This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your holiday itinerary in more detail.

Sailing Requirements

Click here to review the sailing requirements for Italy while planning your sailing holiday.

Address & Map

Please note that this base is operated by our Franchise partner Sailitalia.

Sailitalia/The Moorings
Via A.Vespucci, 28
Cannigione (Sassari)
Tel: (+ 39) 078 988 325

Email: [email protected]
After hours & Sunday
Tel: (+39) 331 957 4776 
We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.

Hours of operation
Monday to Thursday: in case of embarkment
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm or until the last arrival
Sunday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in case of embarkment
Season: This charter destination is closed from early November to mid March. 

Base facilities
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including a laundromat, hotel, restaurant, public phones, bank and fuel.

Base map


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Arrival & Departure

How to get there
Cannigione is in the Gulf of Arzachena. The Gulf has two harbours. The first is Mucchi Bianchi on the east side near the entrance, and Cannigione on the West side. The nearest airport is Olbia Airport. Olbia Airport is approximately 27km from the Base. By car the journey to the base will take about one hour.

Servicing Airlines
Charter flights
Due to the number of flights which we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Be sure to contact your Holiday Planner before you book your flights.

Customs / immigration information – Disclaimer
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. The passport expiry date must be no earlier than six months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

The nearest airport is Olbia Airport – OLB

Airport Transfers
Transfers are not included in your charter price, so you must arrange or pay for your own on arrival (see below) or, for your convenience, you can arrange return taxi transfers in advance. Please contact your Holiday Planner who will be happy to do this for you. While we will arrange these transfers, they must still be paid for locally in euros.

  • From Olbia Airport (1 hour) On arrival, look for your driver holding a sign with 'The Moorings' displayed on it. Approximate cost: 1-4 pax €120 each way, 5-8 pax €200 each way, 9-12 pax €240 each way.

Returning paperwork
- In order to provide you with the flawless charter you expect from The Moorings, we require that specific information be provided in a timely manner.  
- Please return all items, such as the guest list, provisioning selections, transfer form and resumes to us at least 30 days prior to your charter start.  
- Any information provided or changed within 90 days of your charter start date, which The Moorings considers crucial to the planning process, is subject to an additional fee. 

Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 3:00 pm.
Briefing Times: Chart briefings are scheduled between 1 pm and 3 pm local time depending on arrival followed by the boat briefing.   
All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help and more. Please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter.
Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning. 

Late arrival procedure
The Base personnel wait for you until 9:00 pm. After 9:00 pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's name and berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The Base personnel will be available the next day from 9:00 am.

Security excess If you haven't purchased Yacht Damage Waiver, a security deposit (amount as per your invoice) is payable at the base by traveller's cheques, Visa or Master Card, and is refundable at the end of the charter subject to there being no loss or damage. The liability includes loss or theft of the dinghy and/or outboard.

Taxes / departure tax
There is no departure tax payable.

Gruppo Aisoni: Taxi service 24 hours a day, using only Mercedes cars. Taxi service to and from the airport. Minibus rental with drivers Transfers and Excursions
Tel. +39 0789 709266; +39 368 3224426 – Fax +39 0789 709266
Satta – Via Marie Curie: Transports all over the island
Taxi service for and to the Olbia airport "Costa Smeralda" Car rental with drivers
Tel. +39 0784 844 351; +39 335 690 8025 – Fax +39 0784 844 351
Website: – Email: [email protected]

Car rental
Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget Dollar, National Sixt, Thrifty Eurocar
Driving licences 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 2 to 12 years of age.
Traffic drives on the right. Road signs are international.
Many petrol stations are closed 12 -3 p.m.
Visitors are advised to check locally about exact opening times.

Parking can be booked directly at the base. There is a charge of €30 per week. 

