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PHOTOS OF CAPRAIA... and a short trip report
"We discovered beautiful bays and towering
cliffs, truly memorable landscapes. Cala Rossa (the Red Bay),
would inspire even an electric iron, with its red and white
rocks and blue transparent waters. We plunged among hundreds of sea breams,
silvery-blue fish that are also quite tasty (luckily for them
they were safe: the waters of the island form a natural
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A short sailing trip
to Capraia is a great way – the best – to discover an amazing
island, which is not too touristy and is surrounded by clean,
beautiful waters. We
sailed by night from Chiavari, near Genoa, to Capraia. When we
arrived, in the late morning, we anchored in the bay in front of
the town. Later we were assigned a buoy where we went to moor
after a swim. It was in crystal clear waters full of fish. Steep
cliffs were just a few tens of meters away. Further west there
were the town and the small port, reachable by boat’s tender in
fifty strokes of oar.
soon went ashore to visit the quiet village of Capraia, with its
castle perched over the sea in a panoramic position. After a
nice walk we got back to the boat and we had dinner. We felt as if we were
in another world. We had left just the day before, but it seemed
one month. We were inspired and free and peaceful.
*** Now I am going to
tell a funny anecdote (you can skip to the following asterisks
if you don’t want or if you don’t dare to laugh at me).
After dinner, my girlfriend and I decided to go into town to get
some ice cream. We wore nice clothes, we jumped onto the tender
and we began to row. Too bad there was a headwind of 20 knots
which made all our efforts useless. I lifted a sea of sprays,
but no way, the rubber-boat was drifting in all directions but
the one we wanted. A bit amused and a bit terrified, I accepted
the challenge of the elements and with all my efforts I managed
to approach the mouth of the channel leading into the village.
Unfortunately, here the wind got even stronger, as we should
have expected, and in a flurry of spray I lost an oar. Very bad
situation. Who knows where the wind would push us. Maybe to
Then, with an immense
effort, I managed to reach the oar and pick it up. At that
point, my girlfriend and I had a brief meeting in which we
considered if we’d better return to the boat or not. We decided
that it was better surviving and we headed back. Initially, the wind
pushed us against the cliff, and I was already investigating if
there was a hidden beach where to sleep, but in the end I gave
it all and we managed to grab a rope of a boat. From there,
pushing and pulling moorings and hulls and buoys, we reached our
home sweet houseboat. "You came back
early," we were told. "Well, everything was
closed," we replied, completely soaked. Nobody believed us, so
we confessed the shameful defeat. Overall, it was an extremely
funny experience, which I recommend, with the due caution. (I
exaggerated the risks, but it is always good to consider
possible consequences). (You might argue that
I should mount a small motor on the tender. An intelligent idea,
but I might reply that in the 10 seconds necessary to start a
cold engine we would end up stuck on some rock or in the sea.
Rowing brings an intrinsic safety. Of course, having both the
engine and the oars is not a bad idea).
The next day we explored Capraia coasts aboard a small engine
boat that we had rented for 60 euros for the whole day… not
much, once divided by five people. We discovered beautiful bays
and towering cliffs, truly memorable landscapes. Cala Rossa
(the Red Bay), would inspire even an electric iron, with its red
and white rocks and blue transparent waters. We plunged among hundreds of sea breams, silvery-blue fish
that are also quite tasty (luckily for them they were safe:
the waters of the island form a natural reserve).
After some beautiful swims we went back to Capraia town. We were
lucky enough to spot an octopus lying on the sea floor just
under our boat. We were getting accustomed to living in the
nature, breathing the sea air, base our lives on sunlight and
wind. It didn’t seem anymore that we had left for one month, it
looked more like one year. The mainland and our jobs and the
daily routine were as far as Katmandu and Timbuktu.
We had dinner with
some excellent “Panzanella”, a dish for everyone.
The next day we sailed around Capraia, anchoring in
waters so clear that the bottom seemed just 1 meter below the
surface. The echo sounder, however, measured 10 meters and we
trusted it and we plunged headfirst. We didn’t hit rocks or
sand, so the instrument was right. In
the afternoon we sailed under a good South wind. The boat was
tilted, the crew busy with tacks and gybes. We tighted and we
loosened the sheets, it was an exciting time under a bright sun.
aperitif in the middle of the sea, with views of Capraia, it was
our way to say goodbye to the island. We returned to Liguria
under full moon and a beautiful starry sky, with the south wind
that kept acting as our "engine", thus concluding in the best
way our weekend that lasted a year.
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