We are finally in Costa Smeralda; the north east coast of the island of Sardinia known for its emerald colored waters. Our plan was to spend our first few days on our own exploring the dozens of beautiful coves in this area. Instead, we fell in love with the very first cove we saw: Cala Coda di Cavallo.

It was not touted as being amongst the prettiest, yet it had it all: clear waters, all around protection, beautiful sunsets. Why venture further when you’ve found what you were looking for?

Perhaps, the only drawback was how crowded the place gets during the day. But that’s to be expected on every cove in this area. It’s August in Europe, after all. Everyone is on vacation!

Crowded anchorages in Italy have some advantages, though: one of them is ice cream delivered right to your boat.

The other, for us was some interesting free entertainment:

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Meet Marta and Marc
After a few days in Paradise, we had no choice but to move forward. Our friends Marta and Marc were coming to visit and we wanted to see more.

It was Marta’s first time cruising so we carried a big responsibility!

Marc, on the other hand, has many miles under his belt. He was our crew on the Costa Brava cruise where we got engaged in 2002 and has sailed on Drac Verd and Drac Blau numerous times. He is also the proud designer of the logo we’ve used on all the Dracs so we owe him big time!

Exploring Costa Smeralda
We got things started with a bottle of local bubbly as soon as they arrived from the airport. As this picture clearly shows, some people were in real need of a vacation in “the sun”! ☺

As soon as we went out to sea Marta got her first sailing lesson.

For someone who came aboard worried about seasickness, she did pretty well at the wheel!

She took us to beautiful new anchorages like Caprera’s Cala Garibaldi ...

...and famous harbors like Porto Cervo…

…where we got to cross paths with the big boys…

…and the “pretty” boys.

Marc and Marta had a chance to have fun at the table…

…in the water…

…under water…

…and of course, with each other.

We got a swimmer!
There was just no way to keep Marc on board for long, once the anchor was down. He was always the first one to jump in and the last one to come out of the water.

But Marc was not the only one to spend long hours in the water. Here’s Andrea swimming with the perfect Mediterranean backdrop.

Now that Marc and Marta have gone back to enjoy the rest of their vacation at home, it’s back to just the two of us for a while.

But sailing in these waters without our latest guests will always bring back the memories of this unforgettable week at sea.

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Comment by Art Dufresne on August 29, 2009 at 3:16pm
these photos remind me of my cruises in that area...watching the anchor hit bottom in 40' of water is amazing. There is one passage up the western coast of Corsica where you can pass through a very narrow, very shallow passage between towering rock cliffs....the first time through it with a sailboat is more than a little exciting! If you are headed up that way I can ask friends for the exact location.

One difference is that everyone in your photos is wearing clothes...but that may change as you head into the French waters!
Comment by Art Dufresne on August 28, 2009 at 5:36pm
I hope you plan to stop in Bonafacio and the islands between Sardinia and Corsica. Very nice and relaxing places. You won't forget the entrance to Bonafacio...once you find it!
Comment by George on August 27, 2009 at 8:31am
What a way to enjoy life
Love Dad
Comment by Tni Newhoff on August 24, 2009 at 6:25pm
That water looks amazing!! I continue to live vicariously :)
Comment by Mike Brown on August 24, 2009 at 6:13pm
What a beautiful place! The two of you look fantastic. Oh how jealous we are.
Comment by Juancri on August 24, 2009 at 11:58am
Que envidia!!!!!!
Comment by Suky Cannon on August 24, 2009 at 11:34am
exquisite *
Comment by Andy Curlewis on August 24, 2009 at 6:25am
Love it - looks great. Is it possible to get any more tanned?

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