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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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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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Kornati Archipelago

On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown His work and thus created Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath

George Bernard Shaw


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The largest part of my trip through the Adriatic, I will be sailing the Kornati Achipel. It is the central part of croatian Adriatic Sea, about 15 Nm to the west from Sibenik town, 7 Nm to the southwest from Murter, or 15 Nm to the south from Zadar town.

The beauty and singularity of the archipelago moved authorities in 1980 to proclaim a bigger part of that area a national park. Since then certain modifications of its borders were made, so that nowadays Kornati National Park occupies the area of about 220 km2. There are 89 islands, islets and reefs within the area of Kornati National Park (238 km of the coastline), what makes it the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean.

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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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