Kicking Around in the Adriatic - 2015

Posted Aug. 16, 2015 at 15:26

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 -