We were shadowed. The 20th of August, they were the boat looming immediately next to us, at anchor, in Golfo Pevero. The 21st, as Peregrinus sat unsuspecting at Porto Liccia, they passed us by. Not once, but twice. The 22nd, we anchored at Cala di Volpe and after dinner at Baretto, what did we find as we tendered back aboard in the dark night? The Russians again, this time anchored not a mile away. The 23rd, we thought we had gotten away, as there was no sign of Russkies at Golfo Aranci. Free at last!
Not so. As we steamed up the canal into Olbia on the 24th, there they were, right on our tail, and gaining on us. Full speed ahead! We only lost them by heading to the old fishing port, too shallow for them. They went into the commercial port, and stayed in town for the next couple of days.
Dilbar, the Russian boat, is the largest yacht in the world by volume, and the fourth by length. Maybe next time someone shadows us they'll use a more subtle vehicle.