Sardinia Torregrande 39 º N54 '008 ° E29'

October 2009


Also called Navy Oristanese, this marina offers good protection to the winds. In fact his only advantage in my eyes because apart from a cafe and a restaurant there is no trade. We must get to the remote city 2 km. far away,

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Sardinia: Alghero 40 º N29 '008 ° E00'

October 2009


Our first stop in Sardinia from Minorca, Alghero is in the northwest of the island. The port is very large and houses a fishing port and several marinas. We chose the S. Elmo which lies at the foot of the wall of the old city. This marina is recent (7 years) and provides water, electricity, wifi and shower ... (only one, but better than in most other marinas!). The staff is nice even if foreign languages are not their strong point !  50€ off-season is of course not given. That said , the old town is charming and there is a guard day and night, which admittedly is a big advantage over the public wharf in addition to not being moored next to the Yellow Submarine and other tourist boats.

Alternatively there is the Marina Club Aquatica that has new installations since June, with a very nice shower and especially a very nice lounge and a restaurant (60 € for 2 including wine). However there are great chances that there is no place, except in winter if you spend a few months. And it's cheap, 300 € a month for 12 meters.


The old town has many charms. A walk along the wall is a must and it is nice to discover the small streets.  You will find a public market and behind the Via Mazzini there is a sublime cheese shop, charcuterie, wines and pastas. A supermarket is a bit lower. In the Via Venetto there is a shop with machine washing. Along the harbor there are several ship chandlers. There are many restaurants (20 € lunch) but the quality is rather average. Please note that prices in the bars are much less expensive than on terrace!

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Sardinia: Porto Conte 40 º N35 '008 ° E12'

October 2009


Our short trip (10 NM) between Alghero and Porto Conte was very pleasant. With a wind of 10-12 knots SW, we were doing 5.5 knots without straining. The bay of Porto Conte is very large (5 nm in depth), very beautiful ... and very lonely. The marina, although rated charge band 5" in the Imray pilot book, is decadent. Some pontoons are almost rotten. The Launge club / bar / restaurant is closed, maybe because we are in October. A little further there is a very beautiful beach with a restaurant and a hotel. Only the latter is open. The village is also deserted. We found a bar / trattoria run by a lovely lady (Only the bar works!) And 150 meters away there is a “mimimercado-tobacco-newspapers” fairly well supplied. That said we anchored by 2.6 m in sand at the foot of the marina and the place seems well protected. There is a second anchorage at the entrance of the bay, it seems more desert but gives access, after a good walk to the cave of Neptune. The engine of our tender, after six months of good services decided not to work. Unable to solve the problem (probably the carburetor) we have had to get it revised by Mario, the engineer of the port which is Mercury dealer. Note that all the people we met are very friendly and offered help. For example Mario offered us his "machina (?)", his car to go shopping!

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Sardinia Stintino 40 º N56 '008 ° E14'



Our ascent to the north of Sardinia was peaceful. Once again the south wind turned more north than expected and was too weak  So the engine we did a good part of the 35 NM that separate us from Porto Conte and Stintino. By not going around the Isola Asinari, we cut short through the Fornelli passage, which reduces our journey of 20 nm. Isola Asinari was a deportation camp, then a prison, then ... a nature reserve! Stintino was a fishing village that specialized in tuna fishing (this explains the mural). Now the village  has converted to tourism ... well only during the high season! Because we found only 2 or 3 bars open and not a single restaurant of that name. In fact there are several marinas, including a new North pier. We have tried in vain to call these marinas to VHF, no answer. Finally we stopped a sport-fishing boat, whose skipper after repeated contacts could the reach the employee who was having his nap!


So we dock at the new marina that offers power (needs a great extension!) And water. No shower, no toilet, much less a bar or Internet (only to check the weather in the office, in a container). That said it will cost only 20 € at night. To reach the village there is a  20 minutes walk. There are several mini markets, a tobacconist and a newspapers shop. Along the Porto Minore, you will find the snack bar Skipper, which is open 24 hours over 24 hours.

Stintino is not (any longer) an old fishing village charm, but is certainly much funnier than the next port, Porto Torres, where we see huge smokestacks ...

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Sardinia Castelsardo 41 º N54 '008 ° E42'



Centrally located in the Golfo dell'Asinara, Castelsardo was in 11 º century a fishing port and has a fortress built by the Genoese. The marina offers 500 berths, well protected. The facilities are modern, with a supermarket, restaurants, ship chandlers, shipyard, etc.. To reach the village, we must work around the marina, cross a bridge and then climb the hill. For the more adventurous, we suggest visiting the citadel, which is worth it and offers a breathtaking view. In the village there are many restaurants and craft shops. All with great charm.

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Sardinia Isola Rossa 41 º N00 '008 ° E52'

October 2009



In front of Isola Rossa, distant of less than 1 NM, is the marina of the same name. Built in 2003, it gave life to this old fishing port. Currently there are only a few fishing boats, not counting the hundreds of small fishing sport boats that constantly enter and exit the port. Isola Rossa is now a holiday village. In the month of October, the two hotels are closed, as most shops. There are still two, three mini-markets in operation but not before long only the store of Giovanni will be open ! Same situation with bars and restaurants.  In short, it is very quiet. There are of course in this season all the possible space for visiting boats. They accosted directly to the dock of the mole, because ... there is nobody to welcome you in the afternoons from late September! The cost per night is 21 € (October to March).


