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Corsica
Charter Destination: Corsica
Weather Conditions

The prevailing persistent winds in this area of the Med are from a Southwest and Southeast direction. During April to October you will encounter thermal breezes from between 10am to 6pm. Winds are generally stronger around the gulfs and capes of the islands and anchorages are calm during the night. Water temperatures are between 19-27°C.

Wind Direction

In the summer months, May to September, winds are on average Force 3-5. During the winter months the weather is influenced by depressions coming from the Atlantic. Winds can increase to an average of Force 3-6 (this can sometimes be stronger) and come from both a Southwest and Northwest direction.

Month Temp Max °C Water Temp Average Daily Sun Hours
April 22 18 12 h
May 22 19 13 h
June 24 21 14 h
July 26 23 13 h
August 27 25 12 h
September 26 23 12 h
October 22 20 11 h
One-Week Macinaggio - Macinaggio To the Tuscan islands and north Corsica
Days Itineraries Distance (nm)
1 Macinaggio - Capraia 18
2 Capraia to Porto Ferraio, (Elba) 25
3 Porto Ferraio to Porto Azzuro, (Elba) 15
4 Porto Azzuro to Marciana Marina, (Elba) 25
5 Marciana Marina to Bastia 34
6 Bastia - Centuri 22
7 Centuri - Macinaggio 18
8 Day of departure -
Itinerary

Day 1: Macinaggio / Capraia (3 h)
The rare beauty of this island can be best appreciated from the sea: dotting the coast the island presents charming coves, ancient watch towers and islets where seagulls nest. With only a three hour sail from Macinaggio, there is a small old harbour with a safe and clean anchorage to moor should all berths be taken.

Day 2: Capraia / Porto Ferraio (Elba)(3 h)
The Island of Elba and its beautiful, 16th C. Florentine harbour of Portoferraio lies a few miles off the coast of Tuscany, within sight of Corsica and several neighboring islands. Famed as the exile of Napoleon, Elba has been prized through the ages for its abundant mineral wealth and natural beauty.

Day 3: Porto Ferraio / Porto Azzuro (Elba)(2 h)
This harbour was named "Porto Longone", when the citadel above was a prison for hardened criminals, and in Italy this name has always been associated with them. And it is because of this, that the name was changed to Porto Azzuro in order to break this association. Many excellent restaurants and pizzerias are situated around the harbour.

Day 4: Porto Azzuro / Marciana Marina (Elba) (3 h)
Pretty Marina with superb restaurants and the possibility of obtaining water and electricity, if required. In this little village you can enjoy the Tuscan way of life and take time to ascend "Monte Capanne", the highest peak of the Island.

Day 5: Marciana Marina / Bastia (4 h 30)
Three harbours in this city "The vieux port", picturesque old fishing harbour in the centre of the old town, with good restaurants and attractive shops; the marina "Port Toga" in the north of the city, as good facilities but very uncomfortable with E/NE winds and "Port Saint Nicolas" the commercial harbour which is reserved for the ferries and cargo ships.

Day 6: Bastia / Centuri (3 h)
This beautiful fishing harbour is to small to try and enter with a sailing boat, but the anchorage in front of it is extremely pleasant and safe even allowing for strong winds which may blow from SW to NW. This first or last stop near our base in Macinaggio will leave you with pleasant memories of the traditional Corsican fish based food.

Day 7: Centuri / Macinaggio (1 h 30)
Back to the base in the afternoon

Day 8: Macinaggio

8 Days Itinerary Macinaggio - Macinaggio Sailing the West Coast
Days Itineraries Distance (nm)
1 Macinaggio - Centuri 18
2 Centuri - Calvi 40
3 Calvi - Girolata 20
4 Golf De Porto - Capo Rosso 20
5 Capo Rosso - l' Ile Rousse 30
6 Ile Rousse - Saint Florent 20
7 Saint Florent - Macinaggio 30
Itinerary

Day 1: Macinaggio / Centuri (1 h 30)
This beautiful fishing harbour is to small to try and enter with a sailing boat, but the anchorage in front of it is extremely pleasant and safe even allowing for strong winds which may blow from SW to NW. This first or last stop near our base in Macinaggio will leave you with pleasant memories of the traditional Corsican fish based food.

