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Aug. 19, 2015

22:19 UTC

Our son Z and K arrived for a couple of weeks of cruising the southern Dalmatian islands... It was a nice and relaxed tour of our favourite destinations in the area.  Unfortunately K could only stay for eight days, so we covered the two prime islands, Hvar and Korcula, in the first round.  On Hvar, we rented the usual relic VW bug for the tour from Vrboska.  We then sailed on and stopped for lunch & swim on the northern shore of Hvar near its east end, by the car camp where Z still remembered the small bay and pier from early childhood where I jumped into the water holding him in my embrace... ;-) (T was present too, but too small...)  On Korcula, our secret, protected anchoring spot awaited, sheltering us from a bit of wind, allowing for the usual dinghy tour to Lumbarda for reprovisioning and then to the town and refueling.  We sailed back to Trogir via Brac island and visited Split by bus before the morning of K's departure :-(

Now we went back for a second, farther round that included the islands of Mljet and Lastovo.  We had nice weather up until the last two days of Z's stay - so instead of going back early to the murky anchorage at Trogir, we sailed further up to Rogoznica and stayed there until Z's departure, where he could 'work and swim' as desired or felt like.  To reach the airport from Rogoznica at 5am in the (stormy) morning, we rented a car the day before and parked it on shore near the anchored boat... On that last afternoon, we visited the town of Sibenik as the weather turned sunny between two fronts.


Sail trimming - Z's favourite boat activity

Deer at the anchorage - west end Hvar island

Team building - one paddle each

Sailing upwind - Dazzle likes... - no one follows, some tried ;-)



Z's favourite cove with a pebble beach - south side Brac island - last lunch'n'swim stop with K

Walking back to Polace across the hill from the small island monastery on Mljet, we discovered an ancient water(?) collector amongst other, more recent ones.

On top of the (Lastovo) world - we took the goat-path up from the heli-pad (conscripts/convicts had to haul much more up here - a number of never used bunkers, machine-gun nests, etc., are cemented here for posterity, as a record of ignorant regimes)

... Working Hard ...

- Z -

Aug. 16, 2015

15:26 UTC

This season started after another sad and too long visit to our ancestral town dealing with legal and real-estate issues... The heat was on in Grado by the time we got to the boat.  Fortunately our to-do list was not too long, the marina guys did a nice anti-fouling job so we didn't have to worry about that either.   The largest item was replacing the rusty old North-American propane tanks with European ones...  It involved cutting off the bottom part of the boat's propane locker and building a new, slightly deeper and wider bottom with the required venting... Three days at the dock just for that, while (July 5) there was a religious nautical procession "Perdon di Barbana" going on in Grado, where all the fishermen and antique vessels go out full colors with bishop, priests, dignitaries, brass-band in attendance with tons of spectators on land and water, traffic over the only opening bridge held-up for three hours or so...
After loading up 75m of our new certified, calibrated 10mm chain from Maggi Catene (a respected Italian brand, also made IN Italy), we finally got away on July 7 for the by now well known trip south via Umag, Pula, Unije island, Molat, etc...  With our issue of chain kinking into the locker unchanged, we decided to replace the Lewmar V2 windlass gypsy (the toothed wheel hauling in the chain) - it was due for replacement anyways, well worn after 10 seasons of use.  Ordering it to Pula from Unimar in Rijeka was a relative breeze...  we took a bus into town from Veruda near our anchorage on a Saturday... We waited all morning for the 'rush' package to arrive to the Navigo 2000 store in Pula to no avail... But the guy running the store was nice and capable, located the package at the (sleepy) express courier's warehouse, ran and got it back for us after closing time, saving us the two day wait until Monday...

With lots of sailing and not much motoring we got down to Molat island where we enjoyed the unexpected absence of charter boats at the top end of the two-and-half mile deep bay for almost a week...  Last time we were there 5 seasons ago, we sat in a very strong Bora for three days. This time, with nice weather, we visited the small village of Brgulje by dinghy to reprovision and for a walk.  Here we also met an American sailor couple on a 45-foot sailboat "Cetacea" from Newport, RI, a very nice ocean-going vessel, finished for that purpose by its owner starting from a special-order hull and deck.  They were just about to be hauled at Marina Dalmatia and finish the season, avoiding the crowds and the heat of mid July to August...

We then returned to the familiar Rogoznica Bay to await family visits...
- Z -