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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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