Valerio and Lorenzo managed to get Milanto unloaded a day early in order to miss some nasty weather so Tuesday am she was safely moored inside the port of Viareggio ready for some spring cleaning and general overall.
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For those of you who cannot resist a list!
VALERIO'S TOP 10 BAY in the WEST MEDITERRANEAN
PLAYA LLETES- FORMENTERA
THE beach you've been searching for! White sand stretching as far as the eye can see, and incredibly clear azure waters both contribute to that Caribbean feeling the island is famous for. Lunch at one of the beach clubs.
BENIRRAS BEACH - IBIZA
Gather for a unique Ibiza experience, accompanied on Sundays by the drummers who descend to the beach to 'drum down the sunset' in this iconic bay - not to be missed while you sip a cocktail at one of the bars.
CABRERA - MALLORCA
Greeks and Phoenicians stopped here around 1,000BC, pirates in the 1500s, but now those in the know book a 24 hour pass to stay is one of the most stunning spots, 10 miles off the Mallorca coast
CALA PRECONDA - MENORCA
A beautiful remote beach on the north side of Menorca. The beach itself is a long sandy beach with calm waters that are ideal for snorkelling and diving - there is also a great point for the courageous to jump off a 4 mt. rock into a ‘plunge’ pool !
PLAGE DE NOTRE-DAME - ILE DE PORQUEROLLES
The gorgeous beach at Ile de Porquerolles, an island on the French Riviera, is perfumed with the scent of eucalyptus and pine trees. Ride around discovering the sandy island on bikes and have a meal at the beach or in the main village square.
PLAGE DE PAMPELLONE - ST. TROPEZ
This is the beach that has fuelled St Tropez’s fame since 1955. For those who have no intentions of escaping the crowds select your favourite beach club like Voile Rouge, Nikki Beach or Club 55 -see and be seen.
SPIAGGIA ROSA - BUDELLI -SARDEGNA
You’ve never seen a place like this - unless you’ve watch Antonioni’s ‘Red Desert’ filmed in ’64. The beach and the whole island, are part of the Archipelago of the Maddalena National Marine Park. Anchor at the Spiaggia di Cavalieri nearby.
THE RONDINARA BAY - CORSICA
Elected repeatedly most beautiful beach of France or Europe, the beach of Rondinara disappoints nobody: fine sand, turquoise waters, sloping gently, surrounded beautifully by preserved scrubland and decorated with reddish rocks.
L A V E Z Z I I S L E S - C O R S IC A
This little explored archipelago is in the Strait of Bonifacio that separates Corsica from Sardinia and boasts a number of secluded beaches and coves. Incredibly blue water and fantastic rock formations make it quite out of this world.
BIODOLA+ SCAGLIERI - ELBA
The two beaches sharing one bay on the island's north coast. Clear waters for snorkelling and finest sands, plus some pretty villages around them. Order a glass of white wine in the bar on Scaglieri beach, and watch the sunset and the rocky silhouettes of Capraia and Corsica on the horizon.
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here is herbert again, on board of MILANTO.
it's done - earlythis morning we arrived ,at 03:24 am local time to be precise . due to the genious navigation of Valerio we flew our spi till the cap of Pigeon Island, and crossed the line with white sails up on a perfect beating course . what a feeling!
berthed in the marina we awaited sunrise....... a moment to be a little emotional.....
Thank you all for following this blog and joining us on our journey.
It's been a great experience, more than great. in fact you should try for yourselves. The very best to you all
over and out
My thanks to Josef and Herbert who were delightful company all the way across as well as being highly skilled fishermen! And the whole trip was memorable due to the enthusiasm, energy and cheerfulness of our onboard Neapolitan, Carla. What a fantastic ARC. Thanks again guys! Vale
Speed: 7.6 knots @ 266.56°
Position at: 10 Dec 2014 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 58.80 N, 059° 58.06 W
DTF: 59.1 NM Estimated arrival 07.55 UTC Dec 10th
Distance (last 24hrs): 178 NM
7th in All Racing Division
35th in All boats
5th in Racing B
It will be dark still in the Caribbean so time to get some rest before the friends on board Monomotapa and everyone on Milanto party tomorrow evening. What a great way to end a fabulous trip. Congratulations to all on board both yachts!
A big thank you to all who followed us across the Atlantic and also to the team at World Cruising for another great ARC Rally.