End of Season 2016 with Isabell

Posted Sept. 2, 2017 at 17:07

The late summer weather in early fall was showing signs of tiredness.  And so we reluctantly started the last part of our season by sailing up the Velebit Channel from our anchorage in 35kn of Bora (the anchorage was quiet, the wind started a quarter mile out and it piped up quickly).  We couldn't complain there's no wind, it was on the beam so we were fast, even with a double reef...  We got up near to the end of Pag in no time, ready to continue to Rab...   But, someone turned a switch up there and the Bora disappeared.  Without a trace.  Not even 5 or 6 knots.  Zero.  So we motored the last part to Rab and stopped off in its beatiful southern channel to enjoy some quality beach time one last time...


Arriving into Rab channel from the south, nice beaches on the right

Someone was really happy...

Someone was enjoying the afternoon sun, sorely missing female company, someone to talk to about other than engine and boat troubles, sailing, beer & wine...

Busy looking for hidden gems

... and found a heart!

... and rosehip.

Bad weather was now upon us and for an hour or so we parted company and thought of doing and overnight up to Italy...  But then, on second thought, why rush?  We still had a nice day or so after the system passes...   G suggested we cut through the Mali Losinj draw-bridge channel on its north side to shorten our trip...  Alas, when we saw in the morning the current and traffic coming out from the other direction (it's a very narrow one way channel),  I wasn't going to go first...  Eventually G wouldn't either, so we decided we'll sail around Mali Losinj after all...  There was some wind too, so we did...

The system caught up with us in our Soline bay, an all-round protected anchorage.   Thanks to Rozi, we also had a three-four hour long walk around the area inland...  Unfortunately Dora felt asthmatic effects and we had to be very careful not to make it worse.   The farmers fields we passed looked very enticing...


Two sunsets - one after the rain, end of season...

... and one in Punat, early in the season.

Farmer's fields east of Banjole

Once the rain was over, we got our couple of nice days to pass Rovinj and anchor one more time in nice, calm waters.  We then sailed on for Umag, arriving there around 5pm still in nice calm weather, so D asked the question:  why don't we check out and just keep going to Italy?  We docked at the Q dock and had a chat with a Croatian border police about my age, who took his time to have 'fun' with us... After a long line of questioning about when did we come in to Croatia and from where, and how many times, and, but, etc... and how many days were we here...   it turned out that his computer was telling him that this is our last legally available day (out of 90) in Croatia, so if we had turned up next morning to leave he would have been obliged to send us to a judge (available right  next door) where we would have to explain why we are late leaving by a few hours and pay a large fine...  I think he was just enjoying himself a little with ex. YU people, not having too much work at the time. I understood and had some fun back by asking dumb questions to raise his sagging blood pressure.  Since we were not really late, we parted smiling.

We arrived in the night to channels in the swamp, a nice and calm anchorage and next day our pre-arranged haul-out happened...  With a small scratch to Dazzle's port side, visible across the boat-name, but that's a long story and not a big deal.  Keeping it as a battle-scar.  2016 season safely over.

- Z -