Corsica and North Sardinia are wonderful cruising grounds with sufficient ports and anchorages to keep a yachtsman happy for a season or two or even to make a permanent base. The only downsides when cruising in this area are the high prices, crowding in the ports and the very frequent mistrals which howl through the Straights of Bonifacio which separate these two areas. So, a prime requirement for a pilot is that it should highlight the secure anchorages where you can weather a mistral without taking out a mortgage!
This beautifully produced pilot covers all the ports and most of the possible anchorages. A good reason for buying it is the profusion of chartlets, which coupled with the Imray medium-scale charts could be adequate for navigation.
However there are some perverse omissions and failures to update, mainly regarding anchorages, for example:- two of the most secure and popular anchorages in Corsica - just east of the ferry dock in Porto Vechio, and off Plage du Taravo just east of Porto Pollo - are not even mentioned. These will/should be updated soon via the RCCRP (RCC Pilotage Foundation) “Continuing Updates” area found at www.rccpf.org.uk
So, buy this pilot for its chartlets and almost complete coverage, but checking with the Cruising Association’s Captain’s Mate, if you can, may be advisable before choosing your destination if a mistral is forecast!