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Weather bound

September 7, 2012

This week started September off in a rather wet, windy and stormy manner. We changed over on Saturday and pretty soon after it poured it down-at least Phil didn’t have to scrub too hard!

Sadly the forecast did not improve for Sunday and with thunderstorms overhead the guests ventured in to Genova and visited a few churches, the Palazzos, and some great architecture. After a delicious lunch of quiche and salad, a siesta was had, followed by a stroll and dinner onboard (smoked salmon blinis; grilled pork with mixed seasonal vegetables; strawberry pavlova).

Monday came and with it 60 knots of wind! The heavy rain meant the guests decided to visit the aquarium before a delicious fresh tuna salad and dairy free blueberry muffins. The afternoon brightened up and the guests took a stroll around the super yachts, including Ibramavich’s Le Grand Bleu. That night they visited a restaurant behind the yacht called ‘Brigantino’ where we had been with last weeks guests, and enjoyed a delicious and very Italian meal.

Tuesday came and the forecast had looked good but was quickly changed as 40knots were still blowing! With a strong wind forecast all day we decided not to leave again and the guests took the train to the Cinque Terre. Having visited Monterosso and successfully negotiated the Italian trains, they made it back for a yummy dinner of walnut, goats cheese and honey salad; porcini mushroom risotto with herby chicken; and fresh fruit tarts, all eaten outside in the lovely evening sun that finally made an appearance! Shortly after the rain was back and we battened down the hatches for another wet night.

Although Wednesday looked a bit grey and stormy we decided that the observation bouys out at sea were telling a slightly better story so we finally made a run for it and left Genoa! We had a cracking broad-reach sail-sadly I can’t tell you how fast we were going as the speedo was having a kip-but it was our fastest trip yet to San Fruttuoso! The guests explored the monastery and then we had lunch whilst on the move so the wasps couldn’t keep up! We headed round into Santa Margherita and had a great sunset accompanied by pasta and pesto, salmon and vegetables and profiteroles!

Thursday was another beautiful day and we got the sails up and sailed around the bay outside Portofino for a couple of hours before anchoring up for lunch. Having tested the snorkel gear we made our way into Portofino and spent a lovely night bobbing around in the harbour. I was very disappointed to discover that the swim suit shop no longer opens all night, so next week I need to visit earlier!!

After pancakes for breakfast on a deck with a view, we motored off into the very calm and hazy morning. Anchoring up off Camogli town, we had a swim and some lunch followed by a visit from the Guardia Civilia telling us we were too close to the shore! We upped anchor and returned to a much calmer and sunnier Genoa. After a final dinner of prosciutto and melon, stuffed baby aubergines and caramelised banana puddings, our week was almost done! The guests summed it up well, ‘it started with a depression, but ended on a high’!

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