In Tunisia there were more cargo ships than you could “poke a stick at”. Only trouble was I wasn’t allowed to take any photos from inside the port or on the water, I was doing my best to avoid them. When we left Tunis to go to Sardinia unfortunately for us, and Walter, we crossed the major shipping lane from Europe to the gateway of Africa in the dark. This was our most stressful time sailing, as the big boys don’t get out of your way so we give way every time. You would be stupid to argue.

We Have To Get Out Of Their Way

Viewing massive container ships and tankers on a small screen at night, always makes it look more horrendous than it is, but when the alarm goes off telling us  they are only 2 nautical miles away, you really take notice. This alarm rang three times on this night, we estimate there were 20 ships in our vicinity, before we had crossed the shipping lanes. Little wonder most people try and avoid crossing these busy traffic lanes in the dark.






From the shore we counted over 30 ships waiting to go into port, at the time we were a long way from the harbour entrance


Sardinia – Port Villasimius

Below are just a few photos I thought may be of interest
a  lots of room in our winter marina



Sardinia – Port Arbatax 

As we were travelling up the east coast of Sardinia, we had a direct line to meet with a huge passenger ferry that was leaving the Obia. It was heading straight out, we were heading across it’s path. Needless to say we were happy to change course and sail along side in the opposite direction until they passed us by.





This felt close even with making sure we turned early



Corsica – Port Vecchio






(As always click on photos to enlarge.)


Hope you enjoy my friend



the Miss


PS Do you think Lord of the Rings is popular in Arbatax, based on the names of these boats?

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  1. Walter

    Hi Reet and Gary
    Thanks so much for these photos of ships and your accounts of your trip. Fascinating stories to tell and wonderful photos.

  2. jacqui

    great photos, I had no idea how busy these shipping lanes are. As always an interesting story.

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