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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.

And Trieste, ah Trieste ate I my Liver!

Arrived in Trieste on Thursday and now, two Bora’s later, time for some reflection.

My relationship with Bora

First of all, I Bora is a hard way of life. And it is officially confirmed that she is a maneater.

I’ve been able to learn you have three ways of Bora coming by. She can stay for one day, three days and even ten days. To make things worse you never will know for what she is up to. It is often said that she is born in the Velebitski Canal in Croatia and dies in Trieste. Sleeping with Bora in your yacht while she is going wild, is another special experience. Be sure you are well protected. Bora comes always from the North East so your harbour must be safe for that direction. And no matter how tired you are, you will get up time by time and look up what she has left of you and your stuff.

At this moment it looks like the Bora will stay here for the week with me. The weather forecast I just received shows NE winds up to 9 Bft for the next week in the night of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There the forecast stops…

There is something about Trieste

Back to Trieste however, to quote Cook’s Handbook for travellers:

“The average traveler would not make a point of staying long in Trieste”

It is just not true.

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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.

Arrived in Pula

Yesterday we arrived in Pula. After a week of excellent sailing milestone number 1 is achieved. Check the box. Almost proud to be here. Found a place in the ACI Marina under the shadows of the old Amphitheatre of Pula. How ancient is that?

All days sun and a nice breeze between 15 – 20 knots and a fine crew. Weather forecasts with zyGrib and Meteo Manager works very well. The Croatian islands and food (grilled fishes!!!) prettier then expected.

Today managing GPS data, pictures, changing crew and planning the next week.

Will keep you posted next week about the sailing around of last week through this website (yes you can subscribe through RSS and mail) and Twitter.

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Ancient Places: Pula

Besides the Golden Fleece, Jason (that Jason from Jason and the Argonauts) took also the beautiful daughter of the king with him, called Medea. The Colchian people had off course to defend the honour of the king and a giant manhunt started. I think you could say the biggest manhunt in ancient times.

This quest went first across the Black Sea to the Danube, through the land currently known as Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. There they found a river going undergrounds ending in the Adriatic Sea close to Trieste (still you will be able to take this route, no myths with that). When the hunters arrived at the point of the peninsula of Istria at the end, they found it so beautiful, that they decided to halt. According to legend, they founded there Pula…

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When the Romans arrived in Pula around 177 BC, they put the city firmly on the map with impressive amphitheater, which still can be found today. It is the 6th largest Amphitheater of the world by the way. Remainings of the Romans can still be found in Pula, as you still have the old Forum and the Temple of Augustus (heritage of the Godenverering van keizers in de periode …).

I visited the city during my Croatian Cruisin’ in 2005. Below are some pictures I then took.

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