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Croatia, Headed South

September 13, 2018

We have been leisurely cruising south through Croatia, taking our time and enjoying places we missed on our quick trip north. Our departure from Pule was a bit exciting when a gale appeared a bit early forcing us into an unplanned stop in a deserted cove. We hunkered down for a couple of days while the wind blew 35-45 knots. We kept busy cleaning out the black water plumbing from the head (whew!).

We avoided the barren islands of central Croatia by sticking closer to the mainland. There are so many small villages with waterfront cafes and quaint harbors filled with small fishing boats. The town of Veli Losing on Cres looked like it was out of a fairy tale with its steepled church, brightly colored buildings, and young boys jumping off the cliffs at the harbor entrance.

We enjoyed a couple of days anchored off Zadar and visiting the old town; every city has an Old Town! While there a squall moved through washing a sailboat up against the sea wall. We dinghied over and offered to help refloat the boat, much to the owner’s relief. Then the authorities stepped in and shut us down saying it was too dangerous and the owner would have to use a professional service. We had to leave under the threat of legal action. The boat was refloated the next morning with the use of a crane.

We anchored off a small village at Simuni on a Sunday. That evening a women’s choir group gave concert along the waterfront and we were wonderfully serenaded while sitting in our cockpit on a balmy evening.

A real highlight was taking the boat up the river to Skradin, passing under a bridge with bungie jumpers and buying fresh oysters directly from the oyster farms. We took a ferry into Krka National Park and walked the loop trail passing hundreds of waterfalls. One night was spent med-tied to the sea wall in Sibenik where we toured the town and visited the St. James Cathedral.

We have been lucky to find some secluded anchorages away from the craziness of the charter boats and towns. We have been equally unlucky at catching fish. To date, we have caught only one small bonito while in the Med. We had a school of tune come into a cove where we were anchored and ravage a school of fish hiding under our boat and still couldn’t catch one.

We enjoyed scenic Korcula Town where Marco Polo was born. It’s a tourist town for sure, but still beautiful with its city walls, narrow alley ways, shaded promenade lined with cafes, and the towering mountains of the Peljesac Peninsula in the background.

We have arrived in Trogir where we are checked into a marina. We are meeting our friends Mike and Jan tomorrow and driving north to see the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Then we cruise south to Dubrovnik.

Heading South from Pula

 

Sibenik and Krka National Park

 

Korcula

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