Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Family sailing round Cres and Losinj

My 18 month old grandson Laurenz together with his parents Sophie and Chris joined my wife and me on board in Cres on July 12th. To test his seaworthiness we sailed next day to near Uvala Nedomisje. Laurenz enjoyed swimming and sailing. Afternoon we sailed back into Cres Marina. The next 4 days we stayed in the marina because of strong easterly winds, walking and swimming in the sheltered bay around Cres.

As the wind decreased on July 18th to a nice northeasterly 4 Bft we set sail south and anchored in Luka Ustrine. Next morning at 9am we passed the turning bridge at Osor, sailed to the southern end of Cres and anchored in Meli Bay for two days enjoying swimming and playing in shallow waters and sandy beaches.

On July 21st we sailed east to Rab city, where we moored in the marina, visited the 4 wonderful old churches, refilled our supplies, and had a fine Croatian dinner at Konoba Rab with seafood buzzara and the famous zabaglione palatschinkas. The next 2 days we spent again in Uvala Meli with Laurenz enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

At noon of July 24th we sailed north with fresh easterly winds to Uvala Martinscica, where we spent the night at anchor. At 9am next day we passed again Osor channel northwards and sailed with nice easterly winds back to Cres. Laurenz and the whole family fully enjoyed his first sailing experience.

We sailed 30h and logged 105sm in 13 days.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cooking and Swimming in Cres and Losinj

A friendly family came on board on July 2nd: Elisabeth, Flora, Andreas, and Linus. Because of bad weather we started only 2 days later to Uvala Slatina, where we achored and cooked two nice scorpionfish in the oven. Not knowing that they were venomous when raw, they tasted very nice well cooked with wine and potatoes.

Next day we sailed to Unije and anchored in Uvala Vognisca enjoying a nice swim.

On July 6th with northerly winds we sailed to Mali Losinj, moored at the city harbor, and had a nice Croatian dinner at Hajduk restaurant.

Next moring we sailed back north to Luka Ustrine, where we roasted a saddle of lamb to the point and Elisabeth prepared a nice Linzertorte in our large frying pan. Next day we sailed further north, swam into the Blue Cave at Uvala Zanja and finally anchored in front of the beach at Valun, where we had a nice dinner at San Marco.

We ended our short cruise on July 9th in Cres and enjoyed a nice dinner at Riva restaurant in Cres.

We sailed 25h and logged 103sm in 6 days.

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