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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.

ART DECO-CORFU GREECE

*** 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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