Saturday, July 17, 2021

Short Cruise to Venice in a Temporary Corona Low

A short look at the current Corona situation in the northern Adriatic told me: it's time to sail! So my next crew arrived in Marina Stella on Friday, 9th July 2021: my sister Gabriela, her friend Herbert and my nephew Nikolaus. On Saturday we bunkered food and drinks, had a nice traditional dinner at  Al Cacciatore. Sunday we left Marina Stella 2 hours before high tide and took course to Venice. With nice southwesterly winds against us we first motored and then had to tack. In the evening we entered the Venetian lagoon through Porto Lido and anchored finally in Canale San Felice in a quiet and beautiful space. We roasted a nice Bistecca alla Fiorentina with potatoes and salads on the side.

Next morning we motored to Burano, Murano, San Michele, took a left turn at Fondamente Nove, continued to St.Elena and via Giardini we finally reached San Marc's Square and moored at a beautiful spot in Compagnia della Vela at Isola San Giorgio Maggiore. The very nice marinero helped us with the lines an than we had a rather unfriendly welcome by the new appointed Swiss manager. Anyway we enjoyed the nice view for the next 2 days and explored Venice in detail: We took the Vaporetto for a lot of trips, had some tasty Cicchetti at Al Squero, visited the old Jewish Ghetto and a lot of churches on the way, returned to Piazza San Marco with a stop at Gelato Fantasy

In the evening we had a delightful dinner at Al Giardinetto Da Severino: Sarde in Saor, Pasta con Grancchio, Sogliola Meuniere, grilled Seppioline. Early next day we visited Mercati di Rialto, had some Cornetti at Farini and spent some hours with wonderful paintings in Galleria Accademia. For refreshment we had some exceptional Tramezzini at Bar alla Toletta and then we took the trip via Arsenale to the famous statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni and visited Basilica dei santi Giovanni e Paolo. We took the Vaporetto to the cemetery of San Michele. Dinner was at al Storia di Crea, with a nice view over the lagoon, but not as good as in the last years. In the night we experienced some lightning and thunder. Apart from wearing masks in museums, restaurants, shops and vaporetti we experienced no Corona-based constraints whatever. 

On Wednesday 14th we left Venice via Porto Lido with some westerly winds and a remarkable swell. When the wind eased away we motored into Laguna di Marano and anchored at our favorite place. We cooked gnocchi with roasted vegetables and parmigiano and enjoyed a quiet night. At noon next day we motored through canale Cialisia and finally moored in Marina Stella. We celebrated our cruise at Al Pescatore with a sumptuous fish dinner with roasted mussels, Spaghetti Vongole, Anguilla and Rombo.



We sailed 21h and logged 113sm in 5 days. You may download our track in gpx-format or view it directly on GoogleMaps

Monday, June 7, 2021

Easy Sailing after a long Pandemic Winter

As Corona Lockdown measures were relieved end of May 2021 and we had our two vaccinations, my brother Andreas and I decided to check on S/Y Sea of Joy and to try a first little cruise in the Northern Adriatic. So we arrived in Marina Stella by car from Austria with no interference or regulatory control on Wednesday, 26th May.

After intensive cleaning the boat internally and externally we checked navigation equipment and started the motor: everything worked fine at the first attempt. Perfectly happy we celebrated at Antica Osteria ai Tubi with large plates of crudi di mare.

Sunday 30th May we left Marina Stella, motored down Fiume Stella into Laguna di Marano at high tide with no problems in shallow Canale Cialisia, passed Faro Rosso in Lignano and sailed with moderate winds to Grado, were we moored in the town harbor. Strolling around the city we saw a lot of happy people enjoying fine spring weather and fresh air. We had an exceptional fish dinner at Ristorante Zeromiglia di Grado which is professionally operated by the Cooperativa Pescatori di Grado.

After buying some fresh sogliole from the cooperative's shop next day we left Grado with nice westerly winds and sailed into the port of Monfalcone, checked Banchina Lamiere for a mooring place in vain and finally anchored in our favorite place Bachino di Panzano west of busy Fincantieri shipyard. We fried slowly our sogliolas, enjoyed some Prosecco and spent a quiet night.


Next morning we motored to Duino with no wind, passed Grignano with famous Castello Miramare and continued to Trieste, where we moored in Marina San Giusto. We had a nice fish snack at the nearby Eataly, took a long walk through the busy city, had a nice aperitivo at Gran Malabar and completed the evening with a tasty classic Triestinian dinner at Trattoria Mara.

 On Wednesday 2nd of June we crossed over into Slovenjia, bunkered diesel in Izola and anchored for two relaxing days in Strunjanski Zaliv, where we swam in clear waters and cooked a well-aged Bistecca Fiorentina with some potatoes.

Slight westerly winds took us slowly back to Lignano with no health-checks whatever. We crossed Laguna di Marano three hours before high tide and reached our permanent mooring place at Marina Stella. We spent some more days in the marina with some servicing, visiting exceptional Trattoria Alla Nave in Marano and Al Pescatore in Precenicco, and bought some Prosecco near Treviso at Vini Pavan wine cellars.
We drove back to Austria with no complications and an easy-going corona check after the border (a young soldier just asked us if we were vaccinated and we only had to nod). So up to date we can summarize, that we experienced rarely no Cornona-based constraints in the northern Adria and therefore expect a nice sailing summer.



