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Once in a lifetime arrival in Venice

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After 3 weeks of sailing, I arrived in Venice yesterday!

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Found a place in the best harbour in the world on Isola San Georgio Maggiore. In the picture above just in the left corner.

If you would like to visit me, just go the center of Venice where you will find Piazza San Marco (with the campanile). Jump in the canal there, swim for about 100 metres and you are at my marina for the next four days.

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After the right celebration we had time to walk a round a little bit. What an amazing city! I hope to write more about my visit and the city later. Also because I found out that the Venetians used to claim that the city was founded by refugees from Troy… How is that for sailing the trails of Herodotus and Odysseus.

The coincidence is the Biennale di Venezia is this weekend in Venice. An international cultural festivals which is organized once every to years. So a lot of exhibitions and festivities this weekend. Found some kind of afterparty last night already with live jazz and free drinks (or it was just so crowded around the bar we couldn’t find a waiter to pay).

This afternoon we will join the international opening of the Biennale with all kind of artists, politicians, celebrities and the other so important people of the world.

Why you could ask? The answer is that the opening is next to the boat.

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Sweet memories in the afterstorm

Today waiting for a window to leave Umag, simply said it  I think it is the most depressing city among the further beautiful coast of Istria.

At this moment still in the afterstorm. Wind is around 20 knots but still gusts. Should decrease later in the day (around 1400 local time). Depending on when the wind will decrease, we will be heading for Trieste in Italy (about 20 nM) or Piran in Slovenia (about 8 nM).

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The Bora of yesterday makes you long for the bay of Brbinj. And it was only just a week ago…

A very peaceful bay on Dugi Otok of the Kornati. There is a small village with 5 houses, a supermarket and a restaurant. A 15 minutes walk through the hills brings you to a similar village. There we had the best Dorade from the grill. Life can be simple.

But one thing I found out yesterday is  the Bora beer. This you drink when you survived the Bora to replace the anchor beer after a fine day of sailing.

Bora came by

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Today Bora came by… better not to have as girlfriend, she’s a maneater. She prepares herself for some time in the highlands of Croatia, to sweep out with enormous force suddenly. James Joyce wrote that she drives men to suicide in Trieste during wintertime.

A giant storm with guts between 45 – 60 knots (circa 8 – 10 Bft). Thunder and lightnings all around us.

Saw it coming for some time thanks to the forecasts made based on Grib files. Decided yesterday to go to Umag instead of Novigrad for this reason. Closer to Trieste – the destination for this week – so we could loose a day sailing.

Worked hard to secure the boat with all lines we had aboard. Think we did quite well.

Tomorrow should be fine again. A nice sun and fair winds. Easy going to Trieste I hope.

Have to say that I find Grib files very good in forecasting for this area, much better then Bracknells. Even better than the local forecast from Croatian Meteo. They forecasted Bora for the evening and Grib files for around 1400 local time. Nice to be prepared.

Daily Picture: Mali Losinj – Susak

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Daily picture of today is shot between Mali Losinj and Susak. We sailed there about 8 miles just to change harbours. Mooring fees were twice as high as we were used to in Mali Losinj. Low hanging evening sun and a beautiful yacht with Spi coming by. Not much needed to make you happy.

Today in Porec in Istria, Croatia. Has an old church with some mosaics of the 3rd century,UNESCO heritage, amazing what you can find when sailing around.

Probably sailing to Novigrad today. Have to make plans. Bad weather is coming with thunder and wind over 25 knots.

But first going for the Croatian gold: a double espresso.

Another Day at the Office #2

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Today another day at the office. Some say that when you are working on Sunday, you have to quit. Well to be honest, it seems I become a workaholic 🙂 I guess nobody would have ever expected that.

Plans made for the next week with Trieste as destination. Basically first to Rovinj, then Porec, Novigrad and Umag. In Umag I will be leaving Croatia to enter the European Union. I am wondering if the authorities will be hard to handle, the Italian or the Croatian?

Bad weather is forecasted for Wednesday and Thursday so I have an alternative plan just to skip Novigrad and wait in Umag for a good weather window to go to Trieste.

Will keep you posted.

