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WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS. . .AND POURS!

Enough already.  It has been raining—no wrong word—pouring rain for the past four days.  It is very much like our first week on Destiny in Marblehead Harbor when Carol refused to leave the boat until the weather improved—but it didn’t for four days until she couldn’t take it anymore and left long enough for a Cosmopolitan for lunch at the Dolphin Yacht Club and a movie matinee of “Sex in the City”.  By the time we returned to Destiny that evening the weather had cleared.

Unfortunately, in Croatia is there are no decent Cosmos or theaters to escape to when anchored off a little town that is blessed with two churches but not much else as was recently the case in Lumbarda on the island of Korcula.

Another rainy day--Lumbarda

Another rainy day--Lumbarda

Our predicament was made all the worse when the Acer computer upon which we rely for weather, as well as staying in touch with the world, stopped working—just would not start.  Inexplicably, when plugged in on shore it came to life.  The tech who turned it on said “magic dust”—that works for us.  It did make us more conscious of how important it is to keep it dry and secure on board.   And there will be regular backups from now on.  Carol can’t bear the thought of losing any of her thousands of pictures.

We had a miserable day of 30 kt. winds on the nose on our way between the islands of  Hvar to Korcula several days ago.  After making it to the lee of Korcula we debated whether to stop in a protected anchorage or continue around the end of the island to the town of Korcula.  We made it as far as Lumbarda, a small town just south of Korcula.

Slogging our way to Korcula

Slogging our way to Korcula

Korcula is a very sleepy town this time of year.  The many outdoor restaurants that line the town wall overlooking the channel that separates Korcula from the mainland are just beginning to stir—lots of cleaning but no cooking.  Carol has decided that Korcula is to mainland Croatia what Martha’s Vineyard is to Cape Cod—a short ferry ride away.  While Hvar, on the other hand, is like Nantucket—just far enough from the mainland to be a challenge, and very special as a result.

Korcula in the Rain

Korcula in the Rain

The last day we have been at the ACI Marina in Dubrovnik where we received a delivery of parts from the US to repair our generator which has been periodically giving us trouble.  It seems that when we fix one thing, something else breaks—did we mention that “when it rains, it pours” both literally and figuratively?  The good news is that our shipment arrived in five days rather than two weeks as was the case last July when we needed to replace part of the transmission shortly after we arrived in Croatia.  Kent has had his head in the engine compartment for two days, and with any luck we’ll be ready to head for Greece when the weather window arrives for that passage.  Repairs are a part of life on board, and in this case it included sail repairs to the genoa, which should be done later today.

Kent and his generator

Kent and his generator

The thing about spring weather in Croatia is that the patterns are large and move VERY slowly.  In the fall, the weather came through with a vengeance but was gone in a flash.  Spring is a different story—day after day of torrential rain, with not a glimpse of sun.  We and everything on the boat seems waterlogged at this point—even Jolie, who good trooper that she is slogs through the water puddles with abandon thinking how lucky she is to be a dog—even in Croatia.

Jolie enjoys a rare sunny day in Solta

Jolie enjoys a rare sunny day in Solta

Jolie gets a Trim

Jolie gets a Trim

Just when you think you can’t stand one more day of rain, there is a brief break in the weather and a glorious sunset like the one last night that turned the river outside the marina pink and gold.

Twilight ACI Marina Dubrovnik

Twilight ACI Marina Dubrovnik

River Sunset

River Sunset

Of course, today it is raining again.  A universal truth:  April showers bring May flowers in Marblehead and Paris, but in Croatia the flowers also come in April. 

Wisteria in Bloom

Wisteria in Bloom

Hopefully, Greece will be dry and sunny and the flowers will already be in bloom when we arrive in Corfu in a few days.

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  1. priscilla richardson
    May 9th, 2012 at 18:39 | #1

    forgot to mention…jolie is precious…reminds me of my baby shih-tzu who i lost last month at 17 years!

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