|While not as spectacular as the west coast, much of Corsica’s east still provides a pleasant backdrop to a day’s sailing.|
|Porto Vecchio to Salenzarra. 19.9 Nautical Miles - 3 Hours 33 Minutes – Ave speed 5.6 knots Max 7.0 knots|
|Salenzarra was an attractive spot to stop under the gaze of the high ranges still dusted in snow.|
|The weather finally warmed up enough to break out the bbq|
|While we had reasonably good weather, we did watch a few awesome thunder storms blow through north of us.|
|Alcheringa under sail approaching Bastia. Thanks to Brian on French Maid for getting the shot.|
|Salenzarra to Bastia – 55.8 Nautical Miles – 9 Hours 38 Minutes – Ave Speed 5.8 Knots Max 7.4 knots|
|The scenery through the interior ranges of Corsica is spectacular|
|Lunch of Wild Boar with Brian and Linda of French Maid. Now 77 Brian has been sailing |
the Med for over 20 summers with Linda since retiring as a British Airways 747 pilot.
|The walk to the top of Corte was worth every single step.|
|We had no idea a walk up this steep lane would lead to such an unexpected encounter.|
|Karen with our impromptu tour guide on the terrace of his villas|
|Rob took so many photos of the old town area it was really hard to choose just a few.|
|Napolean was born on Corsica and is revered but this statue depicting the rotund little |
megalomaniac as a Roman Emperor may be taking things a little far.
|At last the weather was starting to match the date and with the first true hints of summer|
|Once again the Corsican coast was an awesome backdrop|
|The bay at Pietracorbara was just the sought of anchorage we’d been hanging out for|
|That’s the bottom, five metres down|
|The fruits of the BBQ. We do it tough on Alcheringa.|
|Bastia to Pietracorbara – 8.2 Nautical Miles – I Hour 21 Minutes – Ave Speed 6.0 knots Max 8.1 knots|
|Our neighbours in Porticcilio. Our view was better.|
|These guys were unbelievable.|
|All photographed from the deck. No underwater shots at all.|
|This one had managed to ingest a blade of sea grass somehow which was visible all the way into its body.|
|Pietracorbara to Porticcilio – 2.2 Nautical Miles - 0 Hours 28 Minutes|
Ave Speed 4.5 Max 5.3 (Our shortest one day passage yet.)
|We had a relaxing downwind sail using the genoa only to Macinagio|
|Porticcilio to Macinagio – 5.8 Nautical Miles – 1 Hour 52 Minutes – Ave Speed 3.1 knots Max 5.9 knots|
On arrival we went straight to the fuel dock and topped up our tank. We then had to wait there until 4.00pm for berthing instructions as the marina office was closed for siesta. We were eventually advised by radio to go stern to anywhere available on the first pontoon finger. No mariner assistance was provided.
Cost per night for our 43 foot (13.2m) yacht – 51.60 Euro (including VAT, water and power. WiFi was not provided but many very close dockside café/bars offered free WiFi. We could actually access one from on deck without the benefit of a mast head WiFi aerial like many cruisers use.
The entrance to the marina is both narrow and shallow but not a problem in reasonable weather with care. It would get ugly with a north easterly swell running.