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SAILING DÉJÀ VU III … 2012

 

Who was it said “Sailing has its moments”!

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*** DJV AFTER SIX MONTHS ON DRY LAND AT PREVEZA, GREECE … 2011/12 ***

I returned to Greece from Australia on 3rd April, 2012 … still a month early I found as Preveza, Greece was still freezing cold (snow on the nearby hills) … plus, I was slowly dying with a throat infection I had picked up on an aircraft when returning from New Zealand.

Six weeks later with the anti-fouling paint and 100 other jobs complete, Déjà vu was lowered back into the water. It was now the 10th May, it seemed half the year had evaporated and I hadn’t sailed anywhere new in the Mediterranean.

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*** RAY AND ANNETTE, RECENTLY RETIRED YACHT CHARTERERS OPERATING FROM CORFU, GREECE ***

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*** DJV IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO A VERY LARGE FRIEGHTER … DURRES HARBOUR, ALBANIA ***

With the loading-on-board of €277.00 worth of benzene and a heap of food/gas/water I pointed DJV north to the Island of Corfu, Greece. Spent a few days with friends Ray and Annette at Gouvia Marina and then took off again for Albania. No room to describe this trip just to say I sailed over many square miles of World War 2 marine mine fields hoping to hell that was an acceptable practice (large ferries and all sorts of vessels were doing it) … and stayed five days in the harbour of Durres, Albania … a very poor town/city.

Then to the town of Bar, Montenegro where I was refused entry due to not holding a `Certificate of Sailing Proficiency’!   “But I’ve just sailed from Australia; doesn’t that say something for my proficiency”? The Harbour Master was harsh … “No, our Law says you must have a Certificate, you don’t, so buzz-off” … or words to that effect.

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*** PULA, CROATIA … A SERIOUS SHIP BUILDING TOWN ***

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*** VLRUJE, CROATIA … A VERY PRETTY LITTLE TOWN WITH VERY LITTLE TO OFFER BUT TWO RESTAURANTS AND SHELTER ***

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*** THIS WAS A VERY SCARY TORNADO WHICH HIT THE MARINA DJV WAS BERTHED IN … LUCKILY I SAW IT COMING! ***

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*** THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF REPAIRING TWO VERY TIRED LITTLE YAMAHA OUTBOARDS ***

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*** A SERIOUS ITALIAN `SUN LOVER’, NICE! … BRINDISI, ITALY ***

Then northwest through Croatia to a town called Pula. Again I must shorten the story, but sufficient to say I was apprehended by the Coast Guard for not having a Permit to pass through Croatian waters … and was hauled before a bottle-blonde female Judge who was kind enough to fine me 4700 Kuna (AU$800) and send me on my way. This was proving tougher than sailing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. I was starting to feel very `unwanted’ in these regions … so I sailed across the Adriatic Sea to Venice, Italy. Ten days in Venice (very nice) … surviving a really deadly tornado … and it was soon time to take off south to Brindisi, Italy … one of my Yamaha motors was telling me it was sick. By the time I arrived at Brindisi, they were both telling me the same thing.  Tied up at the `di Brindisi’ Marina, (no motive power as both engines were in many pieces) and spent two expensive month (from 1st August, 2012) waiting for replacement parts from the US and Japan via Singapore.

As well, a huge thunderstorm raged all night recently filling my dinghy with water leading to a torn seam on one pontoon. Bugger!

Then a waste/sewage blockage led to the need to replace a sea-cock (which is a very perilous task. Glub, glub)!

Just to top off my week, news from Yamaha-Japan … my replacement parts won’t be ready ‘til late September! Much, much more cursing!

I don’t really need to confirm … this lifestyle has its many tough moments”!

 

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PUTTING `DEJAVU’ TO BED … RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA … DECEMBER 2011

I’ve now returned to Perth in Western Australia to spend the cold Mediterranean winter … in the hot Australian summer. Much more liveable for me as the `COLD’ of any winter just seizes me up!

*** GOOD SAILING FREINDS (SHAZ & TONY) FROM EASTERN AUSTRALIA ... SPENT A FEW WEEKS WITH `DEJAVU' IN CROATIA ***

 

My last four months on Déjà vu seemed hectic … with the new (to me) country of Croatia taking up a good part of time and energy to explore. I had many visitors through this period and they are always welcome.

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*** `DEJAVU' OFF THE `OLD TOWN' OF DUBROVNIK, CROATIA -2011 ...

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*** LIFTOUT AT `CLEOPATRA' MARINA, PREVEZA, GREECE ... NOVEMBER 2011 ***

I’ve put Déjà vu to bed at a town named Preveza, Greece (Just about 60/70 miles south of Corfu Island) on the far NW corner of Greece.

 

 

 

 

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*** `DEJAVU' HARD AGROUND AT CLEOPATRA MARINA ... FOR THE WINTER 2011/12 ***

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*** A SMALL BUNDLE OF ROPES/LINES/SHEETS/HALYARDS/PAINTERS ETC ... READY FOR STORAGE BELOW. ***

Also, I was employed by the manufacturers of my Seawind 1000 Catamaran … to tour the eastern states capital cities of Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) … followed by Perth, Western Australia …

… to give a talk to yachty types, on the experiences I’ve had from the time I bought Déjà vu in 2004.

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*** A WONDERFUL UKRAINIAIN FAMILY MET WHILST HOLIDAYING IN CROATIA ***

`Seawind Catamarans’ want me to return to Sydney in January 2012 for another presentation … and are considering a deal to have me speak in New Zealand. This has been a new and very rewarding experience for me, which I have enjoyed immensely.

Hope all have a Great Christmas!

Lloyd Price

from Perth, Western Australia.

