Monday, September 30, 2019

Rainy Autumn Sailing to Venice

My crew Konstantin, Peter und Robert arrived in the afternoon of Saturday 21st, September 2019 in Palazzolo dello Stella. After buying provisions we started with a delicious fish dinner at Ai Tre Canai in Marano Lagunare.

Next morning at 9:30am with cloudy sky we left Stella Marina 3 hours ahead of high tide for Venice. Soon the rain started and we sailed with some north easterly winds to Venice Lagoon, which we entered at 5:00pm through Porto Lido. We anchored in Canale San Felice east of Treporti and enjoyed a legendary Bistecca Fiorentina on board.

In rainy weather we motored around Burano, Murano, and San Michele next morning and finally moored at Compagnia della Vela at Isola San Giorgio Maggiore in front of Piazza San Marco. We enjoyed the city for two days and I visited the famous Biennale di Venezia. We had a very good dinner at Taverna Scalinetto in Castello across Canale di San Marco.

On Wednesday 25th after buying some fresh Coda di Rospo and some vegetables at Rialto Mercato and tasting the best Tramezzini at Bar Toletta we continued south to Isola Poveglia, where we anchored and spent the afternoon cooking our nice fish dinner. Next morning before dawn we left Venice Lagoon through Porto Malamocco and sailed east to Slovenia with nice northerly winds. At 5:00pm we anchored in Uvala Strunjan, took a nice swim and had Gnocchi al Gorgonzola for dinner. 

After some swimming we motored into Izola harbor to bunker diesel at noon. With no wind we motored north to Grado and moored in the city harbor. After taking a long walk around Grado we had a remarkeable dinner at Trattoria de Toni.

Next morning starting at 7:30am with overcast sky and some drizzle we motored along Litoranea Veneta inside Laguna di Marano through Canale di San Pietro d'Orio, Canale Taglio Nuovo (with minimum depth of 1.3m 2 hours ahead of high tide), Canale Anfora Vecchia, Canale Muro, Canale San Pietro (with minimum depth of 1.4m 1 hour ahead of high tide), Canale Zellina, Alaciante San Andrea, Canale di Marano, Canale de'lustri, and finally Canale Cialisia to Fiume Stella. We moored in Stella Marina at 11:30am and celebrated our rainy cruise with an excellent dinner at Ristorante Da Boschet.

We sailed 167sm in 30h during 7 days.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Istrian Late Summer Cruise

At noon on Sunday 25th August 2019 with high tide I left Stella Marina with my experienced women crew: Eva, Evi and Ilse for Uvala Strunjan in Slovenia. After anchoring we took only a short swim because of many jellyfish and prepared a nice Bistecca Fiorentina.

After motoring south next morning we declared entry to Croatia in Novigrad, walked around the city and bought some provisions. We sailed further south east into Cervar Porat, where we anchored west of the small harbor and encountered a lot of jellyfish again. Our on-board dinner was nice Pasta Pomodoro and a good bottle of red wine.

Next morning we motored with no wind south to Rovinj, where we bunkered diesel and bought some nice Branzinos. We continued round Rt. Kurent and anchored in cristall clear waters in Uvala Polaris with no jellyfish and best swimming conditions. So we spent 2 days at anchor in nice weather. At evening we cooked our Branzinos in the oven with some potatoes and vegetables.

On Thursday 29th we sailed south to Pula and moored in the ACI marina. We strolled around the city and visited market and fortress. A typical Croatian Dinner we had at Pizzeria Jupiter, Next day at noon with nice westerly winds we tacked back to Rovinj, where we moored in the new ACI Marina and had a sumptuous fish dinner at Bar Rio.

Before dawn Eva left us by catamaran from VeneziaLines to meet her husband in Venice.
The rest of the crew and I sailed again with nice westerly winds to Uvala Sv. Martin, where we anchored, took a swim with no jellyfish and cooked some mackerel with rice.

Weather forecast promised bad weather for the next days, so we decided to return back to Italy. After crossing northern Adriatic we reached Stella Marina with high tide at noon of September 1st. When the rain started we had already finished our dinner in Marano Lagunare at Trattoria Barkaneta

 We sailed 165sm in 33h during 9 days.
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