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Luxury Sailing Holidays: Press Trip

September 12, 2012

Wednesday 12th September
Time is flying by and it doesn’t seem 2 weeks since we were in France but then we remember all the fabulous guests we’ve had this Summer and I realise that we’ve actually been in Italy for nearly 2 months!! That means that we now have just over 5 weeks left on the boat and just over 6 weeks until the wedding!! Realising this last night I bought the confetti and having managed to keep up with my running during the Summer I will now be going religiously every other day and will not be having any more Italian Gelato!!

We had a great few days with Marina and Silvana onboard. Marina is writing an article on us for Italia Magazine and Silvana was the perfect lady for the pictures.

We started off on Saturday in Genova and had a delicious dinner onboard (baked figs; salmon with vegetables; tarte au citron). We headed off on Sunday to San Fruttuoso and the monastery for lunch. There was no wind on a glassy sea and everyone was out making the most of a beautiful day. We were lucky and found an empty buoy to pick up. After a trip around the monastery we had a quinoa salad with grilled chicken and vine tomatoes followed by little berry-filled pavlovas. We rolled along the waves to Santa Margherita Ligure where the guests went exploring and I went for a run to Portofino!

Monday dawned and with it a gentle breeze so we got the sails up and enjoyed a gentle sail around the bay whilst Silvana posed for photos. We then anchored in a very deep spot outside Paraggi, a beautiful little bay and village outside Portofino. We enjoyed a delicious bacon and fig quiche and a green salad, followed by light and fluffy lemon mousses.

We made our way into Portofino and we’d had such a strenuous morning of sailing, posing and eating that a rest was needed before glamming it up in Portofino! After some very beautiful shots the guests relaxed with a drink in the Piazza before dinner. Sadly our view of the square was blocked by a rather large boat called Bistango and if you fancy a week onboard her with Turkish Spa, gym and Italian design it will cost you a mere 350,000 Euros a week for up to 12 guests!

On Tuesday there was very little wind again so we motored round to Camogli, apparently a favourite with the Milanese as it is a lovely town with a good beach, the closest to Milan. The guests spent a little time ashore and then had a bumpy ride back in Terry the Tender over a few waves that the wind had picked up. Lunch of local hams and cheeses with a bright salad and mini rolls followed by Panna Cotta was enjoyed and then an afternoon siesta was had by all the ladies onboard whilst Phil drove us back to Genova!

Once back in Genova it was time to say goodbye and having made two new friends and received open invitations to Milan (very tempting but I think I should save money for now!) we had to clean the boat and be ready for today as we have Phil’s dad arriving this afternoon and his brother on Friday!

Sadly the weather today is not so good, raining and rough seas but the good news is that it’s improving tomorrow and the weekend is going to be very sunny! My tan for the wedding will be nice and golden and even!

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  1. October 18, 2012 9:18 pm

    Hello there! Just found this post 🙂
    Hope everything is good! Currently going through some 700 pics I took while there … It will be a great feature, I am sure! Will keep you posted as soon as it is published (Jan 2013). Can’t wait.
    Thanks again for everything – we had a fantastic time!!! And yes … you’re welcome to Milan anytime!

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