Sailing Croatia dreams come true

IMG_0378You could take photos of this place all day long.  The views are spectacular, each moment is picture perfect.  Sailing Croatia from Osor to Susak takes approximately give or take the wind or how much of a hurry you’re in.  We are at the beginning of a month in the Adriatic, Cwe have a schedule but we are in no hurry.   While Sailing Croatia the sun the moon and the wind become our new leaders, and of course if you’re on a budget were to moor.  You do keep in mind mooring situations all the time as if you arrive late there will be no space and that brings another set of problems.  You could of course just throw down your anchor in a bay near the harbor and moor for free or a lot cheaper at least.  If there is a charge the harbor master won’t be long coming out to you and letting you know how much to pay.  Cres Croatia 2012 (17)There seems to be very different prices for locals than the tourists on rental boats and we keep our mouth shut as our captain is a local and he does all the communicating with the harbor masters.  susak croatia 2012 (18) IMG_0213Marinas in Croatia vary so much price wise, public moorings are available at a cost which varies from harbor to harbor and have very little and mostly have no facilities besides water and fuel.  I did notice that the mooring fees seemed 30% higher than last year.  I wonder what they will be next summer when Croatia is officially in the Euro.  Some places you can moor out in the bay but personally I like to explore the new location and of course I love local café’s.  IMG_0226 The private marinas also vary widely, hot showers, restaurants, grocery stores, swimming pools etc and the price could be 10-20 times higher than the public harbor.  The benefit of the public harbor is that you are normally in the center of the town, village or city.  You just step off and your there.  LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.   The benefit of the private marina HOT SHOWERS.

More wind more speed.  As we are in no hurry we are kicking back with full sails in a magical moment, the captain and crew’s eyes light up and we are always on the lookout for a boat in full sail.  Especially if you can’t catch a wind and they can.  There is something hypnotic about that.  IMG_0213When I think about people who hate boats I’m at a loss for words, half pity half joy, the last thing I want is more idiots in control of a boat.  The world already has enough idiots in control of boats and here more than anywhere, Like the idiot who just passed us with less than 50 meters between boats and less than 300 meters from the shoreline.  Highly illegal and highly dangerous.  The wake he created from his high powered engines caused the contents of our boat to fly around the cabin.  I don’t think my son would cope with sailing rules.  Everything has its place and must be in it to avoid disaster.  You leave nothing out or in the way of walking up and down your boat pulling up sails, taking them down brings the same rules.  The language we are using on this trip is English, and I’m the only native speaker.  While their English is perfect if the language is not your mother tongue something will be lost in translation at some point.

IMG_0384Our crew is made up of 4 nationalities.  One Croat male age 62 (the captain, skipper and boat owner).  One Bulgarian who has been living in Iceland for the last 7 years – 30 year old male.  IMG_0259One German female age 25 and me a female Irish – American person, 2 nationalities dual citizenship, not sure where I’m from I guess I’m more European.  5 years ago I was definitely more American having being out of Ireland for so long, but I’ve been back for 7 years now the Irishness is back with gusto.475468_10152125302630014_1414726497_o

All new crew need to know that the words “Get out” from the skipper means – move out of the way now!  as when he roared “GET OUT” at Anna the German girl she looked into the sea and honestly for a split second I thought she might jump.   We then proceeded to fall about the place laughing.   We have been having many moments like this.  It’s a case of getting to know each other and also learning a form of language or code that we all understand.

The captain wakes early, as do I.  I normally put my head into the main cabin where he is usually on his laptop playing a computer game.  He notices immediately and say’s “COFFEE” To which I think, what have I done to deserve this?  Thick strong, Turkish coffee.  It’s so strong even I’ve starting taking some milk in it.  What a perfect way to kick to start my day!

Sailing Croatia : a dream come true.

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About Sandra

Just a girl from Ireland who wants to live everywhere. Not a planner, a winger when it comes to travel. I don't even like people who plan too much. Without spontaneity there is no depth. A jack of all trades. A great friend, loyal and passionate and I expect the same in return. Always ready for the next adventure at a moments notice.
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