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Sardinia: We wish all weeks were like this

Written by Renato Matiolli

This week has started with a great crossing from Sicily to Sardinia. It was an easy ride, with little waves, beautiful sunset, clear sky through the night, amazing sunrise, great company (Laura and Diego) and good sailing (at least for a portion of the ride). The only downside was that the wind died down and unfortunately we had to use our engines a lot.

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Our first stop in Sardinia was Villasimus, a nice beach just southeast of Cagliari. We got a one-day rest there and then we moved to the capital to drop off the super cool couple, Laura and Diego. We already miss them… these two really had an effect on Ipanema. They got us thinking about a lot of things including on how we eat. We thought we were eating healthy, but now I think we are eating like gods. This way I will have to be careful not to live for too long.

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At Cagliari, we also filled up the water tanks and went to the supermarket to stock up the maximum we could with Italian groceries. These people really know how to source food.

The nicest thing about Cagliari was that we picked up Eduardo Farinelli, also known as Duda.



Well, to start with, it felt like Christmas night when you were a kid, as he brought so many amazing gifts, including a super cool action camera called Ion ( (by the way I had dropped and broken my Go-Pro ten days before, when I climbed the mast in Taormina). Also, right up from the start, he said the coolest thing we could hear: “I want to see how you guys live, so don’t do anything different because I am here!” Of course I told Sarah not to walk around naked, but apart from that, when we liked a place we stayed, if there was wind we sailed, if there was none, we rested. When we found a cool diving spot, we dove, when we found a cool kiting spot, we kited, when we went to a city, we ate pizza and ice cream. When the boat was dirty, we cleaned, when we were hungry we cooked. As you can imagine, we could not had had a better week!!!

P1180767_FotorWe left Cagliari with 30 knots of down wind so just after a couple of hours we stopped at Pula, a nice beach with ancient ruins around it. Since it is still August and in Italy this is like carnival in Brazil, there was loud music through the night so after Duda had his morning paddle, we moved to the next bay.

Our next stop was Zafferano, a beach on a national park. You are not allowed to step on the beach, so no loud music through the night. The only people around were other sailors. The place is just amazing.

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The cool thing about this places was that we tried to kite and I was SUPER happy about it since we managed to launch the kite from the boat. Not an easy task, but with the Sarah’s and Duda’s help we manage to do it! Hurray!!

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IMG_2875Next day… civilization! We went to Carloforte to check it out, and, of course, we had some pizza and ice cream. Right before going to bed we did one last check on the weather forecast and figured out the wind had changed from “on our side” to “against us”. So we postponed the crossing for a couple of days and enjoyed Sardinia for a couple more days.

Again, the last minute change in plans due to the weather was great! We managed to visit two amazing places! Cala Vinagra, which is a natural park in the Isola di San Pietro.

We then moved to Cala Domestica, which is the main island. This place is beautiful as well; it is a narrow bay with the beaches inside. It was a great shelter and we took Duda for some basic safety diving lessons and than to an exploratory dive.

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Finally we finished up with the crossing. We were all eager to sail all the way to Spain and we did great for the first half of the way, averaging 6-7 knots, but then the wind completely died down on us, we floated for a while and decided to motor-sail some portions of the trip.


Again… sunrises, sunsets, shooting stars and dolphins were around to entertain us during this incredible passage.


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