Sunday, 4 July 2010
Northwards towards Split
Finally, getting away from the Dubrovnik area, we set sail at 0400 to move north on the easterly breeze of the early morning, leaving from Kolocep, one of my favorite anchorages. The previous evening was spent enjoying an excellent steak in one of the waterfront restaurants and topping up the final elements missing from the on board larder! The passage northwards was via the inland sea, beam reaching in 12 - 18 kts right through until 1200 when the NW wind set in and the engine went on to avoid a frustrating beat to windward in light and flooky winds. The night was spent in the marina at Orebic, on the opposite side of the straits from Korculla, birthplace of Marco Polo. Next morning I again set sail early to continue the passage north. After another spanking good sail I arrived in the Kornati Islands and met up with David Ashby in his yacht CAMILLA. David promptly invited me to join him and his crew for a protracted lunch lasting until 2200! The next morning we made contact with Derek and Awilda (Tranquillo) who were also in the islands and after a morning coffee on board CAMILLA we all set off in our respective directions which for me was a passage north to Rojak on the island of Solta in order to refuel. A very satisfying reach at 7 kts along the north shore of the island was followed by a beat to windward to rejoin David at Otoc Drevnik Veli, an island to the west of Split. This time dinner was chez Kurukulla and ended at 2359!