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Cruising with HappyCat
Uvula Pinzel
Aug/18/2010

Great little anchorage before venturing into Kornati National Park. We decided to get the obligatory entrance fees at Zut,

On our way to Pinzel we pulled into Sali. A lovely village on the East coast of Dugi Otok. Ended up coming here a couple of times to provision. You can walk around the whole peninsula, and see the locals enjoying the bracing waters, and lying in the sun on the concrete and rock beaches. We tied to the old wharf.

-The 'beaches' of Sali

Hvar, CR
Aug/15/2010

At Hvar, James dropped us off at the town quay. Mercedes figures out how to catch the connecting ferry to Split.
We visit to the grocery shop for our last eve. Together.
Tying up on the neighboring Island was a new experience. Anchoring and tying back to on to a tree ashore. There was a strong current and we had to position ourselves in between 2 boats. I got a little stressed, was not really sure my role, and onshore of the drill, yelled at poor Joao as we tried to row ashore, with all the rope, that the rope had to remain on the boat, and I take the end. We got there in the end. Alas, James has a horrid fall in the dinghy, slipped and fell on the handle of the outboard, smack in the middle of his back.
To top things off, Hvar offered us entertainment until 5:00a.m. with loud music what seamed on top of us.

Korkula, CR
Aug/14/2010

Motored the flat warm seas of 17n.m. to Korula. Another warm, calm, summers day. For the first time we are now seeing more sailing vessels, lots of them. Told the season was down. Less charter boats. Not surprised, we are made to pay even for anchoring, ~ €15-20 .

MLJET
Aug/11/2010

Than on to MLJET 28.6n.m. At first the wind was on the nose, so we motored, and than, since we were in no hurry, and probably the only chance to sail for them, we tacked and gently sailed all the way up the water way. 4.5 knots in 10.5 winds. Flat warm seas, sunshine. We lunched on a plate, beautiful arranged by Mercedes and Adriana of Jamon Serrano, and toasted bread rubbed with tomato and drizzled with o.o. & s.& p. Delicious.

Anchored amongst lots of other boats, in Natioal Park. Paid a fee for using anchorage, park entrance and boat to mostly shut, monastery. Lots of people, enjoying the waters of the inner lake. It was nice to get back our own private swimming whole by our boat.

By now swimming 2-5 times a day.

-Little boats in the inner lake-

Jakljan
Warm sunny, seas 25
Aug/10/2010

We picked them up the next day from Luka Gruz pier, just by the fuel station. Mercedes had befriended the gentleman who rented out the scooters, one had failed on them twice, and he turned out to be a very lovely man, extremely apologetic and feeling 'indebted' to them. Offered us more tips of places to visit, he himself was a skipper to vessels.

First night was at JAKLJAN, 26n.m. North. No wind motored all the way. . Isolated un-spoilt anchorage, really nice. Only one other large super sail yacht.

-The outer walls of Dubrovnik, and the stone beaches

Dubrovnic
Aug/08/2010, Anchored in Cavtat

for those who know the city, it is a treat to see. I have heard so much about the city, my mother was born there. We had a day wondering around the top of an ancient stone wall, the high light of the city, taking in all the amazing views, watching in particular all the daring divers, plunge into the aqua waters. Would be nice to visit out of season, for the hordes were everywhere.

We celebrated James's birthday with a delicious feed of little shrimp, locally caught, some of the best seafood we have had.

Mercedes, Joao and Adriana , come to see us on hired scooters out at Cavtat. It was really lovely to see her again, my friend of ~30 years. And was as always, her cheerful lovely self.

Cavtat, Croatia
Aug/04/2010

Our entrance into Croatia began with the very pleasant, neat little holiday town of Cavtat, some 6n.m. S of Dubrovnik. We had read that Cavtat was an easy port of entrance and so it was. The police & H.M. both spoke sufficient Eng. & easily and efficiently filled out any necessary documents. There office had a view of the classic palm lined grass groomed street promenade over looking the quaint harbor, where progressively more and more super yachts seam to have discovered this little haven.

