Sailing Trip Garibaldi
One week — 93 N.M
Portisco -> Santa Teresa di Gallura -> Porto Cervo
The sailing trip Garibaldi is the most classical and relaxing, suitable both to small and big yachts. Most of the sailing is made under the shelter of the islands inside the Arcipelago della Maddalena, that’s why we suggest the little experienced crews to follow it. The mean is 16 n.m. per day.
1° day: Portisco — Cala di Volpe — Porto Cervo (10 N.M.)
The first day a very relaxing sailing is foreseen, leaving Portisco in the morning heading north for 3 n.m., and casting the anchor after just half an hour sailing in Cala di Volpe; this bay is characterized by a long beech and the famous namesake hotel. The shelter is very good with all winds, so this bay is sometimes overcrowded mainly by big yachts. From here you will head Porto Cervo, a 7 n.m. sailing, about 1 hour. Take contact per phone at 0789-905605 or by VHF channel 9, informing them of your arrival and asking for the availability of a proper boat place. The village and the marina of Porto Cervo are in two different sides of the bay: the downtown is nearby the old harbour, the marina is in the bottom of the natural fiord. Porto Cervo is certainly one of the finest and exclusive tourist destinations in the world, starting point for Prince Aga Khan to create the Costa Smeralda.
From then Porto Cervo is the favourite destination for V.I.P. in the field of the business, politics, fashion and show; furthermore, most of international regattas in the mediterranean are held here, mainly in September, such as the Maxi yachts regatta or the Veteran boat rally. The famous fashion boutiques, the restaurants and the night clubs surround a village which is much similar to a movie set.
2° day: Porto Cervo –> Cala Spalmatore –> La Maddalena ( 20 N.M.)
Once out of the harbour watch out about the Cervo reef (Secca del Cervo), which is half a n.m. away from the harbour entrance and have to be kept on your left. Then you will sail up to the northest cape of Caprera to reach Cala Spalmatore, very nice bay in the north-east side of La Maddalena, the leg is about 10 n.m. long, one and a half hours sailing. Here you could make a nice turn with your tender to watch the uneven coast. After weighing the anchor you will sail around La Maddalena counter clockwise, to reach the harbour of Cala Gavetta, which is the harbour of La Maddalena, after 10 n.m. Take contact per phone at 0789-730121 informing them of your arrival and asking for the availability of a proper boat place. The village is typical and hospitable, perfect starting point to visit on land Caprera and the house of Garibaldi. In Caprera the two-worlds-hero was banished and died on June the 2nd 1882, nearby the house there is the grave in the shadows of trees planted by him. Today this house is a museum which we suggest you to visit, for information you can call 0789-727162.
3° Day: La Maddalena -> Santa Maria -> Santa Teresa di Gallura (17 N.M.)
Going out of the harbour of La Maddalena you will head the island of Santa Maria, sailing between Spargi and La Maddalena, the distance is 7 n.m., about 1 hour. The entrance in the bay of Santa Maria is characterized by a surfacing rock (reef) in its middle, to be kept both on left or right.
This island is one of the northest point of Sardinia, the bay has crystal blue waters and good anchoring sandy bottom; right of the beach there is a small peer where sail boats can not moor. Santa Maria is the only minor island inhabitated in the summertime. Sailing to Santa Teresa di Gallura will be about one and a half hour, 10 n.m. The natural fiord with the harbour is deep and the marina have been recently renewed; take contact per phone at 0789-751936 or by VHF channel 9, informing them of your arrival and asking for the availability of a proper boat place. The village offers some great views on the Bonifacio sound, and one of the traditional activities is the coral fishing and manufacturing; so many shops offers coral made articles and jewels.
4° Day: Santa Teresa di Gallura -> Lavezzi -> Palau (18 N.M.)
Lavezzi Island is 6 n.m. away from S.Teresa di Gallura, about one hour sailing. The best bay here is Cala Lazarina in the South-West side of the island, read carefully the sea charts before approaching the spot. There are no inhabitants here but some cows and donkeys; they are no dangerous, even if bringing some kind of upset and confusion, especially among not well-informed tourists lying under the sun. On the back of the beach there is the cemetery where is buried the crew of the French frigate Semillante which sunk on these rocks on 1885. Lavezzi is one of the most beautiful islands of the whole area. Once weighed your anchor, sailing between Spargi and Budelli you will be again into the Arcipelago della Maddalena. After 12 n.m., about 2 hours, you will reach Palau. Take contact per phone at 0789-708435 or by VHF channel 9, informing them of your arrival and asking for the availability of a proper boat place.
5° day: Palau -> Cala Corsara -> Poltu Quatu (13 N.M.)
After your way out of Palau you will head the island of Spargi, where you could moor after less than 1 hour, 4 n.m., in Cala Corsara. This bay is characterized by smooth granite rocks, crystal waters and white sand; it is a good shelter from Mistral. In the afternoon you can sail between the islands of the Arcipelago della Maddalena, heading Poltu Quatu, inside a natural deep and narrow fiord; you will reach it after 9 n.m., about one and a half hours sailing. Take contact per phone at 0789-99477 or by VHF channel 9, informing them of your arrival and asking for the availability of a proper boat place.
6° day: Poltu Quatu -> Golfo della Marinella -> Portisco (15 N.M.)
Leaving Poltu Quatu you will head East, going beyond Porto Cervo and entering the gulf of Congianus, from which you leaved the first day.
You will reach the gulf of Marinella after two hours sailing, 12 n.m. The bay is very nice and is characterized by a five hundreds metres long beach of the whitest sand. Half an hour sailing is now between you and your final destination: Portisco is 3 n.m. away. Take contact per phone at 0789-33520 or by VHF channel 69, informing them of your arrival and asking for the availability of a proper boat place.