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General Information

Area: 187,244 sq. mi.
Population: 58,126,212
Capital city: Rome
People: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)
Language: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)
Religion: Roman Catholic, other (includes mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community)
Government: Republic
Major industries: tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics
Tipping:  This is a matter of personal discretion. Although bills normally include a service charge, it is customary to tip in restaurants and other places that cater to tourists. You may use the following as a guideline:  Porters: 50¢ per bag; Waiter/Waitress: $1.00 per person; Chamber Maid: 50¢ per person, per day; Bus Driver: $3.00 per person, per day; Group Tour Guide: $6-7 per person, per day; Private Car Tour Guide: $10 - $15 per person, per day.
Currency: Euro
Electricity:  voltage 230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug)
Time: UTC/GMT +1 hour.  Daylight saving time: +1 hour

Some Major Events

* January - Fair of Sant'Orso in Aosta
* February - Feast of the almond-blossom in Agrigento
* February/March - Carnival in Venice, Viareggio and Ivrea
* March/April - "Scoppio del carro" in Florence
* May - Candle race in Gubbio ;Cavalcata sarda" in Sassari ;Maggio musicale" in Florence
* May/June - "Festival of the Two Worlds" in Spoleto
* June - Flower festival in Genzano
* July - "Palio" horserace in Siena; "Festa del Redentore" in Venice; "Umbria Jazz"
* August - Quintana tournament in Ascoli Piceno in Siena ana tournament in Arezzo
* August/September - "Settimane musicali" in Stesa al & Opera seasons in Milan and Verona
* September - Historical regatta in Venice Game in Marostica in Asti national Cinema Festival in Venice
* October - Grape feast in Merano
* November - Feast of the Madonna della Salute in Venice
* December - Franciscan crib in Greccio

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

Ristorante La Risacca
Ristorante La Sciumara
Ristorante Entro Fuori Bordo
Ristorante Hotel Del Porto
Inquire at The Moorings Customer Service for more options.

Post Office
The post office is just 19 miles from the Sail Italia/Moorings office.
The Post Office is open From Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit

Internet connectivity
Most hotels offer wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) in at least one public space, such as the lobby or lounge.  

Mobile phones
Companies in Italy will rent you a GSM mobile phone all set to make and receive calls. You can usually arrange such rentals at your hotel, or on the Internet before you arrive in Italy.

Tourist information centres
Agencia Di Viaggi Totem Tours – Tel: + 39 0789 88153 - Website:

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Banks & Money Exchange

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: Closed. Cash Machine operational 24 hours a day.

Currencies / money exchange
Currency exchange: You can exchange currency and traveller's cheques in Italy at most major banks, airports, large hotels, or at one of the many money exchange centres. Generally, banks will give you better rates so shop around.

Always carry additional cash to cover both anticipated and unanticipated expenses. The following are anticipated expenses to aid your advance planning. Your Moorings Holiday Planner can assist you in approximating costs:

  • Airport / shuttle transfers
  • Tax and service charges
  • Customs and duty fees
  • Refundable deposits 
  • Additional beverages
  • Additional meals
  • Personal incidentals
  • Gratuities

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Activities & Sports

In order to save you from carrying extra luggage, The Moorings provides snorkelling equipment: flippers, mask and snorkel for your use. The equipment is stored in the office. Just ask the customer service representative for the sizes needed for you and your crew.

Sardinia’s clear waters, rocky coastline and islands offer great scuba diving for the novice through to the seasoned diver. Alghero, on the north-west coast is a good base for year-round diving in deep sea with many caverns to explore. In the north-east dive schools abound and some of our hotels have their own dive centre such as 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 warm waters of the Mediterranean during a holiday is definitely the way to have a go! Dive equipment contact information can be requested through the base in the event the client would like to pre-book their scuba diving excursion.

Sardinia offers numerous opportunities for fishing, either inland on the numerous lakes and rivers or on the coast off the rocks or jetties: you can 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 14 m 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 north-east are especially rich with fish and this is a fantastic trip for the keen fisherman. Inland near to 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 upstream you go. Whether you are a keen fisherman or a child with a hand line, fishing is a popular activity in Sardinia.

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Cruising Information

Marina information
During the summer months, you will generally need to call in advance to reserve a berth at other ports and marinas. You will find a booklet on board listing the telephone numbers for these. During the summer months, the main port of Capri in particular is extremely difficult to reserve a berth in; alternatives will be suggested during the briefing. Port authorities will sometimes request the boat's papers and your charter contract. Remember to retrieve your documents before leaving.

