Ajaccio on Robin’s Birthday

Robin, steering us into our anchorage in Ajaccio

We arrived in Ajaccio this afternoon. The sailing today was perfect! Winds 18 to 20 knots true at 50 degrees apparent. The forecast was for 20 knots by 10am, but as we left at just after 10, it was only 5 knots. The forecasts in the Med are pretty accurate though, so we raised the sails with 1 reef in the main and full jib and sure enough, within 30 minutes we had 18 knots just forward of the beam. We spent a very fun couple of hours between 10 and 12knots boat speed. 

Under sail on our passage to Ajaccio

After leaving Calvi we stopped in an anchorage under some cliffs, just west of Porto for a night, and then spent the next night off the beach in Sagone. The Porto anchorage was very deep and very rocky. We arrived as it was getting dark, which was not great because we couldn’t tell where the rocks were. We took a guess, dropped the anchor, and then I had Gavin shine a flashlight into the water while I snorkeled around the boat. The water was so clear, that I could see a lot of big boulders around us but they were deep enough that we weren’t in any danger of hitting them. 

Under the cliffs, near Porto

Tonight we are in a very crowded anchorage just beside the port of Ajaccio. It’s deep again. We are anchored in 17m which is right at the limit of our 50m of chain. I really should have ordered 75m of chain when I purchased the boat, 50 is not enough. I do have more nylon rode attached to the chain, but it’s not very useful because I can’t attach the bridle to it. 

There are a lot of boats in this anchorage, squeezed in like sardines, and they have been arriving steadily all afternoon. I suspect many are looking for a refuge from the 25-30 knot winds forecast for the next few days. It seems pretty calm in the anchorage, but the winds are swirling around and everyone is swinging all over the place. It’s a bit of a worry because in deep anchorages like this with lots of boats, there’s more likelihood of someone swinging or dragging into us. 

Things are a bit tight in here!

We are going to a restaurant tonight for Robin’s birthday celebrations, and we are very excited to have Corinne, a family member from Australia joining us on Sunday, for the rest of the trip down Corsica and then to the south end of Sardinia. 

5 thoughts on “Ajaccio on Robin’s Birthday

  1. Hi Doug
    First of all I would like to thank for your grate reports and stories.
    Have you tried to put on the chain extending rope a rolling hitch with a short line and attache to that the bridle? I my self thought about getting also more Chain than 50m. But on the 45 we get just fits about that! How do you attache the rope to the chain and get it then up with the winless? That is more of my concern.
    All the best to you an your family.

    • Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your kind feedback on the blog! We do have a nylon line extending the chain for our anchor. I’m not sure how long it is, but probably 20m or 30m. It is spliced onto the chain and runs through the windlass the same as the chain. I haven’t tried using this yet, but I think your suggestion to attach the bridle with a rolling hitch is a good one! I’ll give this a try and report back on how it goes.

  2. Doug just read this posting and have a suggestion for a bridal when using anchor road. We are an Outremer 51, 2 Canoes, Ann and Richard. Dave from Wally Walou suggested to us that we connect another line using a hook onto the end of the anchor chain which ties down to the starboard bow cleat and then the actual anchor road attaches to the port bow cleat as a result the bridle becomes the length of the road. If you need more details contact Dave on the Outremer Facebook page. I believe your wife Robin speaks to Dave occasionally.

    Ann and Richard
    2 Canoes

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