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  From Sardinia to Elba (17-29 September 2016)
Before we reached Elba we sailed up north along the east side of Corsica. We were joined by friends for  this journey. First Philip and Christou and later Brian jumped on board. The first interesting place of the trip was located south of Corsica close to Bonifacio. The Lavezzi islands  are numerous  large blocs of granite that are clustered together. This place is a natural park and totally  protected but in the past several rich families managed to build some luxurious houses here. Luckily, their construction did respect the landscape and the islands are still very beautiful. On the 15 February 1855 a drama took place here. The Semillante a frigate sailing from Toulon (France) carrying  soldiers to  Russia sank  here. On board 686 people perished as the ship was caught in one of the biggest sea storms ever in the Mediterranean. No survivors were found and only the body  of the captain and the priest could be identified because of their uniforms. Today this is the biggest disaster that has ever occurred in the Mediterranean. After sailing around the islands we moved to the city of Porto Vecchio. We were forced to stay there for three days as there were strong winds outside the bay.  We repaired  our windlass as we needed to replace it. Once repaired, the sea was calmer and we headed north to visit Rondinara Bay. On the postcards it looked like a tropical bay with blue sea and white sand but we were disappointed as we could not use photoshop to improve our view. If you happen to pass there it is worth visiting but it is not like the postcards. We spent the night close to Rondinara and the next morning we woke up early to sail to Elba island. First we had little wind, but before lunch time the wind allowed us to reach Elba at good speed. We anchored near Cape Morrocone. Frankly this was the worst mooring we ever had with Terus due to the swell. It was thus without regret that we left our mooring to go in the port of Azzuro. This place is nice with little houses that are typical of this part of Italy. The next day,  we decided to go around the island  in an anti clockwisedirection  to Portomarciana. We carefully avoided the port of Portoferrairo as big ferries were constantly carrying visitors to and from there. Napoleon arrived on the 4 of May 1814 in this city. He was given the island by the English and the authority to rule the island. He took his job seriously and initiated some works such as building roads etc. But Napoleon still dreamed of greater territories and escaped from the island on the 26 of April 1815 to Corsica. Portomarciana is a nice little place that is very well preserved and you have the impression the village is still as it was 100 years ago. The next morning, we left the marina to complete our round trip around the island. On the west side of the island we could see the island of Corsica 52km away. We anchored for the night in a lovely cove called Golfo di Campo. This cove is all green and only two houses are visible. A truly magnificent place. The day after we had to land our friends on the island as they had a plane to catch to Pisa. We continued towards the continent at Punta Alla were Brian joined us. After a night on the continent, we decided to return to Elba as we wanted to show Brian how beautiful this place is. We stopped at the same places as we did with our friends before. But Brian had also a plane to catch on the 1 of October so we set sail towards Rome on the 28 of September.
Porto Vecchio
Elba island
Porto Azzurro
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Lavezzi islands