Essential information

Sardinia

Location

Our Cannigione base is located in the Gulf of Arzachena. There are two harbours, Mucchi Bianchi on the east side near the entrance and Cannigione on the west side.

Located at the northwestern edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, our base in Cannigione is a fantastic location for a Sardinia yacht charter start. Regardless of the sailing route you choose, a Sardinia yacht charter has all the ingredients for superlative snorkelling, upmarket dining, boutique shopping, amazing sailing and fascinating sightseeing in picturesque towns.

Contact details

Sailitalia/Sunsail
Via A.Vespucci, 28
Cannigione (Sassari)
Sardinia
Italy

Base open hours

Mon-Fri: 9.30am-1pm and 3pm-7pm

Saturday: 9am-7.30pm (or until last embarkation)

Sunday: 9am-1pm

Outside of these times the base in Procida can be contacted.

Base is open from 1 April-31 October.

Base/shore facilities

Cannigione base facilities include:

Laundromats, hotels, restaurants, public phones, bank and fuel.

Arrival and departure

Time difference

Time difference between the UK and Italy is +1 hour GMT.

Airport

The nearest airport is Olbia Airport. Olbia Airport is approximately 17 miles from the base. By car, the journey to the base takes about one hour.

Transfers

Transfers can be arranged in advance. Contact us for more information.

From the Airport Olbia Costa Smeralda or from the port of Olbia there is a bus which links Olbia with the main beautiful cities of the northern part of the Sardinia, including Cannigione.

Car rental

There are a number of car rental companies available at the airport, including Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget Dollar, National Sixt and Thrifty Eurocar.

Driving licenses and other traffic documents valid in other countries are recognised in Italy. Distances are indicated in kilometer (1 km=0.621 miles).

An international insurance certificate is required for citizens from non-EC countries.

The wearing of seat belts in front and rear seats is obligatory.

An appropriate harness system is obligatory for children from two to 12 years of age. Traffic drives on the right. Road signs are international. Many petrol stations are closed from 12-3pm.

Visitors are advised to check locally about exact opening times.

Parking

There is only street parking available in Cannigione. 

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and visas

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket, otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

If your child is not already included on a valid British passport, they are required to hold their own passport.

EU passport holders do not require a visa.

Non-British passport holders should check with their local consulate direct.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. We cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you're in any doubt, please contact your embassy for full details.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information before you leave.

We are not responsible for any requirement changes.

Customs and immigration

Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear customs and immigration.

On arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 6pm for boarding. Luggage may be left at the base office at the marina.

When you arrive at the base, we will provide you with a weather forecast for the next 24 hours. On your radio, you can also listen to the weather forecast 24 hours a day in both English and Italian. Harbour offices also receive a weather forecast regularly.
Chart briefing and boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.

Out of hours arrival procedure

There will be a representative at the base until 11pm to accompany you to your boat. The check in and briefing will be completed the following morning.

On departure

At the end of your charter your yacht will need to be vacated by 9am, so we recommend that you return to the base the day before.

Before departing your boat you will need to collect a debrief form from reception.
The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip. This enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to Sunsail in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge you for boats left less than shipshape.

Sailing information

Sailing experience: Level 2

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Get more information on Cannigione's sailing conditions.

Sailing licences

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Italy. 

Night time sailing 

Night Sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Returning yacht

Please returnyour yacht by 6pm on the day prior to departure. This allows the base to refuel your yacht using a weekly (Thursdays only) fuel barge.

Cruising area limits

This information is provided in the chart briefing.

Mooring fees and taxes

Most overnight stops in the area will be at mooring buoys/anchor as opposed to alongside quays. The buoys will cost approximately EUR 50 per night and are to be paid locally at each anchorage.

Marina fees start at approximately EUR 40 per night and can be as much as EUR 1600 per night, depending on the time of the year and the size of boat. 

These are approximate prices only.

Charts and pilot book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. Charts and pilot books can be purchased by email order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting 02380 634911. 

Fuel 

Price available at the base.

