Late Sailing in Croatia – October 2012th….
We have enjoyed a beautiful couple of days sailing in Croatia from 05.10.2012. to 08.10.2012. and here is a short report..
1. day Friday, 05.10.2012: Check-in in marina Kornati Biograd near Zadar;
We have started to sail around noon on Friday and planned to arrive on Island of Vis during the evening. Not a short distance at all (60Nm) however we had an appointment that evening in a very special Roki’s Family Farm in Plisko Polje on the island of Vis. A reason not to hesitate!
It was very sunny with more than 22°C yet the wind was not as we have expected – less than 5 knots : ( so no sailing on Friday unfortunately..
We arrived in Vis harbor around 21:00h and Roki’s transfer van was waiting for us.. First sailing day is over but the night is young : ))
At Roki’s we’ve had a fabulous lamb under bell (a traditional method of preparing lamb known as “peka”) and also had a taste of some Roki’s home-made wines and brandy (such as Muskardin, Bugava, Plavac, Prosek, Matadur, Mirta, Komovica, Rogacica, Travarica).
Some of us had too much and went asleep yet a couple of us (including the author) still had some space for additional couple of glasses.. so we found a very nice open terrace beneath the Perast Fort in the city center very close to our boat. It was strange but somehow romantic listening to the music on the old gramophone..
2. day Saturday, 06.10.2012: Coffee and breakfast in Vis;
It was so nice to wake up in Vis again! I always like to go in Vis since this island really has something to show and having a coffee in a small, sunny square in the center of Vis is really fantastic.
Although we had planned to sail to the island of Hvar and visit Pakleni Islands, we had finally decided to round the island of Vis and have a look of some beautiful sights available here. We were also probably too exhausted from Friday’s sailing marathon – 60Nm is really too much for a single day.
So first we had visited the cave on the island of Ravnik which is well known as a Green Cave. It is a cave formed by means of abrasion with two entrances and an aperture on the top through which light enters reflecting colours from the sea bottom painting its walls green. In the period of the Second World Ware, smaller warships also found shelter here.
Only a short sailing has led us to the second very famous and really beautiful bay of Stiniva. Stiniva Bay is located on the southern part of the island of Vis. It is approachable from the sea through a narrow passage after which the bay broadens and ends in a beautiful beach. There is no road leading to the bay and for this reason it has managed to preserve its natural beauty.
We were sea bathing in this beautiful bay and some of our more courageous crew-members even did some cliff diving. Too much for the rest..
After having a marvelous on-board lunch in Stiniva prepared by our chef Kristjan we have set sail to Komiza on the island of Vis – our last stop before heading back to North Dalmatia..
3. day Sunday, 07.10.2012: Coffee and breakfast in Komiza;
After having a very quite night on the anchor in Komiza bay (just opposite from the port) we took a walk and a coffee in the beautiful town of Komiza.
Komiza lies on the sunny side of the island and is well sheltered from cold northerly winds, in the bottom of the largest bay on the island and compacted within narrow alleys and slender houses. It is a famous place for its fishermen on the Adriatic. The everyday tourist offer of Komiza includes numerous excursions to open Sea Islands: Bisevo (the Blue Cave), Svetac and Brusnik, the legendary Palagruza and the volcanic island of Jabuka.
Unfortunately it was time to head north towards the town of Sibenik – still no wind on the horizon.
We arrived in Sibenik around 18:00h. What a beautiful passage through the Channel of St. Anthony – really stunning!
It is always a pleasure to visit a historic town of Sibenik. We had moored in the city center around 18:00h and started enjoying the city immediately : ) We went to the bars on the seafront and had very good time during the evening.
A couple of kilometers north of the city is the Krka National Park renowned for its many waterfalls, flora, fauna, and historical and archaeological remains – very relaxing sites!
4. day Monday, 08.10.2012: Back to Biograd..
After having the breakfast & coffee in Šibenik, we went back to Biograd – good news were that 20 knots of Bora wind was blowing and this was going to be our best (and only) sailing day during the trip.
The sailing was fantastic – it was nice to remember why it is so easy to get infected with it!
We have returned to Biograd around 18:00h and still had a lot driving to do.
Late season sailing in Croatia is fantastic – charter boats are available for reasonable amounts, marinas are not crowded, wheather is nice and the sea is still warm like during the summer. Also, although we didn’t feel much wind, the chances of having a true sailing vacation are better than during August.