Calvi – The Windy City
Posted: Fri, Jun 24, 2011
Location: traitorously jagged cliffs, light houses making sure boats don’t go straight into cliffs that border the whole Island like a natural castle wall. Oh, and it’s pretty choppy.
During our first shift of night sailing we had three teams that swapped every three hours, from 9 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. This meant that every crew member was feeling somewhat fatigued. When team three spotted land the wind finally started to pick up, so they cut off the engine and we finally got to use a hundred percent sail power. Group one saw about twenty dolphins that swam all away around the boat, and stayed around the bow; the first wildlife seen at sea. We arrived at Calvi around 11am with every crewman who did bow watch soaked head to toe. The scenery that leads up to the port was incredibly unique with mountains so tall that they still had snow on them, in June, in the middle of the Mediterranean. On the right hand side of this huge bay there was a lighthouse that has been guiding ships 500 years ago to now from crashing into the jagged rocks. Behind the lighthouse is a still functioning city built within a castle wall. Once we dropped anchor we had to bring the sails down and put sail covers on, but the wind was blowing with such intense gusts nothing would fold or tie down. Once we got passed the massive task it was to tie the sails down we ate a great lunch of grilled sandwiches and tomato soup, and then headed to shore. The boat ride was just as feverish as the wind soaked everyone on their way in to shore. In the town that extended out of the castle wall, the entire water front was cluttered with yachts off all sizes, but water front at the town’s edge turned into a nice short beach filled with restaurants and water sport rentals. This beautiful city overflowing from a 15th century wall nestled within a jagged cliff of a bay is a fantastic example of the Mediterranean’s most extreme and insane geography.