Once checked in we chose not to take the 50 Euro fee to moor on the quay and rounded the hill peninsula to the other side of the bay. A great location, with an easy and very enjoyable bus ride into Dubrovnik.

3 times though the winds picked up at about 23:00 for an hour, and we or other super sail yachts dragged anchor and we were all on alert, for to see a beautiful yacht rapidly side approaching you, is not a good thing!!

The sea strangely became extremely cold as the days progressed, down to 18.6!

We also got our dinhy Honda motor submerged into water, as our dinghy was hauled partially out of the water, and tied to a tree, an unhappy ferry driver, having a bad day....

Sail to Croatia
Aug/03/2010

A great 26 hour sail, almost straight North, with winds between B 4-6 usually in the right direction. On my watch I was entertained with huge bolts of lightening in the distance ahead. I was reassured by J that the storm was miles away and we would never be in its path!

Brindisi, IT
Jul/30/2010

We pushed on up to Brindisi 47n.m. with a nice southerly wind B4-6. Tried to anchor just N of the city, but were promptly informed by a coast guard boat, that it was not permitted. Easily got a free mooring on the public quay. Worked out really well for a strong wind & messy seas had developed, and since our next move was across the Adriatic, we needed some calmer seas!

Another ancient city larger than Otranto. We enjoyed our 4 day stay in Brindisi, the daily milling of families, friends along the quay at sundown, before dinner with gelatos in hand. A grand Ave. with palms, flanked by once stately homes, now apartments & ground floor boutiques. A very well presented museum with, with wonderful ancient relics, like the remains of this large bronze figure.

Also met Andrez, & family, from Slovenia. Shared Ouzo, they had just sailed back from Greece, with us whilst giving us some helpful tips along the Dalmatian Coast.

Lecce IT
Jul/29/2010

Took a nice bus ride to Lecce. Coffee with a biscuit, turned out to be three sinful biscuits with a chocolate sauce, a nice mid morning dessert! Plenty of lavishly decorated churches and buildings using the local limestone. A wonder through the streets, and main cathedral, than back on the bus to Otranto. Happy to be back at Otranto that evening. Nice dinner at a corner unpretentious little restaurant.

Otranto, IT
Jul/28/2010

Here we were instructed to check in, our first time in Italy. Otranto proved to be a great port of entry, nice young officers, with broken English, and after lots of forms hand filled and carefully rubber stamped, we were good to go!

We tied to the public quay (51 E.) right in front of the Capitaneria del Porto.
OTRANTO is small medieval town, well preserved after centuries of conflicting tribes and cultures. Lovely polished stone narrow roads, most only for pedestrians, takes you through the city. A sense of old world charm prevailed.

The morning walk, to see the elderly citizens wading in the shallow waters of the clean harbor, in stoned protected areas, clearly on a daily routine.

On our second morning we witnessed the heavily escorted arrival of a 45' sail vessel loaded with 50, mainly women and children, from Tunisia. For 3 hours our neighboring coast guard jetty was swamped with troops, generals, vans vessels and helicopters. We thought we were getting a visit from the President!!

Another reminder of how fortunate we are to be where we are at, and not in a situation like the refugees!


Sail to Otranto
Jul/27/2010

Midday next day we headed off for the ~115n.m. sail to Otranto. Predominantly a great sail, with a bonus of full moon. James caught his first fish!! As far as the bottom step! A nice looking tuna.... ☹ Just under 24 hours, we arrived at mid day, and took a line at the public quay in front of the customs office.

Capo Rizzoli IT
Jul/26/2010

Desperate for some fruit, we dinghied in and walked the sleepy hamlet to a small super market. We noticed that most homes were only partially finished constructions, yet lived in. As if the money ran out, and as long as a few rooms could be made sound, that was good enough. Nice friendly, sleepy feel to the place. Isolation. One is after all at the 'sole' of the boot of Italy.

