We have a bit of a nor'easter here, cold, wet and windy (but no snow!). No sailing this weekend so time to catch up on a few things. I have been meaning to write for some time now about Enrico and his wonderful open boat sailing on MIRA, a Goat Island Skiff. His blog is called La Polisportiva Franconi. I do not speak Italian but Polisportiva is self-explanatory, particularly when seeing the entries about sailing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, running, biking, rock climbing and mountain climbing. I think there is some horse riding in there too.
It is the sailing of course that interests me and Enrico has done some excellent cruising on MIRA. He has produced a series of videos using GoPro cameras and adding a running commentary in Italian but with English subtitles. It is my kind of sailing, simple and fun.
Here are links to two cruises:
Lago di Como, three days on a lake where his wife joins him for the final day.
Sailing the Mediterranean along the northwest coast of Italy including, I think, Cinque Terre, an area I hope to visit someday.
MIRA, when I first came across Enrico's page, looked familiar. Checking Lorenzo's blog I saw the the Goat Island Skiff was part of the Miravar fleet. At this anchorage from the raid I think that is Lorenzo's Pathfinder ASTRID off to the left and the blue hull of MIRA in back. (I just can't imagine sailing into a beautiful Mediterranean anchorage like that!)
So, a cold winter day here but photographs and videos from open boat sailing in Italy have warmed my day. Thanks, Enrico.