We had been dying to get away and spend some time near the ocean. Kuala Lumpur is land locked and we had been missing the sun, sand and salt water something bad. We decided to try and get a good crew together, hire a yacht, chase some European sunshine and spend a week sailing around the Italian island of Sardinia.
We went ahead and booked our yacht through Italy Charter. The girls there were super helpful and we ended chartering a 45ft Grand Soleil called “Em“. The boat was based in Portisco, on the Costa Smeralda, one of the larger and busier ports in Sardinia.
The weeks run Saturday-Saturday, setting sail on the first day at about 3pm and disembarking on your last day at 9am. This is plenty of time to hoist the sails (be prepared if it’s your first time, like me, I was terrified! As soon as the wind catches the sails you’re flying and 90º to the water) and explore everything Sardinia has to offer.
We were somewhat eager on our first day and overshot our first anticipated stop by about an hour, ending up in the islands of La Maddalena. As the night hit twilight we pulled into Spiaggia di Spalmatore which is a smaller beach bay just south of Porto Massimo and anchored on a buoy. We got stung 70€ for the pleasure of floating around there for the night. The guys that run the beach organised a car for us to take us up the hill to a restaurant for dinner. We ate, drank and collapsed back into bed, exhausted after our first day.
Our morning started with a chilly dip into some of the clearest waters I have ever seen and then a very slow trip in our inflatable over to Porto Massimo for much needed caffeine.
Next stop Cannigione. An epic storm rolled in just as we arrived. We dropped anchor, opened a bottle of red and waited for the wild weather to pass. We took the inflatable (which was not the most reliable mode of transport) into the jetty and heading for a bite to eat. Cannigione is a large town in comparison to a lot of the other tiny ports. Bars, restaurants and gifts store are scattered all along the main drag. We ate a small restaurant in a courtyard by the church and all ended up buying matching “I ♡ Sardegna” jumpers after the weather turned cold. Phi Beach was thrown at us as a must see by a few people so we called a car and headed there just after sunset. It was a stunning spot and would be phenomenal during peak summer or to sit and watch sunset. Continue reading