Latest News 2013 Sailing Plans

Latest News 2013 Sailing Plans


“Albert Einstein was a cruising sailor… and in his boat, as in physics, he sailed joyously close to the wind.” – John Vigor

Albert Einstein  … learned to sail on the Zürichsee, in Switzerland in 1896 in a 17-footer “Tinef” meaning “Worthless”. He was eighteen

We’ve decided how we’ll spend the summer season.

… and want you to have the opportunity to see our plans and to join us if you fancy it. Last year lots of you came over to Sardinia for some lazy sailing in the sunshine. This year you can do exactly the same but we’re also planning some longer trips, around Sardinia anti-clockwise in a two week cruise followed by an overnight crossing to Sicily and onwards to the island’s beautiful south coast. You are invited to join us and here you can learn more …

WWWhere Will We Be 2013

Posted by on 22 Jan 2013 in 2013 Sailing Plans Latest News, If You Want To Sail On Oboe | 10 comments

WWWhere Will We Be 2013

Posted from Ellesmere Port, England, United Kingdom.

The quick answer is the Mediterranean around Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily. The season starts mid-April in Olbia, Sardinia.  This is Oboe’s base. She has a permanent berth in Marina di Olbia, a 5 minute taxi ride from Costa Smerelda International airport served by Easyjet from Gatwick, Bristol and other spots, and yes you guessed it, it ends there too sometime in mid-October. Use the comment section below to send us dates you are thinking about and any questions.

Hover over the Yes, Yes, Yes ’s to learn about availability.

12 April to 10 May Run For The Sun

Run For The Sun.

Shake off the winter blues and enjoy some relaxed day sailing in and around Sardinia, Corsica and the Arcipelago della Maddalena. Come out for a quick week and we’ll show you our favourite bays, beaches and overnight anchorages. The weather is generally wonderful at this time of year, not too hot, the island is lush from the winter rains and it’s uncrowded.  Have a little browse at the photos around the site or watch Oboe – The Movie.  Also Tavolara Island is pretty special too. Run For The Sun is suitable for sailors and non-sailors. Short day sails, beautiful scenery, quiet overnight anchorages, cockpit cocktails and swims off the back of the boat. Lovely!


Yes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesLots of availability. Get in touch.

11 May to 24 May Join Our Flotilla

Join Our Flotilla.

Over a few glasses of wine last year I must have agreed to lead a flotilla of sailing boats around Sardinia. No problem! We’re all friends from Marina di Olbia and we are looking forward to cruising a little further afield and of course, to the socialising that is inevitable when you get a bunch of sailors together.

The plan, including the odd party or two, is to do an anti-clockwise circuit, heading north from Olbia for a night or two in the Archipelago della Maddalena and a cruise along the beautiful north coast before making our way to Alghero in the west, where a stop in a marina, to visit the old town is a must.  South from there across the Bay of Oristano with an anchorage or two on the way will see us turn the corner, where there are several beautiful islands, little marinas and well-known anchorages to explore.  Then Cagliari, another must-see and the capital city of Sardinia, steeped in history and beautiful architecture. Officially, the flotilla ends here on or about 15 June.

Most will continue on back to Olbia, perhaps via Villasimius but Oboe has other plans! Farewells in Cagliari and a few glasses of wine on board, me thinks.


Yes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesLots of availability. Get in touch.

30 May to 5 June Passage To Sicily

Passage To Sicily.

This will be Oboe’s first crossing to Sicily and we’re very excited about it already; proper offshore sailing even though we’ll only be one night at sea.  It should be great fun adhering to seamanlike behaviour, standing night watches, hourly log keeping and detailed navigation disciplines.  Also there’s the fun of cooking, serving and eating at sea.  If you have never sailed at night out of sight of land then I thoroughly recommend this to you.

Timing is a little fluid, being weather dependent, so I suggest you consider flying into Cagliari sometime around 25 May and flying home from Palermo sometime after 31 May. That way we can choose when to set sail for Sicily, choosing the best weather window.  There should, of course, be time either end for some relaxation in the sun and exploration of overnight anchorages, so it sounds like fun to me.  If you want to combine this event with the events either side, feel free.

Given good fortune, fair winds and clear skies we will have a light, balmy crossing and you are not going to want to sleep anywhere but the cockpit, under the stars.

We’re happy to take inexperienced sailors as long as we have one or two old hands on board.  I know this event already has interest from a couple of friends, so get in now if you want to secure a place. Otherwise there’s always the return trip.



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6 June to 14 September Explore Sicily Together

Explore Sicily Together

We haven’t sailed the coast of Sicily before, so this is very exciting.  I know lots of people that have had land-based holidays there and several sailors that love the place, so we’re certainly looking forward to it and I’ve started diving into Rod Heikel’s Italian Waters Pilot and noting down places to visit and places to avoid, especially in the high season!

I can’t add a lot more yet but come back here periodically and I’ll do my best to build in some specifics.  If you are thinking about coming out to join us in Sicily, look into flights and give us a call soon.  It will help with planning to have one or two target dates to work with.  Let’s assume that you’ll fly into and out of Palermo, OK?


Yes, YesYes, Yes14th - 25th July 3 berths remaining  25th July - 5th August fully booked  otherwise lots of availability  Get in touch.

15 September to 22 September Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound.

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Yes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesLots of availability. Get in touch.

23 September to 13 October Autumn Wind Down

Autumn Wind Down.

Some would say this is the best time of the year.  Me, I enjoy it all but Sardinia slows down, chills out and cools down, engendering a feeling of well-being.  Familiar waters, the pleasure of finding old friends at anchor in a favourite bay, shared stories of the sea and reflections on another season drawing to a close. Ahhh …

Share these days with us and you’ll not be disappointed.  Enjoy some relaxed day sailing in and around Sardinia and the Arcipelago della Maddalena. Come for a week or a fortnight and we’ll meander along the coast, stay overnight in empty bays, join friends for an impromptu beer or two, visit beaches by dinghy and enjoy good local food and wine. The weather is generally wonderful at this time of year, not too hot and the sea is at its warmest from all the summer sun, perfect for lazy dips or a bit of snorkeling.  Have a little browse at the photos around the site or watch Oboe – The Movie.  Also Tavolara Island is pretty special too.  Our Autumn Wind Down and Chill is suitable for sailors and non-sailors. Lovely! 


Yes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesYes, Yes, YesLots of availability. Get in touch.