Yacht features/services: Expert crew to sail in the area (skipper + 1st mate), daily italian breakfast, Wi-Fi (ADSL when moored, 3G when sailing), stereo with cd reader, speakers for iPod, inflatable boat tender.
Cinque Terre, Vernazza
60 Ft Private Classic Yacht with crew restored in 2012; the boat is always rented as private yacht with crew to one group of people (family/friends) and is not shared with other guests.
The yacht is moored in Le Grazie, Porto Venere a small fishing village close to Cinque Terre area.
(UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1997)
Richly instrumented to perform long voyages, the yacht was built in 1947 and retains all the charm of the boats of the past.
The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodation: (please check the yacht plan in the photo gallery)
The boat is a yawl of 18 meters (60 feet) built in 1948, restored in 2012 and can accommodate 4+2 guests plus 2 crew members.
GALLEY and SALOON:
worktop in granite and stainless steel sink
Refrigerator with freezer area.
3 burner stove and oven Gas (only the hostess can use it)
electric coffee maker
Plates, glasses and crockery for 8 people
Spaces for stowing groceries and water
Electric vacuum WC cleaner
n. 1 big hatch with blinds
Table for 6 people
Stereo with AUX connection for external I-POD
Heating (only in winter)
1 double bed and 1 single bed (the single bed can accommodate one guest or 2 big suitcases)
n. 10 drawers and n. 4 cabinets for your clothes
n. 1 big hatch with blinds that can be opened
220V socket, Heater (only in winter), hairdryer.
2nd CABIN: just near the entrance, has 1 double bed (small size) and 1 single bed (the single bed can accommodate one guest or 2 big suitcases)
n. 2 drawers and n. 4 cabinets for your clothes
n. 1 big hatch with blinds
220V socket, Heater
marble worktop and ceramic sink with hot / cold water.
Removable hot shower
Bilge pump automatic for shower water.
n.1 WC (electric)
N. 1 220V socket
N. 6 small drawers
NAVIGATION INSTRUMENTS: (only the skipper can use the equipment)
Chart table with all the navigation tools
(radar, plotter, GPS, VHF, wind instruments, barograph, Autopilot, ...)
N. 1 outlet 220V
N. 1 lighter socket 12 V
Navigation charts and coast pilots
BOAT EXTERNAL AREA: Teak and mahogany deck
N. 1 removable aft table for 4 people
N. 1 removable bow table for 8 people
N. 2 outdoor showers (one hot –aft- and one cold –bow-)
N. 6 seats in the aft cockpit
N. 3 awnings for external use
Inflatable tender for 8 people with 5 HP outboard motor
The boat has a generous sail area in relation to the very fine lines of the hull and a very small wetted surface.
The mast (23meters) allows a main sail of 60 square meters, the total surface of the sails (yankee, foresail mainsail, and mizzen) reaches 200 square meters.
The crew (skipper and hostess) will be already at the yacht on your check-in and will leave the yacht on your check-out, to ensure the privacy of our guests the crew has is own cabin with bath and a separate entrance from the front of the yacht, has you can see on the yacht plan in the photo gallery.
The boat was commissioned in 1947 by Comm Pratolongo Mario, a true sportsman of the sea, and launched in July 1948 with the name of Fiammetta II. So it was called the daughter of the owner.
That year the journal "Sail and Power" wrote: - … was born an "Ocean Racer" classy ...
For fifteen years the boat stayed in Sicily but in 1965 came back to the Sailing Club "Italy" in Naples and in 1968 in Rome. Around 1971 it was bought by an executive of Banco di Napoli and returned to the capital of Campania to be sold again in 1975 to George Peruffo.
Then it was transferred to the next owner with an unusual way: the exchange with a light aircraft.
The yacht was re-checked and rearranged in the yard of Santa Margherita di Caorle.
Finally in 1983, the boat meet the actaul owner and found the friendly waters of the Ligurian coast.
Today the boat is moored in Le Grazie little harbour and is very popular in Classic Yachts Regatta.
Location:The Cinque Terre, UNESCO World Heritage Site
THE CINQUE TERRE
The Cinque Terre literally means "The five lands", and these five are the communities of Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza along with their urban relative Monterosso.
The northernmost of these five is Monterosso and it is the tourist hub of the region, with traffic, crowds, and the only notable example of contemporary urban life here. The other four are inaccessible by road, and are pure rural villages in an agricultural belt lush with gardens and vineyards. All the five are situated among olive and chestnut groves on steep, rocky terrain overlooking the gulf of Genoa.
These five tiny seafront villages are not easily accessible by car but easy to get to by sea or train
Our suggestion to better enjoy the area is by sailing with a private crew.
Cinque Terre, Porto Venere
This whole area is a gastronomist’s paradise. Its culinary delights are dishes based on the produce of from forest, field, and sea.
