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EASTER SUNDAY IN DALMACIJA

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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  1. April 7th, 2010 at 06:12 | #1

    Scalloped potatoes=holiness

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