Day 2: Centuri / Calvi (5 h).
Beautiful harbour which is easy to enter under almost any conditions. The last stop to make provisioning before you enter and visit the wonderful and fantastic "Reserve de Scondola".

Day 3: Calvi / Girolata (2 h 30)
This small village, situated at the bottom of a quiet handle has a dreamlike quality that is highlighted by the vivid red of the surrounding rocks. A short stretch of stony beach and a few houses are dominated by a stately watchtower and the only access is by sea or foot. Be careful of the SW winds.

Day 4: Porto Azzuro / Marciana Marina (Elba) (3 h)
A small charming harbour with excellent restaurants where the village is located at the highest point and which is definitely worth visiting. You cannot enter inside with your sailing boat.

Day 5: Capo Rosso / L'Ile Rousse (4 h)
The Rousse Islands offer many a good place for anchoring. If the wind is coming from the West then you can put the anchor in the SE in front of the beach. With a North Wind it is safer to set the anchor in Branca Creeks on the other side of the Pietra or in Sicota

Day 6: L'Ile Rousse / St Florent (2 h 15)
This old and attractive town can be found nestling at the beginning of the famous "desert des Agriates" and water and provisioning can be easily acquired before sailing to Calvi, or you could spend time on the beautiful beaches of Desert des Agriates.

Day 7: St Florent / Macinaggio (2 h 20)
Return to the base in the afternoon.

Day 8: Macinaggio
Disembarkation.

Itinerary

Day 1: Macinaggio / Capraia (3 h)
The rare beauty of this island can be best appreciated from the sea: dotting the coast the island presents charming coves, ancient watch towers and islets where seagulls nest. With only a three hour sail from Macinaggio, there is a small old harbour with a safe and clean anchorage to moor should all berths be taken.

Day 2: Capraia / Porto Ferraio (Elba)(3 h)
The Island of Elba and its beautiful, 16th C. Florentine harbour of Portoferraio lies a few miles off the coast of Tuscany, within sight of Corsica and several neighboring islands. Famed as the exile of Napoleon, Elba has been prized through the ages for its abundant mineral wealth and natural beauty.

Day 3: Porto Ferraio / Porto Azzuro (Elba)(2 h)
This harbour was named "Porto Longone", when the citadel above was a prison for hardened criminals, and in Italy this name has always been associated with them. And it is because of this, that the name was changed to Porto Azzuro in order to break this association. Many excellent restaurants and pizzerias are situated around the harbour.

Day 4: Porto Azzuro / Marciana Marina (Elba) (3 h)
Pretty Marina with superb restaurants and the possibility of obtaining water and electricity, if required. In this little village you can enjoy the Tuscan way of life and take time to ascend "Monte Capanne", the highest peak of the Island.

Day 5: Marciana Marina / Bastia (4 h 30)
Three harbours in this city "The vieux port", picturesque old fishing harbour in the centre of the old town, with good restaurants and attractive shops; the marina "Port Toga" in the north of the city, as good facilities but very uncomfortable with E/NE winds and "Port Saint Nicolas" the commercial harbour which is reserved for the ferries and cargo ships.

Day 6: Bastia / Centuri (3 h)
This beautiful fishing harbour is to small to try and enter with a sailing boat, but the anchorage in front of it is extremely pleasant and safe even allowing for strong winds which may blow from SW to NW. This first or last stop near our base in Macinaggio will leave you with pleasant memories of the traditional Corsican fish based food.

Day 7: Centuri / Macinaggio (1 h 30)
Back to the base in the afternoon

Day 8: Macinaggio

Two-Weeks Sailing Macinaggio - Macinaggio around Corsica beginning in the East and visiting the Tuscan Islands
Days Itineraries Distance (nm)
1 Macinaggio - Capraia 18
2 Elbe 25
3 Solenzara 70
4 Porto Vecchio 18
5 Isola della Maddalena 22
6 Bonifaccio 18
7 Golf du Valinco 30
8 Ajaccio 12
9 Cargese 20
10 Golf de Porto 20
11 Calvi 20
12 Saint Florent 25
13 Centuri 20
14 Marcinaggio 18
Itinerary

Day 1: Macinaggio/ Capraia (2)
The rare beauty of this island can be best appreciated from the sea: dotting the coast the island presents charming coves, ancient watchtowers and islets where seagulls nest. With only a three hour sail from Macinaggio, there is a small old harbour with a safe and clean anchorage to moor should there be no berths available.