The land here yields an incredible variety of mushrooms; and oregano, borage, rosemary, and sage grow in abundance. The pine nuts necessary to pesto are easily gathered from the forests, as are chestnuts for making flour and olives for the oil that is the foundation of all dishes. Garlic and leeks form the essence of sauced dishes, and beets turn up without warning in ravioli and other dishes. Fishing boats add their rich catches of anchovies, mussels, squid, octopus, and shellfish.
To wash it all down, vineyards produce wonderful Sciacchetra, a sweet wine, rarer than many other Italian varieties.
To be in Cinque Terre means to visit five villages suspended between sea and earth, clinging on to cliffs and surrounded by green hills; it means to know the history of whom, for centuries, has fought against difficult land but it also means to taste the results of this millenarian struggle and in particular wine and produce.
To visit these villages means to learn about the culture of the dry-stone walls and of the vineyard, of the fishermen and of their fishing nets, of the steep valleys and of their paths.
Who visits Cinque Terre can choose between a dive in the sea or a hike on the hills, between a walk in the narrow alleys called "carruggi" or a boat trip, a pilgrimage to a sanctuary or a seafood lunch.
It is a landscape unique in the world in which man and nature live together in harmony since the beginning of time.
A coast of many colours, evocative and unique. Villages overlooking the sea, green hills and crystal clear water. The Gulf of Poets invites you quietly and it is not surprising that it was loved by poets and writers like Shelley, Byron, Petrarch and Montale. To them this Gulf ows the name of Gulf of Poets, which from Lerici goes to Porto Venere, embracing two promontories, beaches, rugged coast, blue sea, ancient villages and wilderness.
Tellaro, San Terenzo, Fezzano, Le Grazie, the island Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Places enchanted and pleasing, formerly part of what was the historic Lunigiana, so different from the tuscan Lunigiana, but so united in customs, traditions and cuisine.
In the eastern most part of the Spezia Golf is the breathtaking town of Porto Venere. The town takes its name from a temple erected in the roman times in honour of Venere Ericina, on the promontory where the church of San Pietro now stands.
Originally property of the lords of Vezzano, it was later bought by the Genevans in 1113, who then proceeded to build a castle over the existing fort.
They also erected protective walls around the colourfully painted ligurian houses.
Porto Venere still boasts its main tower, situated to the left of the entrance into Via Capellini, the main road that is also know as “il Carugio.
The Byron's cave
The Piazza Spallanzani, which was originally the central point of the preroman Castrum Vetus, the church of San Pietro, on the far extreme of the promontory, and the church of San Lorenzo located high on the hillside, are all worth a visit. Facing Porto Venere is the archipelago made up of the three isles of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, which form part of the Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Venere.
Tino preserves remains dating back to the 11th century, whilst Tinetto boasts remains dating back further still, to the 6th century. Tino is military territory, and is only accessible on the 13th of September, when it holds festivities in honour of San Venerio. The island of Palamaria, which is separated from Portovenere by a narrow stretch of sea called Le Bocche, attracts the largest number of tourists, thanks to its rich natural surroundings, which are a typical example of the Mediterranean landscape.
The surrounding area encompasses Le Grazie, a small fishing town where it is possible to visit the archaeological site of the Villa Romana del Varignano, and the late gothic sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Not far from Le Grazie lies the town of Fezzano, a town composed of small houses crammed higgledy-piggledy along narrow streets and alleyways, and built up around the church of San Giovanni Battista, which has pride of place in the centre of the town and dates back to 1740.
LE GRAZIE Le Grazie is located not far from Spezia, in a little bay between Varignano and Pezzino. The oldest part of the town stretches from the area surrounding the 15th century church, dedicated to Nostra Signora delle Grazie, passing under the Ria Arch and ending up at the monument of the Fallen.
Of the ancient monastery, which was the former headquarters of the Olivetans and which has now been turned into residential flats, only the refectory remains, decorated with fantastic 13th century frescos painted by artist Nicolo Corso.
In the Varignano Vecchio quarter reside the remains of a roman villa from the 1st century AC. The remains are located at the bottom of a small valley, and form an archaeological site that is now open to the public.
The port of Le Grazie was formerly a naval base, and is responsible for many of the changes made to the layout of the town over the years.
The territory between Mesco Point and Cape Montenero is a very particular and fascinating landscape, both for its natural ambient, which has been maintained more or less intact in time, and for the deep-rooted historical and human values that have influenced and modelled it, making it a unique scene in the world.
From December 1999, the mounts overlooking the sea, the terraces made with the hard work of man, the coast, the sea and the deep seabed form the National Park of the Cinque Terre and the Protected Marine Area.
The foundation of the Protected Marine Area dates back to 1997 and includes the part of sea between Mesco Point and Cape Montenero.
Le Grazie annual festival and classic yacht regatta
Each year the second week-end of September Le Grazie host the annual festival for "La Madonna delle Grazie" and the Valdettaro Classic Yacht Regatta; a three days of music, food, live show and sailing !