Sailing the Secret Islands of Sardinia (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 109

Whoa I’m very sorry, but your anchor chain is right on our anchor Last time on Sailing La Vagabond you were caught in the rain with us as we headed south from Bonifacio to the north of Sardinia we were sailing to a tiny fishing port to pick up our patrons James and Destiny who had come to join us for a few days of sailing Once we got the crew together the idea was to continue on east to a bunch of secret islands called La Maddalena I’m nervous already beautiful Elayna, this is going to be so easy, couldn’t be better Well I’m really glad I didn’t stuff that one up we had a whole audience just then Of old dudes just chillin. It was great. I wish I could speak Italian with them. Got a few preggos from the old guys One old man just could not believe that I was driving the boat. He just kept staring like Preggo, preggo It was really funny Okay, so name date of birth. Where are you from? What brings you to La Vagabonde? Destiny I’m from Helena, Montana And we’ve always dreamt of sailing. I’m James Gardner from Montana. We were lucky enough to get invited aboard I Checked my mail on the way back to work, and I got my package. I think that time I just got a letter that was pretty cool and a couple of coasters and a sticker during the day I got an email saying there was a new episode and sat down at my favorite chair and watched the episode Got to the end, and I heard my name. So it was like the best patron day ever James i’d like to hear about the make of boat that you’ve put an offer in on Oh, it’s a I think it’s an 86 Vagabonde Yeah, yeah, and it looks like an old pirate ship Thats pretty interesting and I guess its never been in salt water We haven’t seen it yet. We’re gonna go look at it. Hopefully in about three weeks, or a month check it out Now that you’ve met these two lovely humans, let’s get back to the incident leading up to our departure We’d gotten one of the 20 odd mooring lines stuck around our prop Shouldn’t of put it in forward But I should have checked for ropes first No, that’s my fault. I might have to jump in or he might jump in Wont be the last time I do that Well a bit of a false start there Weren’t expecting that but yeah, we got tail winds today pretty strong winds, but it should be nice going down wind and the sun’s out for now. I’m pretty sure it’s going to rain, that is my weather report to you today As we were leaving the port the pilot dude, that’s like in charge of making sure the Ferry leaves properly came over he was like I Get out of here because we turned around we were going to hoist the main in the ferry dock We didn’t realize that the ferry had actually fired up its engines and was gonna gun us down so He got us out the way and we just hoisted the main outside but it looked like it was going to chase us down for a bit there Elayna was scared I want you to slowly let out on that and I’m gonna be pulling in on this one a little bit more The strait of Bonifacio this channel that we’re sailing in is notorious among sailors for its weather currents shoals and other obstacles The waves have just started to get a lot bigger We had one or one or two over the bow water came in through this hatch here on my laptop, but only a little bit it’s good fun It’s impossible to concentrate, Daniel and I are on camera duties this is awesome How’s it going guys? Great, pretty cool Pretty intense waves right? Awesome Because we were in quite shallow water it started to get a little rough and despite James’s awesome It was getting so rough that we actually needed to seek shelter for the night Somewhere nearby we would depart for La Maddalena on the morrow How much is one night? How much does it cost I’m so upset about this. Even the place that I’m thinking of going they’re saying that swell from the Northwest which is where it is or winds from the Northwest bring swell in so if we go, look at this one And it’s only five miles away, so let’s just motor there. Spend ten bucks of fuel and save ourselves a fortune yea lets do it Alright im heading back out Ok We are just not getting our pants pulled down like that. We’re not gonna pay a hundred sixty euro for one night I forgot how expensive Europe was, so yeah, we are going around the corner to an anchorage, hopefully its very protected I think it we think it will be but you never know Once again everyones asleep, falls to the captain To go and dive on the anchor, and it is cold and windy and miserable but Someones gotta do it Over the next few days we will be visiting an archipelago of islands just above Sardinia called La Maddalena It’s a national park so it’s quite protected and we got some serious wind today We’re beating into it right now, and then we’re going to go with it for the rest of the way, but yeah It’s pretty hectic. We just have to take a reeve Theres this beautiful beach here, which apparently we’re not allowed to visit anymore Called Pink Beach Pink beach, its got pink sand Ive seen that when I was googling where we’re going Its famous according to… but maybe we can visit it on foot, but maybe you’re not allowed to anchor there or something You definitely can’t anchor there it’s bouyed off, it says maybe in the book we can walk there, exactly Ive never heard of a bit of land thats banned, unless its a military zone or something And why would they want to not let you go there, it’s just a beach Yea As long as you dont And it would bring tourism. We’re going. We’re going to Pink Beach. Walk there Consisting of seven main islands and numerous other small islets we were excited to drop anchor in a place That was during the Napoleonic Wars the base for Lord Admiral Nelson’s fleet in his actions against the French now I might have just been reading too much Patrick O’Brien But you could tell straight away how perfect this archipelago would have been for that operation This is cool hey Hello We just asked the guy selling shells how to get to Pink Beach And he said it’s basically impossible it takes an hour and you have to walk through sticks because there’s no path no pathway, and im telling you that would hurt with… Seriously? gonna take the dinghy Yeah go for it guys ill.. So we just got here, and there’s a sign that says no swimming, do not walk on the sand, do not remove anything from the beach. So we cant swim And It’s not pink. it is beautiful though Can see a little bit of pink It ended up being quite the mission to find pink Beach That was in fact not very pink at all But after a tiny bit of research we found out that the slight tinge of pink we saw came from a pink micro organism that inhabits the ground by water and wind Over the years anchoring of boats and the disturbance of people bathing and walking the beach had agitated its growth so new Regulations were put into place Which will hopefully allow the little pink organisms to make a comeback and the beach to be colorful again a counseling session or hypnosis I’m sure, both Riley really loves teaching free diving every time we get a guest, he’s always out there, its great I’m just gonna go check on the anchor because another person came in and it looks like they’ve put their anchor right on top of ours, so im going to go suss it out I’m very sorry, but your anchor chain is right on our anchor You need to pick up your anchor and move 30 meters this way Because tonight the wind is picking up, and if your anchor moves. It’ll Anchor we’re gone If it’s a I’m sorry if it’s okay. You just move maybe 20 meters just closer to the catamaran Yeah, okay. I knew something was up They anchored five meters directly in front of our anchor if the wind had a swung around it would have probably pulled our anchor out Overnight, and we would end up on those rocks over there Like Cunningham the first It’s been a really good day Rileys outside doing a work out destiny and James are having a sleep they’re Pretty jet-lagged still um and Troyer is doing some work on the laptop, and I’m thinking about what we’re gonna have for dinner it’s pretty hard feeding five people because I Don’t know It’s just such a big event It’s not like we dont have the food It’s just that We eat so randomly usually just us around the boat and when there’s other people feel like we have to make a proper meal so but its fun, i enjoy cooking Thanks for watching next time we get upside down in a secluded Anchorage and mission it to the main town of La Maddalena Oh my gosh I cant even believe this, this is all candy we say goodbye to our friends and welcome onboard new ones

