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Shameless Appetizer for Sardegna

Two more weeks before sailing in Sardegna, found the clip on YouTube doing my research, counting down the days :-)

Added two more books to my library for this trip. The pilot for Corsica and North Sardinia and the Rough Guide to Sardinia.

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First impressions: the Maddelena Archipelago will be beautiful and I hope we can make the crossing to Corsica from Sardinia as Bonifacio looks as a place not to be missed.

Lot of wind to be expected though, crossing the Bonifacio Strait between the islands. The well-known Venturi effect (kiting paradise) will create gale-force winds. Some people will not like it being aboard…

Just as a reminder for myself, the latest weather forecastfor sailing of Sardinia: SardegnaARPA

Daily Picture: The Lions of Trieste

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Feel like the lions of Trieste today. Had a good party yesterday evening. Lot of friends I didn’t see for quite some time, excellent live band so all together a lot of fun.

So now I feel strong… although a little bit peeled on the outside.

Pictures above were taken in Trieste and part of my “Street Signatures”. What you see are the ornaments on the doors of an old church on Riva 3 Novembre.

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Sneak Preview: Sailing to Venice in Google Earth

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See above the first sneak preview of the GPS data converted to Google Earth. Once I finalized the above, I realized so much more to be done.

I would like to add the waypoints for the different cities we have sailed, further  add the anchorings, the places we have spotted dolphins and the turtle. I have to find out how Google Earth could present speed and heading. Well and why not add photos into Google Earth? And polar diagrams with speed versus direction. Ai, I need a holiday badly.

For the ones interested, the following color coding for the weeks have been used:

Color Week   
From To
Yellow 1 Murter (Croatia) Pula (Croatia)
Orange 2 Pula (Croatia) Trieste (Italy)
Red 3 Trieste (Italy) Venice (Italy)
Blue 4 Venice (Italy) Pula (Croatia)
Magenta 5 Pula (Croatia) Murter (Croatia)

I tried to add a download to this post, somehow WordPress – the content management system I use – just does not cooperate. Meanwhile you can use the zoom and make a guesstimate what happened there. All guesstimates are welcome in the comments and I will try to reply to them.

Next week I will be going to Split, via the Kornati Archipel again (off course) and some places advised to people I have met.

A Day at the Office at Murter: Full frontal watersheds

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Back in Murter again. After sailing for 5 weeks from Murter to Venice and back, highlights: First of all Venice off course. I am still a little bit flabbergasted that I have sailed to that city. Almost even impressive: Trieste, Pula and the Kornati Archipel. And what to think about the places like Molat, Luka Krijal, Vrulje and Sali in Croatia and Piran in Slovenia.

Now a week easy going here in Murter, no crew and a lot of rain forecasted for the next week. As I am writing this posts a Bora is slapping my face again. People might think she is secretly becoming my girlfriend. Not in a zillion years! But I getting used to her. Is that  a good start for a steady relationship?

Currently sitting in a restaurant and the rain pours though the roof, really, it is just no joke. Excellent conditions to do some posting about routes, ancient places and the beauty of the Adriatic, analysing the GPS data and getting the route sailed into Google Earth. I am just very happy the weathergods like Helius, Selene, Eos, Boreas, Zephyrus and Hesperus allowed me to sail this roundtrip without any real obstacles through wind and rain.

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As a cliffhanger just the two above photographs as an impression what you can expect the next days. The first being the St. Marks Basilica at Venice, the second a very cosy bay in Croatia named Luka Krijal. Although both quite nice, not even close to a summary of my trip.

Shine a light on Italy

Only a short note from Venice today, off course with a Daily Picture.

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Don’t know when the next will be. Internet access in Italy is hard to find due to anti-terroristm laws. Whenever you want to access the internet it has to be registered, you have to show your ID of which a copy will be made. Off course, as Keynes would have predicted over 100 years ago, internet access is then small in supply, high in demand (maybe I’m a little bit biased in that assumption) and high in price.

Hard thing for me to accept, used to free internet in every bar as in Amsterdam and off course having mobile internet (as in Croatia). Italy, back in the future. And Mr. Future, please shine a light on Italy. But maybe it is just local politics. Belusconi, the media mogul and boss of Italy, has a rather long position in Media… From a financial as well as a more Machiavellian viewpoint.

The Italian Internet access restrictions are a things I didn’t expect on forehand. The same accounts for the high prices of the marina’s and the weather for the last 3 weeks.

Next crew will arrive in about an hour. Meeting point will be the centre of Piazza San Marco. Is the place most close to  my marina. Did I tell you that already? O wait, one more picture in the serie “A Day at the Office”.

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Did you see the Campanile through the sailing yachts? (big smile here)

Next post most likely from Croatia again. If weather permits I would like to go as fast as possible to Pula.

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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A double espresso @ Piran, the pearl of the Slovenian Adriatic

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At this moment enjoying a double espresso in a bar while having a view on the harbour of Piran. The weather is recovering from a heavy thunderstorm last night. Always amazing, so much rain in so little time.

Had a good day of sailing from Trieste to Piran yesterday although. Speeding up to 7 knots with only the genua set. Did a swim & sleep in a little bay just around Piran then entered the harbour.

Piran is a very nice little village. It was once a great maritime power until it had to bow to the force of Venice. That was around 1300. Being part of the Venetian empire, the city has been build in line with the design of Venice and it has a nice campanile overlooking the city and an old fort. It has been well conserved which means a lots of tourists walking through the city.

To day will be sailing to Italy again, Lignano to be specific. If the weather forecast is right there will be some wind around 1400 local time which will bring us there nice and easy.

Daily Picture

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Just received an email that the crew for Dubrovnik – Split is training their cooking skills as a team. So much appreciated!

To stimulate them a related daily picture. This nice little fishes were consumed in Mali Losinj, almost 2 weeks ago already. We had bought them from some local fishermen, how fresh can you get it?

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.

Sailing to Venice

In the Yachting World of this month is an article on Sailing to Venice. A guy thought it was his most magical sailing moment of his life. If this true I will have on June 6 my most magical moment. How to cope with something like that?

Yachting World of March 2006

Yachting World of March 2009

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The full Yachting World article, click to download (please note size is about 3.1 Mb):
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Sailing the Adriatic

From May 16 to July 31 I will be sailing the Adriatic Sea and currently I’m quite busy with all the preparations for this trip I will start sailing from Murter, Croatia (somewhere between Zadar and Split) and first go north up to Triest and Venice in Italy. Then I will return to Croatia and going down up to Dubrovnik and Montenegro. See the map below for an impression of the trip.

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For this trip I have made another site and you can find all information there and you can find information about the planning. I am still looking for crewmembers – especially experienced ones – for a very special trip (the once in a lifetime opportunity 😉 from Dubrovnik to Italy and sailing there the coastline of Puglia and then crossing the Adriatic again back to Split.

Site for sailors: crew.ancientcoasts.com

For more information see also this post. This site is in Dutch, just twitter me at ancientcoasts if you need information in English

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