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”
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.
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.