Kicking Around

Posted July 29, 2012 at 06:34

The weather has been nice and sunny most of the time but unstable, with pressures below normal... There was a front that passed through on Monday that provided its usual, unwelcome excitement due to too many charter boats not anchoring properly in one of the rare, safer anchorages (Loviste, Peljesac peninsula)... The leading edge arrived with 35kn gusts and pushed a couple of charter boats onto shore around midnight, who then scrambled off and proceeded to re-anchor in wind and rain and darkness...  Of-course then it gets worse because they go ahead or beside you and you have to flash lights and yell above all the natural noise to get them to anchor at a safe distance...  The second boat that we chased away, didn't go far enough on its second try, so when the 44kn sqall hit an hour or so later, and turned us 90 degrees, we almost got on top of them...  Fortunately, this time they listened quickly and let more chain out.  They only had 1:2 scope as I learned later in the morning...  They were from a Baltic state and there they're taught by instructors that on the Adriatic, the norm is to let 1:2  - 1:3 scope  (depth:length of chain) out!   Yes, that's perfect for the evening calm.  Amazingly, everyone we talk to, says that's how anchoring instruction goes.  This is why all the windlasses (anchor-winch) in the bay were going when the wind hit.  Chaos.... In the morning they were checking damage to their rudders and what the charter company's take on that will be... Squalls are not shown of course on the wind prediction charts, usually the area shows less than 10kn of wind between the wind shifting as the front passes slowly.  So if you put together the rainfall and the wind and the synoptic chart and the textual official forecast, and watch the lightning approach, maybe you figure it out ahead of time, maybe there will be some wind?

I know, anchoring is a recurring theme on this blog, and I promise to stop it thus, because it is boring...  But not much else has happened since we left Susac...  Our position reports tell it all...  The weather conditions are not stable enough to go to nicer, marginal anchorages, so one keeps going back and forth between the known safer places...  The summer heat is mostly on, with cabin temps reaching 32-33C even with the tent on top...

The following are random pics from mid- to late July while in the Peljesac / Korcula area...

The night before Anna went home...

Going to Korcula - very pretty, always...

Afternoons in Lumbarda, Korcula

Shore of Porto Bufalo (Lumbarda)

Perfect weather for walking the backroads at Loviste

Dazzle off Planjak / Badija Islands

Little islet, missing from our Navionics Med chart...

A week from now my cousin and his wife are to join us here for a tour of the southern islands...  we hope the weather will stabilize until then.
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And this just in today from Loviste, Peljesac... Watching a ~28m powerboat, dragging its anchor on too short a scope for 200m with around 20kn winds, everyone honking, while the crew sleeps and finally they wake up on top of a ~16m French ketch...   This is the 'safe' anchorage btw.

- Z -