Marina prices 
Sail Italia/Moorings has reserved berths in the Marina, just a short walk from the Sail Italia/Moorings Office. Your first and last night moorings are complimentary.
All other nights are at customer’s expense and subject to availability. Payment details will be confirmed at the Base.

Pre-charter briefing 

  • All head charterers are required to attend a pre-charter briefing and yacht orientation prior to the charter start.  
  • You will be advised of navigation and customs procedures between the various islands, points of interest, proper yacht and equipment operation, and emergency information.  Please keep all questions of this nature until that time. 
  • Specific yacht operation and navigation questions will be addressed during this briefing.
  • A yacht operations manual will be aboard the yacht for your use.

Electricity information
Electricity in Italy is 220V 50Hz AC. Italian sockets are designed to accept round prongs. Bring an adapter with you.

Wi-Fi is available, cost is as follows:

  • € 80 per week per boat (5GB) – 5 connections
  • € 100 per week per boat – 10 connections

Wi-Fi is not included in your charter price. Please contact your Moorings Holiday Planner who can add this service to your contract.Wi-Fi must be paid for locally in Euro upon arrival.

Sailing area restrictions
Restricted Zones: Information will be given during the boat briefing.
Cruising Information: Information will be given during the boat briefing.

If you choose to sail to Archipelago-La Maddalena, a permit is required. This Permit is available to purchase upon arrival at the base and at a discounted rate.  

Permit Rates by Boat size: 

  • 14M or less       €40
  • 14M or larger    €60
  • All Catamarans €60

Interesting sites
While you are in Sardinia take the opportunity to visit these cultural attractions. Cannigione lies on the western shore of the broad bay that forms the Gulf of Arzachena. This deep bay has two harbours. The first is Mucchi Bianchi on the east side near the entrance and Cannigione on the West side. Tourist development has transformed this old fishing village, which was also the point of departure for boats to the island of La Maddelena, into a functional, modern holiday resort. The Gulf of Arzachena which reaches so deeply into the mainland that it seems like a fjord, ends in a lagoon that is highly interesting from the point of view of nature. The small village is charming and the hinterland fertile and green, in marked contrast to the barren rocky landscape so often encountered elsewhere. In the summer, the town is full of life in an unsophisticated enjoyable way.

What to pack
Our years of experience have taught us that extra time planning your wardrobe in advance guarantees a trouble-free holiday. Life aboard a sailing yacht requires some packing strategy. We recommend the following guidelines to enhance your holiday:

  • Pack clothing that can be layered to be comfortable in the varied conditions you are likely to encounter.
  • Pack clothing that is multi-purpose and easily washed. Less luggage means less burden.
  • Soft duffel-type luggage eases storage aboard both the yacht and the aeroplane.
  • Try not to have check-in baggage at the airport. If you need to pack check-in luggage, make sure it contains less essential items in case it is lost.
  • Use your Moorings luggage labels to assist in identification by The Moorings or airport personnel.
  • Non-skid rubber-soled shoes, sun screening products and insect repellent are a must for life aboard a sailing yacht.
  • Pack an adequate supply of all prescription medications with a doctor’s permit. The Moorings has a “zero tolerance” policy in regard to illegal drugs.

Remember to take along your travel insurance policy. In case of an emergency you will need to refer to the claim procedures specified in the policy.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Moorings provisioning
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service. Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht by supplying you with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive à la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

There are several supermarkets located near the base.

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday. Click for more details

Vaccination and immunisation information – Disclaimer
Italy is generally free from risk of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus vaccines.
An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

Medical information
In general for any person travelling abroad the following suggestions can be made:

  • Take personal protective measures against insects. 
  • Drink only bottled beverages (including water) or beverages made with boiled water. 
  • Do not use ice cubes or eat raw seafood or rare meat. 
  • Eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination. 
  • Avoid roadside stands and street vendors. 
  • Eat only pasteurised dairy products.


Emergency Information
Police and general emergency: 113
Fire, disasters: 11

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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