Friday 5 pm
Sailing in between the mainland of Italy and the island of Elba, the wind on our beam, blowing a steady 17 knots, the swell a manageable five feet, main sail, two reefs, full jib and stay sail. Mojito is weightless as she glides through the water.
Cruising south down the Ligurian coastline, you’ll find the Tuscan Islands dotted in between Italy and Corsica. These are mountain peaks of the continent Tyrrhenia which sank into the sea in the Quaternary Era, leaving a chain of islands across the western Mediterranean Sea.
Mojito and Me is on our way to Elba, the largest of the six. Elba is also the most beautiful of the ‘Archipelago Toscano’. It’s mountainous, the coastline indented with many attractive anchorages. Trees, vines and olives grow everywhere.
This is Mojito’s destination for the next few weeks. It’s most famous inhabitant is Napoleon exiled here in 1814. His house, the Villa die Mulini in Portoferraio is full of Egyptian art – brought back from his campaign in Egypt. The handwritten inscription above the door to the Egyptian room reads;
Napoleon is happy everywhere.
And so am I, sailing in between mountain peaks and valleys.
Friday, 5.03 pm
“Liefling, kom help” (“Darling I need your help”); James, my spouse calls from the cockpit.
I am down below writing my Five Minute Friday post, suddenly the cushions slides down and piles up at my feet, I have to brace myself against the table. The boat is pitching, rolling from side to side. Waves crash into the hull, bringing, Mojito to a shuddering stop, every few minutes.
James’s call came seconds after the first wave struck Mojito. I ran up and together, we bring Mojito under control, reef all the sails down to three. The swell now ten feet and Mojito, I love my boat, taking it in her stride. The wind and sea on her beam, she is relatively stable.
Friday, 21.07 pm
Safely anchored in Portoferraio, I cook dinner. Hamburgers and instead of fries, fried zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and goats cheese. I finish my Five Minute Friday post.
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