Cool boxes

Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Weather information

Sardinia is located at the center of the Mediterranean and has a delightful six month summer. It is hot and dry from May to October but quite often with a breeze due to its location. The winter months are rather mild with a good amount of sunshine, particularly in March and April.

Forecasts

Sailing conditions: 144 66 1906
Weather reports: 144 66 1911

Tides

Due to its Mediterranean location the region is almost non tidal: one to two feet, including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds.

The dominant winds

Prevailing north-westerly winds. The velocity is 12-20 knots and usually not more.

Skippered charter information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Banks and money exchange

Currency

The euro is the currency used throughout Italy.

Banks

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am-1.30pm and 2.30-4pm.

Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Cash machines are operational 24 hours a day.

Credit card information

MasterCard, Visa and Eurocheque cards are widely accepted throughout Italy. Traveller’s cheques are accepted in major Italian cities and tourist areas, however not in some very small establishments and outdoor markets. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, it is best to take travelers cheques to Italy denominated in euros.

Please note: bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.

General information

Language

The official language in Italy is Italian.

Restaurants

Cannigione is full of affordable restaurants serving traditional local meals.

  • Ristorante La Risacca
  • Ristorante La Sciumara
  • Ristorante Entro Fuori Bordo
  • Ristorante Hotel Del Porto

Tipping

Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants and bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15 percent of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill.

Tip according to quality of service.

Hotels

  • Hotel Residence Riva Azzurra
  • Hotel Del Porto
  • Hotel Baja
  • Hotel Micalosu
  • Hotel Club Cala di Falco

Electrical, phones and music

Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Italy is 220 volts and uses the standard European 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

Your mobile phone may work when in Italy, but please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract.

Music/iPods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Activities

Provisioning

We offer a wide range of food and drinks packages to suit your party’s needs.

Find out more about our provisioning options.

Water sports

Scuba diving

Sardinia’s clear waters, rocky coastline and islands offer great scuba diving for the novice through to the seasoned diver. Alghero, on the northwest coast is a good base for year round diving in deep sea with many caverns to explore.

In the northeast dive schools abound and some of our hotels have there own dive centre, including the Abi d’Oru, the Capo d’Orso, Park Hotel Cala di Lepre and Dune Village. For self catering, Residence Il Mirto.

In the south, marine life abounds and our hotels Sofitel Timi Ama, Hotel and Residence Cormoran and Hotel Chia Laguna have their own dive centres. Diving in the warm waters of the Mediterranean during a holiday is definitely the way to have a go. Dive equipment contact information can be requested through our base should you wish to pre-book a scuba diving excursion.

Fishing

Sardinia offers numerous opportunities for fishing either inland on the numerous lakes and rivers or on the coast off the rocks or jetties. You'll often see the locals catching octopi and taking them home for dinner. Offshore sport fishing trips can be also be arranged.

Some hotels in the north of the island offer trips on The Poseidon, a 45 foot sport fishing boat with excellent equipment, a very comfortable cabin and sundeck. They offer day or night fishing, drifting, deep or shallow line fishing and deep or coastal fishing.

The waters around the northeast are especially rich with fish and this is a fantastic trip for the keen fisherman. Inland near Mandra Edera Farm is Lake Omodeo with stunning scenery and coarse fishing. There is also fishing on the lakes and lagoons that surround Oristano on the west coast.

In the south there is excellent fishing at Cala Carbonara where there is an abundance of marine life. From Alghero you can take a boat and rod out to fish under the cliffs at Capo Caccia. From Cala Gonone there is freshwater fishing on the Fiumendosa and Cedrino Rivers, getting better the further up stream you go. Whether you are a keen fisherman or a child with a hand line, fishing is a popular activity in Sardinia.

Snorkelling gear

In order to save you from carrying extra luggage, we provide snorkelling equipment, including flippers, mask and snorkel. The equipment is stored in the office. Just ask the customer service representative for the sizes needed for you and your crew. Please ask for availability of children’s sizes as some bases have a smaller selection than others. You may wish to pack your own, as children may be more comfortable with what is familiar to them. 

Kayaks

One-man kayaks are available. Please contact one of our sales representative for details.

Health and safety

Illness or injury

If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either your lead boat or at our base. If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills.

Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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