We sailed 20h and logged 95sm in 6 days. You may download our track in gpx-format or view it directly on GoogleMaps

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Italian Adriatic Coast and to Know When to Change Course

 My brother and I planned a cruise to the Tremiti Islands. But weather played some tricks on us. We left Marina Stella on September 15th, 2020 with high tide and motored southwest to Albarella, where we anchored in the quiet lagoon. Next day we rounded the Po delta and moored at Marina di Goro. We visited the village and had a rather uninspired dinner at La Cambusa

Early next morning we started south to Rimini, accompanied by a fleet of fishermen harvesting mussels in the shallow seas south of Goro. In the afternoon we moored in Marina Rimini, bunkered diesel, and explored the city. We had an exquisite dinner at Michelin starred restaurant Abocar Due Cucine

Early in the morning of September 18th we wanted to sail further south to Ancona. But unexpected high waves, bad weather reports on Cyclone Ianos in the Ionian sea and messages about a large fire blaze in Ancona forced us to revise our plan. We had to expect chaos in Ancona and that some boat owners will move their boats to other moorings north of Ancona. As weather got worse, we decided to sail northwest to Ravenna, were we moored in Marina Ravenna and had a nice raw fish dinner at Riesling Vino e Cucina

After analyzing grib data and different weather forecasts showed that another field of depression will soon move from Golf of Lyon into the Adriatic. As we were a small crew of only two we decided to take no risk and to return in time to Marina Stella. So we started early from Ravenna south, rounded Po delta in rather uncomfortable cross seas, entered Venice Lagoon through Porto Chioggia and anchored finally west of Isola Poveglia with Insalata Caprese and Prosecco for dinner.

With nice weather we motored to Piazza San Marco and left Venice lagoon through Porto Lido. With a nice easterly wind we sailed to Caorle, were we moored in Darsena Orologico and enjoyed pesce crudo and tasty pasta with fish at Ristorante da Buso. Next morning we continued to the town basin of Grado, explored the city and were very happy with a nice dinner at Hostaria in Contrada.

Next morning we motored west to Lignano into Laguna di Marano and continued through shallow Canale Cialisia and river Stella back to Marina Stella, where we finally moored at our quiet home place; just in time for the predicted rain and wind starting to rage. We celebrated our safe return at Ristorante Al Cjasal. For the next days we visited Bassano del Grappa, Valdobbiadene and Treviso to explore vineyards, restaurants and to buy some Prosecco. Then we prepared Sea of Joy for a long winter and returned back to Austria.

We sailed 360sm in 58h during 8 days.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

From Laguna di Marano to Otok Rab returning with young crew

My wife Ilse and I wanted to sail from Marina Stella to Croatia to pick up our daughter Sophie and her two sons Laurenz and Valentin from Otok Rab.

After filling in the requested forms we left Marina Stella with high tide and declared entry in Umag. The friendly policeman told us, that the harbormaster's office is closed, but we could pay our taxes next day in Novigrad. So we spent a quiet night in Uvala Dalija and visited the harbormaster - a very nice woman - in Novigrad and paid 672 Kuna tourist tax for 15 days and the yearly boat arrival notification fee of 662 Kuna, together around 180 Eur. With very nice westerly winds we sailed south to Medulin, where the wind finally ceased and we anchored in Uvala Bijeca.

Luka Krivica

Next morning good wind continued and we sailed over the Kvarner Gulf, continued south of Otok Unije to Luka Krivica on the southwesterly end of Otok Losinj. We took a buoy, attached a landline. Soon a heavy thunderstorm cleaned our boat very efficiently. We enjoyed the quiet Luka for two nights and then motored east to Uvala Meli in the southeast corner of Otok Cres, where we spent another day and night enjoying the clear waters and the wild deer wandering around. 

On Monday, 27th July we continued east to busy Rab harbor, where we had to wait for an hour to fill our gasoline tanks. In the afternoon we motored into Supetarska Draga, where we moored in the ACI Marina and had a rich fish platter at Restoran Vojko. Next day our daughter Sophie together with Laurenz and Valentin came on board and we anchored in the nice bay south of Otok Maman. In the morning we motor sailed with weak winds back to Uvala Meli, where the children enjoyed Stand-Up-Paddling and swimming.

Our grandchildren dreamed of visiting Otok Susak, so we sailed there next morning and moored for 2 nights in the new harbor. They enjoyed the sandy beach and we enjoyed good food at Sansegus and Konoba Barbara. For the next days weather forecast looked like getting a bit grim, so on Saturday,  August 1st we crossed the Kvarner Gulf, spent the night at anchor in Uvala Bijeca and continued northwest alongside Istria to Novigrad next day. Because we expected thunderstorms during the night we took a mooring in Marina Nautica, had good dinner at Konoba kod Kristijana, and enjoyed safely two heavy thunderstorms during the night.  

Next morning the weather forecast reported a small time window for a safe sail across the Adria to Italy, so we declared exit in Novigrad harbor and sailed with nice winds and heavy clouds back to Lignano, where we entered Laguna di Marano just 1 hour after high tide and moored safely back in Marina Stella, where we observed heavy thunderstorms. People reported a tornado roaring from Lignano beach to Grado. We celebrated our safe return for the next days at Ristorante Da Michele, Agli Angeli Ristorante, and Da Boschet.



We sailed 292sm in 54h during 14 days.

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