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FALL HAS ARRIVED IN CROATIA

September 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Since we returned from Venice on September 1st after a long boring motor crossing with no wind, the bora with its strong NE winds has arrived and the days are not only shorter, but significantly cooler.

We have worked our way south from Rovinj stopping at several protected anchorages along the way providing shelter from the bora winds.

Approach to Medulin

Approach to Medulin

It is as though someone threw a switch and said “enough of the summer doldrums”  let’s liven things up with some wind. . .and some wind it is.  The bora blows down from the mountains of the mainland and funnels through the Croatian islands in the northern Adriatic like a freight train.  In the past few days we have sailed on a reefed main and jib making over 7 kts. in wind that was a steady 20-25 kts.  Depending on how far off shore we are the seas can build as well, making for a real Nantucket sleighride.

Fall Sailing in Croatia

Fall Sailing in Croatia

Reefed Main & Big Seas

Reefed Main & Big Seas

Hold On, Another one over the Bow

Hold On, Another one over the Bow

Kent loves the wind and it is tempting for him to push Destiny as fast as she will go, while Carol reminds him of the unnamed quote framed over the nav station–“Perhaps I cannot control the wind.  But I can adjust my sails.”  The rule now is adjust often and soon to avoid getting in trouble–with the wind or Carol.  Kent is finding that making the boat go slower is as challenging as making it go fast–Carol is happy.

28 Kts. on the Nose heading to Cres

28 Kts. on the Nose heading to Cres

The stronger wind has also caused Kent to call upon his “third” crew member, the trusty Milwaukee right angle drill fitted with a winch bit that allows him to make any winch and electric winch–what did we ever do without it!

Jolie & Winch Buddy

Jolie & Winch Buddy

We have also returned to some earlier anchorages at Artaturi on Losinj and Ustrine on Cres. In Artaturi we had a chance meeting with John and Cyndi on Glass Slipper.  They were stuck at Marina Dalmajcia in Sukosan with a mechanical and are now following our general route to Venice.  We had a nice dinner with them and shared info about visiting Venice.  We then returned to Ustrine on the island of Cres on our way to the town of Cres.  There we were attacked by bees that kept us in the cabin much of the time–another sign of the season?

There are noticeable changes in the sky as well.  The clear, sunny days of summer have given way to high thin, wispy clouds that afford some relief from sun.  The horizon looks milky, not crisp. 

Milky Horizon

Milky Horizon

We arrived in Cres from Ustrine after pounding into 28 kts. of breeze and anchored just off the town.  We later saw the sign that said “no anchoring” but since no one bothered us we stayed put.  Kent washed the boat using some precious tank water–and then it rained, poured actually.  At least the boat is clean.  By evening it was clear again and we went ashore for dinner.  Cres is like many other Croatian towns–primarily a vacation setting, with old Roman ruins and evidence of inhabitants long before that.

Cres Harbor

Cres Harbor

Cres Cafe

Cres Cafe

Destiny at Anchor in Cres

Destiny at Anchor in Cres

The water has started to cool as well having dropped from about 85 to 78 degrees.  Our swimming days are nearly over.

Oh yes, and the much needed rain has arrived.  This part of the world is very dry in the summer months, and the while the rain is welcome to wash salt off the boat it means the Patagonia becomes part of our sailing wardrobe again as it was in April.

Another Day, More Rain and Wind

Another Day, More Rain and Wind

Another day, another island.  We are heading north along the west coast of Cres enroute to Krk which is the largest island in the Adriatric in land mass–or so the pilot guide says.   The early morning rain has given way to sun, and the seas are still flat but the wind is on the nose and we are motoring for now. 

More wind and rain forecast tomorrow.

Ciao,

Carol, Kent & Jolie

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