Next chapter, finally!

After 4 weeks in Carloforte, desperately trying to organize a new engine, we could finally take the next step and move to the shipyard where the engine is going to be installed.

The last week went by and we could finally relax and enjoy S.Pietro and Carloforte. We borrowed Giuseppe’s car and drove around the tiny island. We visited beautiful Calas (like fjords) and the old tuna factory in the North. And we collected pine twigs to produce a make-shift „Adventskranz“, it was first Advent after all.

Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

S. Pietro’s North shore


Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

S. Pietro’s West coast (Italy’s western-most spot by the way)


Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

Make-shift „Adventskalender“ with only one candle since we were about to leave the following week

Tired of pizza and pasta (ok, I was tired of pizza and pasta, Yannick could never get tired of pizza. And Jari would have pasta every day for the rest of his life if he could) and desperate for something different I tried to make Okonomiyaki (in English it’s called Japanese pizza haha! It’s a dough made with cabbage that is baked on a teppan or alternatively in a frying pan. Everybody can add toppings as they like – therefore the name: Okonomoyaki: Grill it as you like it!) for the first time and it wasn’t half bad. Except the first two Okonomiyaki completely dissolved and lost their shape (the boys relabelled it accordingly to „Okonomi-matschi“). And except that eating big amounts of cabbage can be tricky in a confined space. Note to myself: No more than 50gr of cabbage per person if we have to stay inside.

Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family


The day came when the weather seemed fine enough to set sail-move to the shipyard.

The shipyard is not on the island of S.Pietro but on the opposite little island of Sant‘ Antioco. S. Antioco isn’t technically an island since there is a land connection to Sardinia. The two islands are very close and until yesterday morning we thought we’d only have to cross the channel and go to Calasetta, maybe 3-4 nautical miles. But when we looked at the shipyard’s address we realized it was situated on the other side of the land bridge which meant we had to go all around the South tip of Sant‘ Antioco and round it. 22nm instead of 3-4. Damn. We left anyway, our flight to Parma is on Thursday (2 days later) and we needed to talk things through with Andrea, the mechanic.

Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

Island above: S.Pietro. We had to go to the opposite island below the damn – 22nm instead of only 3!

And of course we had no wind.

We left around noon (Giuseppe pushed us out of the marina with his rubber tender), set sail and – well. Made between 1 and 2 knots speed and seemed to not be moving at all. Sailing or the art of moving at minimal speed. Funnily I was enjoying not being able to switch on the engine! But at 5pm it became clear we weren’t going to make it to the shipyard before it closed. To save us from a cold night anchoring next to the shipyard entrance (our electric heater needs electricity haha) Andrea took a boat and one of his guys and came picking us up – savior!!

Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

Giuseppe pushing us out


Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

Beautiful sunset near the coast of Sant‘ Antioco

Now we are mooring in the shipyard and we are actually happy to exchange the more than picturesque view in Carloforte for concrete, boats on the hard and more concrete. Well, ask us again after a week here. But luckily we will be leaving for Parma tomorrow – for the sake of crew moral we decided to do a land trip in Italy in my Dad’s old camper van and explore Rome and Venice and visit our friends in Florence. And try out all public Sulphur hot springs in Tuscany. After 10 days and smelling like rotten eggs we will be driving the camper van back to Germany where I have a job.

Boatnotes Ponyo Sailing with family

Our new view!

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