A Sailing Adventure

Bastia to Elba

We got back to Bastia from the mountains on Sunday evening and checked the weather. Looks like we are in for a spell of windy and unsettled weather! There was a window to leave for Elba on Monday so we got up early, had a quick look at Bastia old town, did some provisioning and left the harbour at 11am. In our experience so far, French supermarkets are a lot better than Italian ones, so we needed to stock up on a few things. Bastia is a lot bigger than Ajaccio and a major ferry port. The old town is typical tall houses, shutters, narrow streets and a citadel above the old harbour (see main photo). We set off in a bit of a sea but with just enough wind to sail, so sailed close hauled for about three hours. Lots of ferries coming and going. Then we motor-sailed for a bit to make up time as it was 40 miles to Portoferraio, the main port on Elba. We arrived at about 6.30pm. Elba is about ten miles long so the last part of the voyage was more interesting and the sea flatter, once we were in the lee of the island. Time to take down the French and Corsican courtesy flags and put the Italian one back up. Portoferraio is an amazing harbour – more in the next post!

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Bastia – typical house, old harbour and ferry port

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First view of the island of Elba

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Approaching Portoferraio

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