Bova Marina IT
Jul/25/2010

We left Taormina with intention of traveling through the night to Capo Rizzuto, but seeing that we were in no real hurry, anchored outside the beach resort of Bova Marina. We were alone in this endeavor, but holding was good, and early next day sailed the rough ride to Capo Rizzoli

Taormina, Sicily IT
Jul/24/2010

Taormina is well worth the visit with its easy anchorage. The well preserved stately homes and grand hotels perched on the cliff face, the beautiful stone pavers, and grand balconies. And yes, a few very nice shops.

Also a good base for the airport of C as we experienced when driving Felicity to the airport, though we would recommend that you leave an extra half hour to your journey in case you miss the turnings as we did in several occasions, can one say the road markings are not Sicilians forte?

Taormina, Sicilly
Jul/23/2010

We headed for Taormina, passing through the Messina Strait with calm seas & no winds. One instantly felt the force of the current, even in these conditions. We were impressed by the large mountainous landscape of Southern Italy, & an impressive road contouring the sides via bridges and tunnels, as only the Italians can do.

Night fell as we passed Messina, and it was before mid night that we arrived to Taormina, and we got ready for our first venture at anchoring at night. But George, from 'Yacht Hotel' talked us into taking up a mooring. Was it his fluent English kindly giving us tips as to how to get Felicity safely to the airport at Ciababina that made us feel obliged.? Well George has now taken over an area under the Northern cliff face with 20 moorings, and charges far too much for his offerings. The next day we dropped out mooring and anchored along with other boats, in the large bay.

A strong NW made us stay in Taormina before making our way around the 'Boot'. Not a bad place to be hunkered down. On our first day we beached the dingy on Lido Puerto Rico, a stony beach and rather than wait for the bus, proceed to walk up the hill! It was around 17:00 and about 34. Not a good idea! We were totally soaked and flushed by the time we got to the top. Mercifully we cooled our wrist with the fresh water at the entrance to the gardens. ( as we descended with our rental car later that evening, and descended and descended, we realized just how much we had climbed!)

Lipari, Aeolian Islands
Jul/22/2010

We took in a good viewing of Salinas I was straining to see the crops of capers, and carried on around to Lipari. We were hoping to try anchoring, even though we knew the waters were deep, but we were lured into taking a berth in one of the various floating finger pontoons. Which was just as well, seeing that a bit of a wind picked up through the night. We were amazed at the amount of fruit and produce that was available from little shops to carts, selling succulent summer stone fruit. Our visit to the Aeolian Islands was fleeting, but the beauty of the dramatic volcanic Islands, with vegetation adamant on making its presence, along with clusters of communities wherever viable was unique. On our exit we stopped alongside deep Vulcano for a dip in the warm deep waters.

Sail across to Sicily
Jul/21/2010

A good start to the ~260nm sail, with positive winds, but within a couple of hours it was on with the motors, and a combination of both through out the rest of the journey. At one point through the crossing the sea became a mirage. So flat, not a drop of wind. What a difference to do a night sail in the middle of summer, the extra hours of day light, the warm air, the calmer seas!

Villasimious, Sardinia IT
Jul/17/2010

A quick gentle sail to Villasimius, our final stop in Sardinia. We anchored in probably the most pristine water we have and will ever see! Fine white sandy bottom, through out the whole bay. 10mts. deep and you could see the ripples in the sand below.
We spent 3 days here, said good bye to Bailey, and with Felicity, at mid day on the 19th. headed East to Lavezzii, Sicily.


Cagliari, Sardinia IT
Jul/16/2010

After a few nights at Carlo Forte and a night at Malfatano, we arrived at Cagliari, where we fueled up in the tiny marina Picola di Pieta. Unknown to us, a large beer festival took place that night, with hordes of people descending upon Poeta beach. We were happy to have chosen to stay in the marina, a little quieter than the bay, and HC was some what a novelty to the onlookers. For once we were the big fish in the pond!
Amazingly, the next morning as we ran the coast before 8, the beaches were spotless, cleared from the nights festivities, and families were arriving staking out their place on the beach.

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