Ajaccio to Bonifacio

Finally we got to sail, with a 45 mile leg from Ajaccio to Bonifacio. The sea was calm and we sailed under a blue sky with only 7-8 kts of wind on the beam. Despite the lack of wind we decided to sail a flew the big code 0 foresail. At one point with just 7.6 kts of wind we were making 6.6 kts through the water.

The entrance to Bonifacio is a little disconcerting. You appear to be sailing straight towards a cliff face. Only when you get closer you can see the entrance with high cliff walls on either side.

On entering the harbour we were given a special treat. A Frenchman sitting in the cockpit of his boat played a beautiful baroque rendition of Rule Britannia as we sailed past. I will admit to a surge of pride even through we were sailing a French designed boat which was built in america, none the less boldly flying the red ensign!

Bonifacio was beautiful, especially at night with the floodlit castle guarding the harbour entrance.

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Flying the code 0 as we approach Bonifacio
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The rugged coastline of west Corsica

On a beam reach – 6.6 kts through the water with 7.6 kts of wind!

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Entering through the gap in the cliffs

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