|Wednesday 20 June
Was woken up at 05:30 to the sound of our windlass paying out chain (luckily it wasn’t pulling up chain). Somehow the hand held controller had engaged (Gen thinks it was salt water got into the controller and shorted) – gremlins.
We got a short sail in but it was a hard slog as there was a fair bit of current against us.
We stopped off at Marina Sveva for fuel to be on the safe side as we anticipate there being a lot of motoring over the next few days.
Anchored outside of the harbour in Ortano.
Thursday 21 June
Left the anchorage in basically next to no wind, meaning the whole passage would be under motor. Mid morning we were approached by a black rib with 6 officials on board. These were yet another guarding / policing force. They took some details and promptly sped off.
Anchored outside of the San Benedetto harbour. Quite late that evening we were approached by the Coastguard who took our papers and passports and checked all our details. This took nearly an hour. One of the officials spoke very good English so the experience wasn’t all that bad.
Friday 22 June
Got up early for a long passage to try and beat the bad weather approaching from the east. We had variable winds for a while and then, before forecast, the winds increased from 10kn to 30kn in a matter of minutes and the swell grew considerably. We endured this for nearly an hour and then found refuge in the inner harbour of Ancona.
* got terrible rope burn to my left hand when trying to let out some genoa – super duper ouch! No doing the dishes for at least a week.
On the way we saw many of the shell-fishing boats unique to this area. They have large cages attached at the bow of the boat and then trawl the bottom going in reverse. Quite interesting to watch. I think they mainly collect clams.
Found a berth at the sailing club and basically stayed on board throughout the evening and recovered from the stress.
Saturday 23 June
In the afternoon we wandered around the town which was quite interesting. Very little has been written up about Ancona but we did find some very fascinating churches scattered around the town. The cathedral on top of the hill was impressive but the best church we visited was S. Maria Della Piazza c. 13th century, which was being guarded by members of the Knights Templar.
Sunday 24 June
Left mid morning and headed for Fano. Staying in the marina where you berth in between two piles (very reminiscent of the Baltic). After settling in we wandered into the old town which was full of surprises. Again very little is written up about this town.
The architecture here is very different to what we saw in the south and the churches are amazing. The statues and paintings within them are magnificent.
Monday 25 June
Staying on board today and completing chores and maintenance. Today we watched a thunderstorm approach and we’ve had quite a bit of rain which is great for washing the decks.
Tuesday 26 June
In the afternoon we wandered around the old town again. Fano has been a surprise. The streets in the old town house wonderful medieval buildings and each church never fails to impress.
Wednesday 27 June
Mid morning left Fano and headed for Rimini. Along the way it was like playing dodgems trying to miss all the lobster pots/ buoys.
Had a drink in the marina bar which overlooks the beach and watched a number of people collect what looked like clams. Yes, we are thinking of foraging but will need to get up early morning.
Thursday 28 June
Wandered into the old town which was a little disappointing considering what we saw in Ancona and Fano. But nevertheless enjoyed it.
Friday 29 June
Wandered back into the old town specifically to visit the market. Made a bit of mistake in buying percebies (which are not local to the area (found mainly in Spain)) and scallops. Both of which were quite pricey, but shellfish we like. The percebies were not very good but at least the scallops were.
Tonight there appears to be a bit of a music festival happening.
Saturday 30 June
Took the train and visited Ravenna. This place is amazing – it’s full of UNESCO heritage sites primarily featuring mosaics from the Byzantine times. It’s hard to describe or even take photos of how amazing these places are. We visited: Basilica of Sant’Apolllinare Nuovo; neonian (orthodox) baptistery; st Andrews chapel; archiespiscopal museum; and Dantes tomb. Magic!!!
Got back in the afternoon to three large stages having been erected on the beach and warm up music blaring. The DJ’s started around 9pm and finished at 2am.
Sunday 1 July
In the morning set off for Ravenna. A bit of wind - so got a sail in, which we are happy about.