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TROGIR, CROATIA

April 7th, 2010 No comments

Heading south to Dubrovnik where we will depart for Corfu, there is a tendency to want to revisit places that we have already been.  It is comforting to know where the best restaurant is, or the post office, or the local Konzum (Croatian’s largest supermarket chain). 

After leaving Primosten, we headed south and east in the general direction of Split where Excalibur and Glass Slipper had headed, but decided that it would be fun to visit the town of Trogir just west of Split. 

Approaching Trogir

Approaching Trogir

Trogir is located on the mainland coast, although the town is officially on an island connected by small bridges.  We traveled around the Old Town by dinghy passing under bridges so low that we had to duck our heads.

When I say "low" I mean low

When I say "low" I mean low

In many respects it is a mini-version of Split with a palm tree lined quay dotted with trendy cafes and restaurants.  What is doesn’t have is the commercial traffic, especially ferries that cause Split Harbor to be less than tranquil.

View of Quay from Castle Rampart

View of Quay from Castle Rampart

Instead of tying up at the quay (for a mere 30 kuna per meter—about $60 US) we opted for the cheaper and less busy option of anchoring just off the town and traveling by dinghy to visit the sites which include an impressive castle.

Castle at Trogir

Castle at Trogir

View of Destiny at Anchor from Castle

View of Destiny at Anchor from Castle

Trogir is connected to a larger island, Otok Ciovo by a bridge as well.  The bridge doesn’t open for boat traffic and you have to approach the town by either west or east.

Carol & Jolie in Trogir

Carol & Jolie by Trogir bridge

The area is densely populated, as is prevalent in this area of the coastline—Split is the largest city in Croatia located on the Adriatic.

After touring the town, we sat under an umbrella along the quay for a late afternoon drink while Jolie snoozed in her bag. 

Jolie nap time

Jolie nap time

Seeing new places never gets old.  We will have fond memories of Destiny anchored off this lovely Croatian town.

Destiny at Trogir

Destiny at Trogir

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THE THREE AMIGOS

April 6th, 2010 No comments

After wintering at Marina Dalmacija in Sukosan and launching within days of one another, the three Caribbean 1500 veteran boats, Excalibur, Glass Slipper and Destiny rendezvoused once again in Primosten, Croatia.

Excalibur, Destiny & Glass Slipper

Excalibur, Destiny & Glass Slipper

We are all heading to Greece and Turkey this season, although John and Cinde on Glass Slipper anticipate returning to the Caribbean this fall with the Atlantic Crossing Rally.  Jorge and Isabel on Excalibur are likely to stay another year or more in the Med and Destiny—well who knows.

Gangs all Here

Gangs all Here

Its great to spend time with friends along the way and make new ones as well.

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EASTER SUNDAY IN DALMACIJA

April 4th, 2010 1 comment

After a day long sail from Sukosan on Saturday we arrived at Primosten about 4:30 p.m. without a main engine.  It is a long story and not one we want to dwell on.  Suffice it to say we managed to get docked with some assistance from the local dock attendant and hunkered down for the expected high winds that were forecast overnight.

Sukosan Sunset

Primosten Sunset

Easter Sunday started out sunny with winds at 20+kts. early morning and increasing to a steady 28 kts. gusting to over thirty by mid-day.  The harbor had white caps and a lone wind surfer was whizzing back and forth in an area where during the season moorings are filled with boats.  It is still very early in the boating season and Primosten is very quiet.  Many of the restaurants aren’t yet open, but the ones that are have Carol’s favorite octopus salad, so the season has officially begun for her.

Windsurfing in Primosten

Windsurfing in Primosten

We went to the local church which sits on a hill overlooking the city for Easter Mass.  Croatia is reportedly one of the most devout Catholic countries in the Med and from the numbers of people at church, we can believe.  We were happy we arrived early as it was standing room only and at least 75 people were gathered outside listening to the service on speakers.  Although we understood little of the service, “alleluia”, “hosanna” and “amen” are the same in English and Croatian and the music which included a choir made us feel right at home despite the language difference.

Primosten Church and Bell Tower

Primosten Church and Bell Tower

Mid-afternoon with the skies dark and the wind howling several of the boats that were docked near us took off to sail the 30 kt. plus winds to their next destination.  The hearty Slovenian sailors making up the crew were happy with the strong winds even after being up singing in their cockpit at 4 a.m. until Kent asked them to kindly “knock it off.”

Slovenians are Off

Slovenians are Off

Easter is one of the biggest holidays on the Croatian calendar and everything will be closed for both Sunday and Monday. We’ll be having a traditional Easter dinner of baked ham, scalloped potatoes and salad aboard Destiny.  Life is good. 
We are very grateful.

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APRIL FOOL’S DAY—Destiny Sinks at Launch!!

April 2nd, 2010 1 comment

 

Don't Drop it Boys

Don't Drop it Boys

JUST KIDDING!!!

After several days of preparation that included everything from scrubbing dirt off the boat to readying the engine and generator we splashed on April 1st about 1430 hours.  However the April Fools “joke” was on us as the batteries for the main engine had inexplicably drained, the engine wouldn’t start and we were more than a little embarrassed to be walked around the dock and tied to the quay by the travel lift while we recharged them overnight. 

 The good news was that we were in the water, knew what the problem was and by the next morning having charged the batteries were off to our slip at Marina Dalmacija. 

Up goes the Main Sail

Up goes the Main Sail

Jolie is settling into her routine as a boat dog, although we are stopping at vet’s along the way to stay on top of a medical problem.  Hard to say which is more expensive, the boat or Jolie—but both are well worth it.  Last night on her final walk of the day she took a sharp turn off the dock in the dark and landed in the drink.  Hard to say who was more shaken—Jolie who hit the cold water or Kent who had to fish her out.  All is well and we are keeping her on a short leash.

 

Jolie settles in

Jolie settles in

So we are now at anchor outside the marina (saving about 65 Euros a night).  The weather has been in the 50’s at night and mid-60’s during the day.  Sunny for the most part and very much like New England in late May.   We’ll be starting south toward Dubrovnik in the next day to two depending on weather but for now are just enjoying being back on the water and the sound of the wind in our rigging. 

S/V Destiny, Sukosan, Croatia

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