Whoever would have thought we would be living where we say, "Buonjiorno" to everyone & that "Capisce" is really necessary? We sat at Pevro Bay for a week trying to get ourselves organised. Met a super Italian doctor who works in Manhattan for several months a year who helped us with Jerry's medicine. Just as we had decided to head for Bonifacio to take care of other necessities, the Captain of a beauriful yacht pulled up to our boat & invited us for drinks & food. He had the answers for all our problems & so simple since his house is in Olbia. There was an immediate connection because he won the 1st International race for J35's & was a crewman in 4 America's Cups. His yacht is a classic built in 1934-33.8 meters around 100 ft. & so elegant we were awestruck. All polished wood, deep carpets & paintings. Its owner races his other boats & Georgio (can you imagine me drinking champagne with a handsome man with a name like that?)takes his yacht wherever.
He suggested he call the yard in Olbia because he was going there anyway. He is also cruising very close to the same course as we have been considering. He filled Jerry in on all the marinas & anchorages in Corsica, Sardinia & Italy. He told Jerry where to get his Nav Tec & ordered a 4 kilowatt transformer for us which will be in the yard soon. We went back to Olbia & pulled into the Costa Smeralda Olbia Cantiniere. Jerry did a super job of backing in in a 30 knot wind, but I messed up my 1st throw. The guys rescued me. We are getting ready to explore-tomorrow an Italian cell phone & a rental car. We love Sardinia-we love Italy.
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- July 28, 2003