100 thoughts on “Sailing the Secret Islands of Sardinia (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 109

  1. Some old dude wind sailing in the Med. and yells out " hello Riley and Elayna, I watch your videos". Frick'n great.

  2. Rally shouldn't give up on monohull so easily I live on a 1930s replica wooden sailboat is called a dog star Phillip Rhoads model I live in Port Angeles Washington I like to travel around on my boat yeah it's a little sluggish sometimes and it's not the same as a catamaran but eventually I'm thinking about up class into a wooden catamaran

  3. will you cross the atlantic again? I really enjoy those long journeys as it is very interesting to see how you manage food and technical issues and such

  4. Riley: I have been in  the med and if I remember right this time of year the seas start getting rough! You might want to check future weather!

  5. Wonderful video!  Love that you panned around the anchorages more than you normally do to see the other types of boats.  Love seeing the boats, the people, the shoreline  where your at as if we were standing on the boat looking around for ourselves.  Great job!

  6. Ya gotta think positive dude, like yea, it's cold and windy and miserable but dude, Elena..she will dry you off and warm you up

  7. Guys, been watching from way back and getting close to following my dream too, but one question for you; you've sailed mono and Cat and appear to be enjoying the stability, speed and space of the Cat, but have you found any drawbacks? How does it sail close to wind (beating), as I've heard that Cats have great limitations in sailing close hauled? As you've sailed both types now, I would value your opinion. Looking forward to more episodes!

  8. Wow, sailing in Europe looks freakish expensive. Was that 160 euros just to drop anchor, or was that for a mooring ball?

  9. One of your best episode for me guys, thanks a lot. I've also been sailing there with my boat and found some magic ancorage there, alone in a cove all surrounded by islands, my best mooring so far!! As I have no more boat to sail your are my only way to still having a taste of what it fells like…… Keep on rockin' ! And thanks a lot for what you bring us !!!!

  10. They're from MONTANA? Wow! Thats about the furthest from ocean sailing! I have property there and have spent time there. Its cows, horses and big skies! No sailboats! But, glad they made the trip!

  11. That coral gets screwed up from some chemicals in the suntan lotions. The spray stuff is the worst. Great video and good to see Elayna diving and having fun. Looks like you are comfortable on the new boat. It is becoming part of you like the old Vega.

