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Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

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Hi everyone, thanks for the replies!
Our idea is spreading among our friends and we´re currently a group of 9 people coming from Brazil, the US and France. We intend to get together in a week late June for a cruise in a catamaran.

Corse seems to be a unanimity amongst all. We´d like to take advantage of being on a boat and sleeping aboard to explore places you can´t go by car. Anyone who knows the Island of Beauty can reccommend best spots to visit (ex: north or south?)?

Apart from that, I´m looking for a nice place in land, nearby, to take a French course, perhaps a month long. Aix-en-Provence has been reccommended, but I´ll definitely check the spots PCP mentioned.

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and you will have a lot of good recommendations.

One week is not much to know Corsica. Recommendations will depend where you are going to charter, I mean the port: 3days in a direction and 3 days back will not give you a big choice. Maybe you can do that for 15 days and in that case the possibilities are bigger.

I will recommend you to charter on Corsica. If you charter on mainland and sail to Corsica you can be surprised by the Mistral on the returning date and can have to face it. A Mistral is no joke and is not very predictable.


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Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

Thank you everybody for your valuable tips!

Gisele is my wife, and while she's looking at the entertainment affairs ;-) I am looking at some pilot charts of the area and noticed what you said about the mistral (= tramontana?) during summer. It's from N or WNW induced by a low pressure over the lion gulf right? If it happens and reach corsica are there sheltered anchorages in the island coast?

What about "levante" from E?
Should we expect it during summer time (jun/jul)?

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Re: hints for French Mediterranean?

That's about this:

"Weather conditions are usually benign during the summer, although the north and west coasts of the island are not good places to be if a mistral blows up, as there is a long fetch all the way from the coast of France. Seabreezes are mostly light along the coast, with the exception of the Strait of Bonifacio, where yachts will often encounter winds 2 or 3 Beaufort more than the prevailing breeze. A bracing 4/5 SE will often be experienced as a near-gale 6/7 as you near the Straits."

There are plenty of protected anchorages and marinas. I was talking about a passage to continental France with a fixed date. that could be a bad idea because that piece of sea is the one more exposed to the Mistral.

Check out this:

Corsica - a Cruising Guide on the World Cruising and Sailing Wiki

Check out on Google earth and you will find out plenty shelters with sandy beaches and turquoise waters.


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