced our spirits. Would winter have required land, shelter, warmth, the recollection of the embrace of the bay offered by Cagliari? The first justification was the mistral, peaks of 70 knots were recorded in the port, in 15 years only three times. It struck rigorously the coast by wrecking a merchant ship in Sant'Antioco, making it impossible for fishermen to work during the Christmas period, also opening a sealing ring of our stern mooring.
The forecast gives us a respite of at least two days, maybe three if we combine the departure and arrival times well. Let's become ambitious: if we manage to reach an average of at least 6 knots we will be able to get directly to the Balearic Islands. Yes, why not? We will leave San Vito, Sicily and Italy. We stock up on oil, parmesan and a couple of other treasures. We are ready, we go to the Balearic Islands, they are three days of crossing, the last probably with the rain but the Canary Islands will compensate us with its hot days of eternal spring.