Saturday, July 29, 2017

Enjoying Croatian Waters

After Josip from Marizo Cres mounted three new hydraulic tubes for our autopilot and refuelling our tanks we left Cres marina on Tuesday 18th July afternoon for a quiet night at anchor in Uvala Nedomisje. My grandson Jonas with his parents Isa and Matthias enjoyed his first swim next morning and then we sailed south to Martinscica harbor, where we moored at the town quay and met Anna, a friend of Jonas, and her parents. We had a nice dinner at Gostionica Koralj. Next day we took Anna and her parents on a short cruise to the west bay of Otok Zeca for a long swim. In the evening we attended a barbecue party at Anna's holiday home.

Friday 21st we sailed south to Otok Susak, where we took a buoy and spent a sunny day swimming. Next day we sailed to Luka Krivica, where we anchored and took a line to the narrow shore. There we spent two more leisure days in clear waters.

On Monday 24th weather forecast announced some thunderstorms, so we tried to get a mooring place in Mali Losinj, but at noon the harbor had not one free place.

So we sailed with nice southerly winds further north to Uvala Ustrine, where we anchored securely in the north bay. In the evening a heavy thunderstorm arrived as forecasted. A motoryacht with dragging anchor crashed into our boat, but besides a bent railing stanchion nothing was damaged. For the next two days we enjoyed swimming in this beautiful bay and finally went back to Cres marina where we celebrated this leisurely cruise with a fine fish dinner at Restaurant Riva.

We sailed 25h and logged 102sm in 9 days.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Relaxing Short Cruise

Together with my sister Gabriela and her friend Herbert I came back to Cres by car on Sunday 9th July 2017. Next morning after bunkering some supplies we set sail south with weak westerly winds and anchored near Osor in quiet Uvala Radiboj. Next morning at 9:00 am we passed Osor channel southwards, rounded the south coast of Otok Cres and finally anchored in Uvala Meli. We swam to the sandy beach and had a nice walk in the dense woods. In the evening we experienced a violent but short thunderstorm with 8 bft gusts.

Next day at noon we passed the harbor of Veli Losinj, motored though the crowded channel between Otok Ilovik and Sv.Petar and spent the night at a bouy in Luka Krivica. Next morning with choppy northeasterly winds we set sail at first reef and tacked north with nice speed to Uvala Ustrine, where we anchored in the quiet north bay. The autopilot ceased working - all hydraulic fluid was gone. We decided to repair it when back in Cres Marina.

On Friday we continued sailing north with 6 bft northeasterly wind and 2nd reef with Herbert at the helm heroically fighting the gusts. West of Rt.Pernat the wind suddenly ceased and we ended this cruise moored save again in Marina Cres. Herbert helped me change the hydraulic cylinder with some tricks known only by a mechanical engineer. But then we found that one of the hydraulic tubes was also broken and I decided to have all three of them replaced. We celebrated our relaxing cruise with a fine grilled turbot and some Malvazija Istarska wine at Restaurant Riva.

We sailed 21h and logged 101sm in 6 days.

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