Isolo di Montecristo , Isola Africa and Elba

Isolo di Montecristo , Isola Africa and Elba

We woke up to a cloudy sky with rain squalls in the distance. Set off for Elba in the Toscana Archipelago some 81 nm to the NE. With a 15 to 18 kn wind from the ENE we motor-sailed for a short while. Then flew the jib once the wind clocked round a little to the East making 6 to 6,5 kn. Our plan was to pass between Isola Montecristo and Isola Africa. The former being 648 m high slowly hove into view. It is the island chosen by Alexander Dumas for his novel - The Count of Montecristo. Today, it is a nature reserve and supposedly infested with adders. Anchoring and landing is prohibited as is fishing, swimming and diving. Our hope was to see cetaceans but the sea state was such that spotting any dolphins would be difficult. We hoped therefore to see something ‘larger’ ! But were not fortunate. The wind clocked a little more and we ran out the genoa and picked up speed to 8 kn. The lack of cetaceans was made up by some great sailing despite the inclement weather as we passed Isola Pianosa on our Port side. We are now anchored in a secluded Bay between Pt. Tamorcone and Pt. Taparetion in the SE part of Golfo Stella (S Elba).