Summer 2017

vakantie2017 012August 1 Departure

Yesterday and this morning we spent provisioning and preparing Wanderer for the trip.

Food, water and 170 liters of diesel.

We leave just after noon towards Rab, approximately 25’ to the South.

The weather is fine, light winds and warm, it takes us 5 hours to the ACI Marina.

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2nd of August to Silba

We left at 0900, wind is SE and very light although there is a warning for a strong NorthWester later, course South again. Good to be on the Sea again. Half past one we arrive and like last year here in the very small harbour there is no water or electricity but now a lot of mooring lines are also missing. No problem, we use the spare anchor and are off to beach. In the evening we stroll through the little town and sit on the ferry quay on the other side of the island to see the sun go down.

 

3rd of August via Molat to Soline, island Dugi Otok

The morning forecast on Meteo.hr gives us no warnings and we are on the way to Molat.

It’s clouded and there is still a big swell from yesterday, when we arrive at Molat at 11.30 the ‘new’ harbour master lets us know all empty places have been reserved days in advance. What a mess, looks like we are not the only ones who like Molat. Again this summer is very busy in Croatia. We turn around in the tight and very shallow harbour with the Monsun and are off to Soline, 1 hour further, where we take the last mooring buoy in front of the camping, where there are showers and a good restaurant. Swimming here is great.

When we later in the week try to call the Molat harbour master again he is not picking up his phone, maybe he doesn’t want any visiting yachts.

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4th of August Brbinj

In the morning we take a short sail to Brbinj, there is a quay with water & electricity and it’s well protected. There are also mooring buoys further on. Apart from a small shop and a restaurant this is a very quiet place. I check the rigging and the engine, fill up the diesel from the jerry cans.

Good swimming at the end of the quay, it is still very hot.

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5th of August Veli Iz

Harbour is already filled up when we arrive around 11 and we get a place on the main quay. We have to get an extension to take on fresh water. Fresh ice-cream and coffee on the town square.

We have a lot of fun swimming and we get more food supplies, shops are good and plenty here.

 

 

6th of August Tkon

The harbour is still a mess but we got a place anyway. Electricity and water is working.

This beach is very popular with locals, beware of sea urchins though. The moderate Bora arrives at night and we stay here for 2 days. We love the restaurant at the sea next to the ferry quay.

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August 8th, Tkon to Murter.

There is a slight breeze, W-SW. We leave at 08.45 and we drop the anchor in the bay around 11.30.

Dinghy in the water, everyone swimming. In the afternoon we talk a walk in the town and I bring diesel from the fuel station and food supplies from the Konzum. Maintenance in the afternoon.

 

August 9th

Back to Tkon with SE winds, good weather.

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August 10th

In 3 hours we get to Sali, where at 1100 the harbour is already filling up. The wind goes from NW to N and stays in NE. Engine hours now 370. Sali is one of our favorite harbours, well protected. Good shops and restaurants. The Marinero’s are top and friendly.

Due to strong winds we stay here a couple of days.

August 13th, early departure and with shorts stops in Bribinj and Sverinac we arrive in a strong NW in the Marina of Veli Rat around 1400. We get a good berth but they are short on water.

Long walk in the afternoon and great pizza in the Galeb pizzeria.

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August 14 we made a short 2 hour sail to the island Ist, we find a buoy in the anchorage and we do the run up to the little chapel on top of the mountain. We cook pasta on board.

August 15th

We leave the anchorage at 0730, it’s a bit cooler now, clouded and windy. We are on the way to Simuni and there are no other ships around. The closer we get to Pag the stronger the wind gets.

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August 16th Long haul to Rab, leaving at 08.15 we sail course 330. At 0945 we have Novalja on starboard. Little wind from the West, later turning to NW, force 2. At 11.50 we round the top of Pag island and we can see the church towers of Rab where we arrive at 12.30. Tomorrow’s forecast for the Velebitski Channel is Bora force 6-7.BabsSept2017 562

August 17th . We wait till the noon forecast to see if the Bora is turning up but it looks good and at 1400 we leave for the 4 hour trip to Krk. Nice weather and a NW3. Tomorrow Wanderer goes out of the water.

 

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North Adriatic

On the way to Silba we are greeted by dolphins, they come quite close to the boat and we can clearly see them but I don’t want to disturb and we slowly continue our way. The weather is warm and the NE wind very light.

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On Silba there is no electricity but the solar panels on top of the bimini work great. They only work for the refrigerator as we have a solar powered anchor light and we use the inverter only when the engine is running. In the evening we catch the weather forecast on the restaurant’s Wi-Fi and I can’t believe my eyes; strong Bora again starting Friday evening, warnings for 70 knots wind in the Velebitski channel. We change our plans and we will leave the next morning, Friday.

