It happened yesterday afternoon, at Porto Liscia (Northern Sardinia), a roadstead west of the popular Isola dei Gabbiani. A 11-metre-long sailing boat let go mooring and beached. On the area, a widely-forecast mistral blew at 35/40 knots.
The roadstead is theoretically well-sheltered from the winds of the fourth quadrant but the bottom is a terrible holding ground (and rather deep, too): the boat was seen aloft by a group of tourists who immediately warned the local maritime authorities. The circumstances seem to be as simple ad evident: the anchor tripped when there was no one aboard who could act.
Weather in the zone remains bad: mistral will, in fact, turn into north-east wind, always blowing at 30/35 knots and with an increasing sea state.
In the last few days, several warnings were put out and charter companies suggested to moor in the harbours or in multi buoy mooring berths.