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Croatia Flotilla, Sept. 2012
Krka National Park Excursion
Bob
08/03/2011

This was a great way to spend the day before boarding the boat!!
We can arrange a day excursion to one of Croatia's scenic treasures - Krka National Park near Skradin.

After visiting the Park, we will travel to Marina Mandalina with a quick stop at a supermarket in Sibenik to pick up provisions. We will arrive at 1800 in time for boarding our vessels.

Leave a comment if you want to join us.

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2011 Planned Itinerary
Bob
06/21/2011

Day 1 Marina Kremik
Board vessels at 1800.

Day 2 Kremik-Vinisce 15.4 nm RED ROUTE
Depart Kremik and head south to Vinišće exploring several bays along the way. Vinišće is a small and quiet fishing village which is situated in a beautiful bay just 12 km from Trogir. In the vicinity there are several bays known for its pebble and sandy beaches - Voluja, Ricevo spring, Stari Trogir, Sicenica. Vinišće has several markets, restaurants, cafés, and a small marine.
Anchor in good holding ground with depths of 5-15 m.
Option: Marina is a picturesque village with a well protected marina.

Day 3
Vinisce-Milna 14.0 nm
Milna is one of those typical Mediterranean fishing villages they don't make anymore. Located on the western part of the island Brac, the harbour of Milna is drop-dead gorgeous with sand and pebble beaches including the cove of Vlaska. Few new buildings mar Milna's urban landscape. The civic buildings and fishermen's houses on the coast are connected by footpaths to the surrounding farms, vineyards and olive groves.
ACI Marine Facilities: Reception, exchange office, restaurant, café, toilets and showers. Next to the ACI Marina pier there are several supermarkets, grocery shops and a butcher's shop.

Day 4
Milna-Vrboska via Dugi Rat 21.8 nm
Vrboska is a small town on the northern coast of Hvar Island. The place is located at the bottom of a narrow and curving fjord. Vrboska is named "Little Venice" ue to the existence of several bridges. Typical Mediterranean local architecture of small houses on both sides of the canal connected to old town houses from the periods of renaissance, gothic and baroque, as well as old churches on one side of the canal and rich villas on the other side gives the place special charm and warmth. An image resembling those from old postcards...
ACI marina Vrboska is situated on the northern shore of Hvar island, on the south side of Vrboska bay. Marina is open throughout the year with 85 berths and 30 places on land.
Facilities: reception desk, exchange office, toilettes and showers, crane (5 ton), fuel supply, parking, power and eletricity connections. At the marina area there is alo wireless Internet acces available (WLAN ).

Day 5
Vrboska-Stari Grad 20.8 nm
Stari Grad is one of the oldest European towns and the oldest town on the island of Hvar - the island of sunshine, lavender and wine. Due to its special position - it is enclosed on the one side with the land and the fields of lavender and vineyards, and on the other side it is protected by the sea - Stari Grad has a special tourist attractiveness and it is one of the most visited holiday resorts on the Adriatic.

Day 6-7
Stari Grad-Palmizana 14.4 nm
Palmizana, on the island of Sveti Klement is renowned for the absence of cars and extensive footpaths to sandy beaches and secluded coves. It is in the Pakleni Islands and is a 20 minute ferry ride to Hvar Town. On Palmizana there is an ACI marina, restaurant and gallery. Stay two nights to explore Hvar Town and the surround area.
Option: Sail 20 nm to Vela Luca on Korcula Island.

Day 8
Palmizana-Vis 12.2 nm
Despite its picture postcard Mediterranean beauty, its olive groves and vines, its ancient ruins and deserted beaches, it has virtually no tourists. As an army base in former Yugoslavia, Vis Island never developed a tourist industry. When Vis finally opened for business in 1989, visitors were pleased to discover that its natural beauty remained intact. Much of the island is devoted to vineyards that produce the famous white wine, "Vugava" and the red wine "Plavac". In addition to interesting ruins from the Greek and Roman period, there are villas and churches dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Komiza is a picturesque fishing village on the western coast and makes a good base to catch a boat to the Blue Grotto on tiny Bisevo island. Between 11am and noon on a sunny calm day, rays of the sun passing through an underwater opening illuminate the cave with a luminous blue light while objects beneath the surface shimmer in silver and pink.

