We woke up Sunday morning to light winds from the east and southeast, so instead of staying the day in old Gaeta and leaving that night direct for Sardinia, we raised the anchor and had a nice 35 mile sail to Ponza. Our idea was to take a nap, check the weather again, eat dinner, and get underway before dark (there are lots of rocks around Ponza). By 8 pm we were underway on the 168 nautical mile trip. To arrive in daylight, we needed to go more slowly than usual, but since the winds were light that meant we actually got to sail much of the way! Most cruisers call the Med the "motor-ranean" because the winds are usually either strong and on the nose, or too light. So this was an excellent trip.
At about 7 am we entered Porto Cervo, where the guide book showed a nice anchorage. Not any more--now it is full of mega-yachts and the old area for anchoring has mooring balls. So we asked about taking a mooring, and were told "for a day, 120 euro". Not for us, thanks, so off we went another 5 miles to our current spot where we are happily anchored in the Golfo di Arzachena for free! Our light winds of the trip became blustery 25 knot winds at 8:30 this morning, so we'll spend the day resting here at anchor and go ashore tomorrow to buy our park pass for the islands of the Bonifacio Strait, called the La Maddelena Park.