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A Look at Today … Latest News from Split … Croatia! ‘Til the 15th August 2011

Corfu Island, Greece … 29th July 2011

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*** THE SE CORNER OF CORFU ISLAND, GREECE. ***

I took my fold-up bike ashore at the CYC and rode into the main City area and around the shoreline to the harbour. Many Cruise Liners visit this port, along with scores of inter-island ferries.! The main City is a labyrinth of narrow streets/paths, as they had been in ancient days … and at night scores of restaurants light up to attract the tourists to town.

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*** ART DECO POWER BOAT-CORFU GREECE ... ANYONES GUESS AS TO IT'S FUNCTION? ***

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*** GOUVIA MARINA, CORFU, GREECE. LARGE AND EXPENSIVE! ***

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*** FOUR GORGEOUS KIDS WASHING THE DISHES AT A FIRE HYDRANT!! ***

So, with Déjà vu fully topped up with fuel, water and food … it was time to head north to Croatia!

Erikoussa Island, Greece … 1st August 2011

In attempting a journey north from Greece to Croatia, you must be very aware of the country of Albania … a non-EU country with a poor reputation for hospitality. In other words, they can be friendly, but, their past performances make everyone cautious! Therefore, I had planned to sail 20 nmiles off their coastline, to Montenegro (an EU country) which is tucked between Albania and Croatia ... then on to Croatia.

On leaving Corfu the weather was dead-calm for the first 26 nmiles, demanding I motor Déjà vu. Then a 30 knot breeze developed from the WNW … exactly the direction I needed to travel. I `tacked’ Déjà vu for 24 nmiles and this resulted in us moving just 11 nmiles towards our destination. It was hard, rough work and obviously, it wasn’t going to work. Therefore, I jibed Déjà vu and sailed (very quickly, downwind) back to the island of Erikoussa, Greece, and spent an excellent night in the lee … along with 20 other yachts.

At 06:00 the next day I took Déjà vu out into the same conditions, with the same result. Therefore, it was time for a MAJOR executive decision! I decided to sail broad-side to the wind (a broad reach) and land in Italy wheresoever this course took Déjà vu! Then I would take Déjà vu along the eastern coastline of Italy to Brindisi … and sail across the wind again to Cavtat, Croatia. A long way ’round but, I had the time and Déjà vu had the ability.

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*** `TRICASE', ITALY ... A TINY HARBOUR BUT WELCOMING. ***

The rough, but fast 56 nmile journey across the Adriatic Sea, took me to `Tricase’, surely one of the smallest harbours in Italy. And out rushed a power boat to shepard me into the last berth available. Just Great!

Brindici Marina, Italy … 4th August 2011

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*** SEEMED TO ME TO BE AN UNFORTUNATE PLACE TO SINK ... `BRINDICI' HARBOUR! ***

  • It has a major Headquarters of the United Nations situated here …
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*** A MYSTERIOUS FLYING BOAT ... SEEMED PART OF THE UN STABLE! ***

  • Brindisi is also a hub for the Italian Customs office called `Guardia di Fianza’.
  • And a hub for large Inter Island Ferries.
  • Also a Port for the Italian Navy.

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    *** `CUSTOMS' VESSEL ... NO USE TRYING TO OUTRUN THIS ONE! ***

The next morning at 06:00 Déjà vu was heading north under motors in calm conditions.

15 nmile north and up sprung a 15 knot NNW breeze … so up went a full main and the screecher was unfurled. We were heading NNE again. With the Chart Plotter/Auto Pilot under `Wind Vane’ setting we sailed all day, very rare … BUT, the breeze slowly turned north and our course slowly turned south! At sun-set Déjà vu was 20 nmiles south of her rum-line to Cavtat, Croatia. That was OK as we were getting some easterly movement from the sailing journey … and giving the motors a rest.

From recent experiences I was confident the wind would die to a dead calm soon after sunset … and this it did! Down with all sails and the time was right to fire up the two `steel maidens’ (9.9 Yamaha outboards). A course was set directly for Cavtat, Croatia and kept ’til arrival at Cavtat 120 nmiles as the crow flies from Brindisi, Italy. (We actually covered 139nmiles with tacking … in 31 hours … an average of 4.5 knots).

One surprising and disappointing aspect of crossing the Adriatic Sea was to see such a large quantities of plastic in the water … very sad!

Now it was my turn to jump through the Croatian hoops of Immigration, Customs and the Harbour Master at Cavtat.

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*** THE HARBOUR-FRONT OF `CAVTAT', CROATIA. ***

Cavtat is 7 nmiles south of the famous old Croatian City of Dubrovnik … and the favoured harbour from which to enter and leave Croatia.

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*** THE `OLD TOWN' OF CAVTAT, CROATIA. ***

The Official side of entering Croatia was OK … although a touch expensive.

  • `Yacht arrival notification’ Fee: 1,205 CK (AU$216.00)
  • `Sojourn Tax’ Payment: 500 CK (AU$90.00) for one month, with another 500 CK for an extension of one month. A yachts stay is limited to three months.

The main stress with `clearing in’, comes from berthing stern-to at the quarantine wharf, in my case, without crew. This becomes extremely difficult and nerve-racking when firstly dropping your anchor mid-harbour, then backing in to nudge between multi-million dollar power boats. Thankfully, the owners and crew of these vessels keep a sharp eye out for slightly out-of-control vessels such as Déjà vu … and fend-off to keep things scratch free and legal.

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*** THE `OLD TOWN' OF DUBROVNIK-2011 ... WITH SEAWIND 1000

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*** LLOYD BOARDING DEJA VU ***

 

I’m presently in Split, Croatia … and will update ASAP.

More, much more on Croatia in the Website from November, 2011 … www.svdejavu.com

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