Day 2: Capraia / Elbe (3 h)
The true priceless treasure of the island is found in the beauty and the variety of its landscape: steep ruddy cliffs; secluded, jagged, green inlets; incredibly white beaches touched by a crystal sea; rough mountains and gentle hills speckled with famed bountiful vineyards. Good and safe anchorage inside the bay. Mooring only.

Day 3: Elbe / Solenzara (8h30)
New artificial harbour offering excellent facilities. Port and starboard light towers mark the entrance there are 450 places of which 150 are reserved for visitors.

Day 4: Solenzara / Porto Vecchio (2 h)
Yacht and commercial harbour situated at the end of the golf of Porto Vecchio. Easy to enter and approach, one essential condition is that you respect the channel's boys, which are clearly visible.

Day 5: Porto Vecchio / Isola della Maddalena (2 h 30)
Situated in North Sardinia the Archipel de la Maddalena is one of the most beautiful places within the Mediterranean. If the weather is favourable then you could visit the beautiful islands of Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria.

Day 6: Isola della Maddalena / Bonifaccio (2 h)
Probably the most spectacular and natural harbour in the Mediterranean with an unforgettable approach and entrance. Nice old town and citadel with an abundance of restaurants. The harbour can become busy in the high season.

Day 7: Bonifaccio / Golfe du Valinco (4 h)
Situated north of the Cap of Muro and south of the Cap of Campomoro. The Golfe du Valinco offers a traditional and natural place within Corsica to visit, boasting wonderful beaches and spectacular views.

Day 8: Golfe du Valinco / Ajaccio (2 h)
Rising up from one of the most beautiful gulfs in the world, Ajaccio is a sight that will certainly soothe sore eyes. Stroll through the characterful streets and you will discover a beguiling blend of old and new. Two harbours : Port de l'Amirauté et Port Tino Rossi

Day 9: Ajaccio / Cargese (2 h)
This small fishing harbour offers very limited space to sailing boats. Small shops are situated in the north village on the top of the hill above the harbour. Cargese is famous for the Greek Orthodox Church of St Marie, facing the Catholic Church that bears the same name.

Day 10: Cargese / Golf de Porto (3 h)
Small charming harbour with a selection of fine restaurants and a village situated at the top of a hill that you must visit. You cannot go inside with your boat, you would need to anchor.

Day 11: Golf de Porto / Calvi (3 h)
Beautiful harbour that is easy to enter under almost any conditions. Last stop in order to make any provisioning before you enter and visit the wonderful and fantastic "Reserve de Scondola".

Day 12: Calvi / St Florent (3 h)
An old and attractive town, situated at the beginning of the famous"desert des Agriates". Water and provisioning can be easily obtained, and you can spend time on the beautiful beaches of "desert des Agriates".

Day 13: St Florent / Centuri (3 h)
This beautiful fishing harbour is to small to try and enter with a sailing boat, but the anchorage in front of it is extremely pleasant and safe even allowing for strong winds which may blow from SW to NW. This first or last stop near our base in Macinaggio will leave you with pleasant memories of the traditional Corsican fish based food.

Day 14: Centuri / Macinaggio (1h30)

Day 15: Macinaggio
Disembarkation
Distances
Days Itineraries Distance (nm)
1 Macinaggio - Centuri 18
2 Punta Motella (Desert des Agriates) 25
3 Punta Acciolu 15
4 Calvi 17
5 Girolta 20
6 Capo Rosso 20
7 Ajaccio 30
8 Campomoro 25
9 Roccapina 15
10 Bonifaccio 15
11 Maddalena Island 20
12 Porto Vecchio 25
13 Bastia 60
14 Macinaggio 15
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