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From Silba we go to Rab, a good place to spend the time while Bora is making havoc. It’s a reasonably long haul but we have a good strong wind in the back and we make excellent speed.

In the evening the wind changes to NE and the party starts. I have doubled the mooring lines and also removed the bimini. Just to be sure. In the night everyone is out adjusting lines and checking their boats.

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We meet some friends and family while we are in Rab and we visit the highest mountain on the island. It’s hard to keep standing up straight with the wind blowing. The old city is beautiful and this is one of the crew’s favorites.

The storm gradually blows out but when we finally leave on Monday morning we still have to battle wind force 6, gusts 7 until we reach Krk bay but that’s not an issue with our Monsun.

2016 August

Wednesday was a long trip. We left at 0600 on the engine and later sailing to the Island of Molat to the South, passing Ilovik and the Greben, gale warnings on the VHF. We fixed the lines to the quay before 1400. In Molat we could take on much needed freshwater and cold beer.

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On the Thursday we did a short hop South to the marina in Veli Iz, it was just 3 hours away. We were the first ship in and were able to moor stern first, with a lot of pulling and pushing J, anticipating a full harbour later.

Groceries done and we had a good meal with salads, cheese and fish.

From Veli Iz we went underway to the small harbour of Tkon. No meteo warnings today.

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We passed under the bridge between the islands Ugljan and Pasman. Arriving at Tkon we noticed that the building activities where still going on and after a short meeting with the crew, we steamed on to the bay at Murter where we dropped anchor in 4.2 meters.

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Various other ships were anchored here. I was able to get diesel with the dinghy. Good sport. Last fuel station was on Cres, a week ago. Also there is a Konzum and a lot of restaurants.

On Sunday morning 07.30 anchor up and we went to the Marina in Biograd na Mare. We spotted some dolphins further away. ETA 11.30. Good facilities and friendly personnel there. The charter boats where still leaving and we were watching the hustle before we went off to the beach. In the afternoon we visited the old town and the crew went shopping. I checked the rigging again and the oil.

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The weather forecast was not good at all with thunder storms and a new Bora coming in the afternoon so we left immediately for a the 2 hours trip on the engine to Sukosan. The last hour we could see and hear the thunder and I was happy to be in the harbour. This is a new marina with luxury facilities and has its own beach complete with deck chairs and a bar.

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We stay here for 2 days, we see the SAR boat go out a couple of times and hope nobody got into serious trouble. The second day we take the bus to Zadar to explore, the marina has its own bus stop.

Wednesday morning we depart at 07.30 and go under the bridge at 08.15 for the second time and from there we go north again; we pass Veli Iz at 09.25. The NW wind is a bit chilly. We plan to have Wanderer hauled out in Krk the coming Sunday. It’s been 6 years ago when we were last time in Ist. Around 1400 we arrive and are lucky to catch the last buoy. It looks like we are in Italy, looking at the flags of the other ships.

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Ist, like it’s neighbour Molat, is stunning and has a big sandy beach. Weather forecast is good and we decide to go to the island Silba tomorrow.

Cruising in the Adriatic part 1 2016

After provisioning and lifting ‘Wanderer’ in the water we left Krk in the early afternoon 1400 hrs on July the 22nd.

We were heading for Rabac on Istria. We met some boats under way but not much. For most of the trip the wind was in our back. We arrived at 19.15 hrs. The bay at Rabac was pretty busy with anchored boats but we found a spot on the quay with mooring lines and water and electricity. It’s a nice town with some decent restaurants and a Konzum for groceries.

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On Saturday we crossed the sea in a couple of hours in light weather to Cres. Security message from Rijeka Radio warning for thunderstorms. We met the Max Carrier (http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=2433822), I called him on the VHF but got no reply. In Cres I changed the engine oil.

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Temperatures were high and we were soon swimming.

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Sunday saw us leave early for the crossing to Medulin, on the South tip of the Istria peninsula. We left at 10 AM.

The forecast was fine with a risk of local thunder storms and halfway we were surprised by a furious storm from the South West.  Waves were building up very quickly and on Wanderer the only dry spot was the cockpit. We decided to run for cover and changed heading to Luka Budava were we arrived after two in the afternoon and dropped the anchor at the end of the bay in 3 meters depth. After some hours the wind dropped and we continued our way to Medulin on a much friendlier sea, where we arrived at 1900.

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After catching the mooring buoy we lowered the dinghy and went straight for dinner.

On Tuesday we left in the early morning to be greeted by a brisk North-easterly on the way to Unije Island. During the trip the wind and waves build up further but nothing alarming and Wanderer was enjoying it with 6.5 knots. The bay on Unije has stunning blue water and while the Bora was blowing we stayed here for 2 days. There are four mooring lines on each buoy now. 2 in the front, 2 on the back.

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