Day 3: A Day at the Office

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Another Worlds Most Wanted Job

Sailing preprations this day. First the basics, got a Croatian mobile number (a prepaid T-Mobile costs about 100 Kuna which gives you with 150 kuna calling pleasures) and an internet dongle (service of the charter company). Further did some route planning for the next week at my temporary office of the day. Damn, I love this job 🙂

Adriatic Pilot by Trevor and Dinah ThompsonWill go northward with Pula as next weeks destination. For the in between places I had a look at the different possible destinations  in this area. For the research I use “Adriatic Pilot: Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, East coast of Italy, Albania” by Trevor and Dinah Thompson. Todays research gave me the impression that this is an excellent pilot. If you want to buy one, make sure you have the 5th edition.

After the planning I did a check on the weather. Seems like the weather will be very friendly with us.  Although Sunday will be cloudy and possible no wind at all but some forecasts talk about 5 knots East for which I will be grateful. The rest of the week looks much better. When climbing up hopping from island to island, the wind looks to go for a NE direction with a force of about 15 knots. I would say perfect with me.

The tools I use for my weather investigations are Meteo Manager (about EUR 50,= for a license) and zyGrib (freeware).

Meteo Manager is a application to download Bracknell files for the next 7 days automatically. This makes it very easy to analyze the behaviour of the weather systems. One minor thing would be that the sofware is in Dutch only. zyGrib is a tool to use for Grib files. It downoads the Grib file for the selected area and is very good in presenting the wind, temperature, cloudiness and different to other applications it is even capable to make some prediction of fog.

Tonight and tomorrow could be rainy, well if that what is take to get such a good week as forecasted, I am a very happy guy.

Day 2: Snow & Mountains changing into Sun & Sea

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Awakening in a snowy, cloudy Austria

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Took a break for a highway espresso

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Settled for  Sea & Sun in Murter, Croatia

Synopsis

Left early today, as in Gasthof Gruber was not much party going on. After an hour or so in Slovenia for a total rip-off of EUR 35 for a road vignette. That amount would be fair if a) the roads are in good condition and b) you will make a fair mileage in that country. After an hour left the country so not much more to tell about Slovnia. In Croatia the weather improved finally. From a mediocre 12o C in Autria to a very fair and nice 25 degrees. Highland of Croatia so beautifull, as were the first views of the Adriatic Sea (Ta Thalatta, Ta Thalatta, Ta Thalatta, I was crying out aloud).

Before leaving the highway I though to go for some more fuel. Unfortunately my fuel cap seems to have broken somewhere among the road (probably due to the bad condition of the Slovenian roads!). So with the last drop of fuel I was able to reach the Sun & Sea. I have to admit I did not really enjoy the last miles among the coastline of Croatia in the sun looking out over the sea to the Kornati Islands. Certainly not when I found out that TomTom had sent me to the wrong village to take a ferry that didn’t exist anymore…

Route Analysis

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First the route, later the analyis 😛






Day I – Tchüß from Gasthof Gruber

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Today I took off as one would expect on day 1. Drove about 1,000 km, from Amsterdam to Gasthof Gruber, Wald am Schoberpaß, Austria. I’m afraid you cannot call this place a real metropole, times have stood still as you might see from the daily picture of today (or better todays triptique)

Always nice when you leave for sun and sea but first you have to pass mountains and snow. Trip could have been slightly better. The German roads are certainly not the best when its raining, and it was raining all day. No visibility at all and some aquaplanning. Took the A3 but lot of road blocks due to maintenance.

Need to sharpen my blogging workflow. Forgot the USB cable in my Saab 900 T16S so I cannot upload the GPS data for some geomapping.

But targets met, sleeping in Austria tonight.

Leatherman says I’m ready (part II)

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So this is the wonder tool.

After today I hope it’s fixes problems with Croatian authorities too. What would the world be without regulators? How many things people want to know about crewlists? Why always something unexpected, when does it end?

Ha ha ha, would sailing be the same without this kind of last minute stress?


Leatherman says I’m ready

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How cool is that. Bought a gadget and when it arrives you know you are ready.

It is something that everyone says you have to have that when going sailing (and fishing, hiking and any other kind of MacGyvering).

And when it arrives it says I am ready. Well what a timing, one more day to go and I really needed that confirmation 🙂

Tomorrow to open the package…