The showers are immaculate. By contrast there is not a single wireless point in the village.

At the port side there are beautiful beaches and there are still sunbathers. It is true that the thermometer is still over 30 º!

It must also say that the habitants are very nice. For example a lady who was fishing along the shore came kindly offer us two beautiful fish.

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Sardinia Santa Teresa di Gallura 41 º N14 '009 ° E11'

October 2009



Santa Teresa di Gallura is the most northwestern port of the island. From the coast you can not see easily the harbor entrance, which lies between two hills. It's actually a marina which also hosts fishing boats, whose facilities are very old and untidy. The village is at the top of the cliff and the road is long ... We do not recommend to stay there!

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Sardinia: Palau 41 º N10 '009 ° E23'

October 2009



With a forecast force 4 / 5, we had some trepidation when approaching the Strait of Bonifacio. Our pilot book warns that the area north of the island is difficult and it is better to be an experienced sailor, as it is known for its gale force winds as well as its many rocks at the water! At the passage of Capo Testa, a phenomenon observed was the crossing of two streams.  Long waves from the west and more short surface waves  coming from the East! With the east wind in the face we put the engine to arrive before the closing of the marina. Palau's approach is simple but care must be taken to ferries that are constantly crossing to the main island of Maddalena, a nature reserve. First surprise: the marina does not answer calls (VHF channel 9 in principle). We phone to hear us say that there is no place, but we can go to a mooring buoy in the bay. With a projected increase of more wind and thunder storm, we were not very happy ... we launched the annex to the water, put the engine ... but before I reach the mainland the marina called back 


As one of two sailors is o holiday and the other  sick, we need to dock at the pier of gasoline, go to the office where we are told the location of the berth. This will be our first experience of mooring in a marina unaided without "fingers". We had in fact been no problem, but we must say that jumping from the bow, with one foot on the anchor, is a circus.  That said the marina offers pristine showers and is not expensive at this season: 20 € for 12m x 3.85m, high season 50 €. From November on, it  is 4.5 € per day! Compared to Mahon (450 € per month) and 300€ in Alghero, one wonders if we have not found the ideal place to spend the winter! The village of Palau is not the most picturesque but we are surprised by the animation. Almost all shops are still open during winter. In addition to Palau each side offers beautiful beaches, ideal for long walks.

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Sardinia: San Rafael

October 2009


San Rafael is a small private marina (Porto Rafael Yacht Club), located 3 / 4 NM from Punta Sardegna, and a small center with bars, restaurants, a bakery, a small grocery store, an antique and jewelry and more ... four real estate companies. Note that in the surroundings there are beautiful properties, very luxurious with beautiful gardens. Som overlook the sea, which prevents access to small beaches from! We finally found a small dirt road that led us to a small bay with a small sandy beach and clear waters.


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Sardinia: Porto Pollo- Liscia and 41 º N12 '09 º E18/19'

October 2009



The bays of  Liscia and Porto Pollo (or Puddu) are just east of NM Palau. These are actually two 'Hot Spots” of Windsurfing, separated by a dune that joins the two beaches. The one Liscia is huge and stretches for several kilometers. In the center there is a windsurfing center. There is no problem to drop anchor, but with strong wind it may be preferable to protection in Porto Pollo. But watch your sonar for depth from 15 meters to less than two at once. There is a hotel in Porto Bello, with a dock (shallow!). 

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Sardinia Capo D'Orso - Cala Capra - Gollfo della Saline 41 º N09 '09 ° E25'

October 2009


The Capo D'Orso is good four miles east of Palau (which you see at the bottom of the picture). After a good walk, you must still climb 500 meters, with an inclination of 22 degrees, to reach the bear. A huge block of granite has been sculpted by wind and weather for many centuries to give it the shape of the animal. This one, which became the symbol of the town of Palau, served as landmarks for navigation. Note that it is very difficult to find the right angle to photograph it. When you go down the high hill of the bear, you get to your right at the Golfo delle Saline, a large bay with a beautiful beach, and on your left you will arrive at Cala Capra. There is a mini marina with a sailing school and a small beach. In fact you get there through the the property of a 5 star hotel with spa, restaurant, etc..

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Sardinia: Porto Cervo 41 º N08 '09 ° E32'

October 2009



Porto Cervo, known worldwide for its prestigious regattas and super VIP. It is true that times have changed since the Aga Khan discovered this area in 1963 and invested. Today it is the <Briattore>, which has  a disco! In this time of year, even during the weekend of All Saints, it is the great void.  Prada, Louis Vuitton, Zegna, Bulgari are closed until spring. Glad we were to find a cafeteria! The marina was deserted.  Even the super yachts  set sail, probably to the Caribbean!  

The book <Pilot book Imray> said that youmust pass at least once in Porto Cervo ... it's done!

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