  12. Well if you guys are going to cross the Atlantic. Stop by Bermuda, we have several pink beaches, plus yours truely could show you around. 🙂

  13. You have inspired me and my twin brother to sail around the world when we are older. We make an occasion of watching you sail each week. THANK YOU

  14. Great job on the video…keep them coming! Wished I could join the crew, retiring soon. HINT HINT!!! You both are very inspiring. I know I say that a lot to you, but you do inspire me to get my own. I just can't right now do to another commitment. Until next time……

  15. Have been loving the new videos but wondering if you would include more about how you all are provisioning these days! It must be quite different than South America/Asia… Would love to know your take on it 🙂

  16. Love what you're doing w/ the Patreons. As the world moves ever apart you are able to bring together people from all different backgrounds and walks of life to experience a little sliver of your journey. Keep the videos coming. Great pairing w/ my coffee as I contemplate being trapped in the middle of NYC.

  17. Thanks for the shout out to Patrick O'Brian! I've read the whole series twice… And am seriously envious of your opportunity to sail in the wake of Aubrey and Maturin. Well done!

  18. Since Riley loves teaching free diving, how about adding a segment to each video with Riley’s tips? Or perhaps a series of videos?

  19. Really enjoyed this video guys. It was a real snapshot of what it's like sailing the Med and dealing with the day to day issues that arise. It's not always beer and skittles and that showed through nicely. The docking issues, rough passages, attempted ripoffs, getting your anchor chain crossed by a numbie balanced against the sublime anchorages, nice sailing and new places to explore. If I had to show somebody new to cruising a snapshot of the realities of sailing in the Med, this video would be it!!

  20. just realized u have bananas or banana products on the boat. replace the bananas with some other fruit, then the fish will come .google the banana curse………

  21. Love the music and how the end is edited and put together. I’m so jealous of the patrons who get to learn free diving from Riley and I’d learn Elaynas healthy cooking!

  22. you've missed the best parts… Stintino near porto torres (where you took the rope in the propellor) and Isola piana in corse… no resarch… 🙁

  23. Why are these places so expensive???  I can kind of understand the marina if you're getting some services with your nightly fee, but a mooring ball in the ocean for €160??  Can you not just anchor anywhere?  Do marinas own the ocean or is your boat too big?

  24. You guys should definately try haggling the price. They know you're "foreigners" and haggling is the norm – never accept the price that's presented to you.

  25. I'm quite sure the people in the Boat with their anchor on top of yours were quite surprised to see a mermaid pop out of the sea with a very strange accent , talking to them about anchors !

  26. Riley and Alayna…you two are such good people! I would have cooked for the whole crew, and let everyone else relax! :o)

  27. Patrick O'Brien, Aubrey and maturinn series are worth the read. Hard to find sometimes. I would highly recommend it also the "James Kidd?" I can't remember the author right now.

  28. Your not allowed to visit the Pink Beach because people are taking cups and bottles full of the sand with them. Thus the beach has nearly no pink sand left. It takes a very long time for that sand to form so they banned the beach for tourists.
    You can go look at it but you'll have to go and stay on beaches next to it or nearby.
    The 'Maddalena Archipelago' is a national park so they can do what they want. It's not your right to set foot wherever you want.

  29. blue skies. white clouds yeah. i thought all of the Mediterranean was now hazy. so happy to see some clearer sky. $160
    a night wow. heard some ports in Caribbean are 2000 a week. i cant even remember if we paid anything. women and man used to be on land selling right there veggies/eggs/bread out of baskets ( 1970's).
    i love you two. you are such gracious people. cherrs

  30. I'm calling it now, elayna's 23 and me will show she is part Canadian. One day Canada will take over the world, and then you will all be Sorry.

  31. A great test for any relationship. : ) These two get along marvelously, awesome. A tribute to both being patient and having fun.

  32. Jumping in the water at a marina….. dis-gust-ing. Hope it wasnt too gross and hope you didnt pick up any diseases

  33. Just crusing through episode 121 still loving your films wow you have made the world look beautiful much love guys😎😂😂

  34. Ahhh silly me, I did not know you had to pay to sleep on the boat near the coast, I though you had to pay just if you go to a port or a marina. 160 euros it' s ridicolous!!!! I think I ll stick to bike packing and stealth camping…..LOL

  35. Yeah.. sadly the pink algea/shells that make the pink beach have been removed over the years by visitors who wanted to bring some back home.
    It is replenishing, but it's a painfully slow process that will take decades. That is why the access to the beach is not permitted.

  36. Elayna, have you ever thought of putting together some of your favorite recipes in a book? Alot of the foods you make looks very enticing! I've already stole your "homemade chocolate bar"! Great for this diabetic…sorta…

  37. Italians and French always anchor right on top of you, make noise and throw off their clothes. All around the world. Go away!!! 🙂

  38. Hard to believe that it costs E160 per night! Guess thats what happens when you have such a beautiful vessel!

  39. As far as I'm aware of the reason why none is allowed on the pink beach has to do with tourists taking souvenir pink sand ove tge decades resulting in the current loss of pigmentation.
    Greetings from Italia 💙

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