Day 9
Vis-Mala Luka 23.3 nm
Anchor for night in scenic bay facing west.

Day 10
Mala Luka-Kremik 15.9 nm
Up early to arrive at Kremik 0900. Disembark.

Total Distance: 137.8 nm

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07/02/2011 | Christian Perkins
Bob, This is fantastic!! Thanks for taking the time to do this. Hope your trip is going well this week. We 're heading out on Andagift tomorrow! The weather looks great.
07/04/2011 | Adrian Lochan
Thanks Bob for making the effort. Is there a way to export the Google Earth file?
07/10/2011 | bob davis
Yes, Adrian I will send you the Google Earth file.
08/08/2011 | John Kennedy
Just catching up. Would you still have the Google Earth file? Could you email me a copy as well, please?
Planning to Travel Pre or Post Sailing?
Sailorbob
05/07/2011

If you are planning to travel pre- or post- sailing, I can recommend a great travel agency to help you. I booked my 2 week u-drive trip from Dubrovnik - Trogir through Croatia Charter Holidays located in Split. Karmen was very attentive to my needs and requests and recommended great places to visit and accommodations to stay on my tour from Dubrovnik - Trogir. If you are interested in putting together a guided tour for a group she can help.

Travel agencies in Croatia are licensed and insured as they are in Canada. I found this agency through the Croatian National Tourism Board and checked their credentials.

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05/07/2011 | bob davis
Another useful site is www.booking.com.
Globe and Mail Article
Marla
03/06/2011, Canada

Hello everyone! This past week there was an article on CROATIA and ZAGREB in the Globe's travel section. If any of you are planning on touring around Croatia's inland attractions, this is a good story!March 3rd is the date it appeared and Sandra MacGregor is the writer. See the article .... Your text to link...

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FAQ
01/30/2011

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Navigation Details
01/30/2011

Charts and Datums
The Croatian Hydrographic Institute http://www.hhi.hr/en has a range of charts available from its authorised resellers, located in the main towns. These charts are updated by monthly notices to mariners, which can be downloaded from the site.

HHI Chart 101 provides extensive information on the Coast Guard service as well as details on marinas, harbourmaster's offices and embassies, notes on buoyage systems, collision avoidance rules, etc.

The area is also covered by the British Admiralty standard nautical charts and the Admiralty (UKHO) has recently published a Leisure Folio for Southern Croatia containing 21 charts that are printed in a practical A2-sized format. Go to http://www.ukho.gov.uk for more information.

Note: All the Croatian and Admiralty charts are drawn to the Hermannshogel datum, which differs slightly from WGS 84, used in GPS systems.

Buoyage System
Croatia uses IALA Buoyage System A (in Canada we use System B). That means red right returning does not apply here.

Tides and Currents
Tides and currents are generally so small as to be insignificant. Sea levels are more susceptible to weather (air pressure) than tides. Currents average 0.5 knots. For tidal predictions (unofficial) in Croatia go to Admiralty EasyTide

Coast Guard Services
Coast Guard services are provided by individual harbourmasters under the overall co-ordination of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre based in Rijeka (MRCC - Rijeka). In an emergency call 9155, from fixed lines or Croatian mobile phones. If dialing from abroad, dial 00 385 51 9155. Alternatively use VHF Channel 16. Croatia is part of GMDSS (VHF-DSC Channel 70).

Weather Reports
Weather reports are broadcast by the harbourmaster's offices in Croatian and English three times per day. For Split Radio, these reports are at 0545, 1245 and 1945 UTC on VHF Channel 67. Sibenik - VHF Channel 73.

Berthing and Lazilines
Berthing will most likely be on lazilines, bow or stern-to, whether in a marina, a harbour or on pontoons provided by restaurants. Normally someone will be waiting for you, ready to raise a line out of the water to make pick-up easier. As you approach the berth someone needs to be ready with a boat hook to pick up the line attached to the shore at one end and running to a concrete block resting on the bottom several meters out from the dock. Once you have picked up the line, walk to the bow and pull it in until the thick rope at the end, attached to the block, is taut, and make fast to the bow. There will be two cleats on the dock that you will use to secure both sides of the stern. Tip: don't cross these lines.

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