We leave the Oscellucia in the afternoon of July 11th, heading to the Agriates desert, in NW of Corsica. The forecasts let us expect a total lack of wind, but happily, we manage to reach a good 5 knots speed average after hoisting the spinnaker. Once arrived, we start snorkeling as usual to cool down a litlle bit but avoid the jellyfishs. Adrien will discover a strange and unusual fish : a 15m long achoring chain in very good shape. No need for it on Karukera : we decide to give it to our neighbours, which only have 8 m of chain ! Our litlle walk in the desert wild land will let us see a few wild cows. We will leave them alone quickly when a big bull will appear in the middle of the « maquis » !
The next morning, we head to Capraia, the first beautiful Toscana Island. Having to turn the Cap Corsica, we have to sail against the wind, but hopefully the wind will slowly turn, letting us getting there without having to tack. Once at the Cape Corsica, we have to start the engine : the wind will unfortunately stop !
We wait there a few hours, go snorkeling for a while, and then the wind comes back from the good direction ! we will sail to Capraia, and arrive around one in the morning. On the next day, we go on a hike on this wonderful Islands, wild and preserved from turists !
We head to Elba without any wind : 30 miles with the engine under a hot sun are not the « sailing » conditions we like the most ! We take advantage of this boring day to design and 3D print the piece of plastic that turns the engine off. The original piece was partly broken, and each time we wanted to turn the engine off, harming our hands was a bit necessary ! The new piece is softer for them, and will work tremendously well !
On Elba, we will stop in Marciana marina, a nice port in the NW of the Island. The next morning, an unfortunate surprise is waiting for us : the engine won’t start ! So far, we had been experimenting absolutely no problem with it ! After a little investigation, we discover that the exhaustion gaz are exhausted in the admission, on the wrong side ! Why ?
After a few repairing trials, we change all the lubrification oil that got spoiled from exhaustion wastes. We finally call our mechanics partner Gwen marine (www.gwenmarinevolvopenta.com), who gives us tips by phone. He suggests that the exhaustion pipe is clogged somewhere. We will discover an important quantity of carbonised waste, that were effectively blocking the pipe… After a methodic cleaning of the different pieces, we start the engine. He will start immediatly, which we weren’t prepared to ! A black cloud of smoke will project soot all over Adrien, that will have to wash for a long time before being clean again !
With the engine working, we leave to the next island : Giglio. This is the island where the Costia Concordia sunk a little less than a year ago. Entering on the accident site is forbidden, but we will still see a few cranes in action. On the next morning, we go to visit the castle at the top of the islands, offering a wonderful view !
Afterward, we head to the last of Toscana islands : Giannutri. Only 2 miles long, this island is actually the remains of an old volcano’s crater who collapsed ! Whil approaching the island in the end of this sunday afternoon, we see a huge number of motor boat leaving ! Thanksfully, because when we will arrive, there is still not so much space to put the anchor ! We can only imagine how crowded it was earlier in the week end !
On the next morning, we head to Riva di Traino, our first stopover on the Italian coast, not so far from Roma. Once again, there is absolutely no wind : 100% of the crossing with the engine… And guess what, we will be short of fuel in the middle of the ocean. We have two jerrycans of gasoil that will allow us to refill, and re-pressure the engine. After a ten minutes immobile, everything is back in order. Exept Yahia’s flip-flop : we have a FOB (flip flop over board). A good situation for an exercise. Don’t worry, it’s safe, and not to frightened !
Approaching Roma, we need to choose the harbour offering a good compromise between proximity of the capital vs price : here one night in a harbour can sometime cost 50 € !!!