07/06/2012, 42 47.41'N:17 22.52'E, Polace, Croatia
We slept in this morning and evidently needed it. We had a nice downwind sail to Polace on the island Mljet. We are still amazed at the number of very large pleasure yachts. We had an excellent dinner in the little town and the price was very reasonable. Monica had a large bowl of mussels and I had their grilled sea bass. The price and flaver were much better than what we had in Cavtat.
Sunset in CroatiaMike
07/05/2012, 42 44.94'N:17 48.33'E, Jakljan Island, Croatia
We had a relaxing day motoring to our first anchorage. We only went about 20nm to get here. Then we had lunch and spent the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, napping and reading. There are a lot of boats in the area, mostly sail but still quite many motor yachts. Even so we are enjoying this anchorage alone.
Arrival in CroatiaMike
07/04/2012, 42 34.86'N:18 12.89'E, Cavtat, Croatia
We arrived in Cavtat, Croatia this morning around 0615. This is the southernmost port of entry in Croatia so now all we need to do is discover the entire coastline. This small port town is well known for the mega yachts that call here. They were coming and going all day. It was quite entertaining to watch all the yachts tie up in their Mediterranean style mooring. This style of tying up is not like our marinas in the US. As the skipper is backing up to the quay he lowers the anchor to secure the bow. The stern is tied to the quay and the only things between the boats are the balloon type fenders.
Engine Trouble or Murphy's LawMike & Monica
07/02/2012, 40 28.87'N:18 29.72'E, Otranto Italy
Our raw water pump ate the impeller blades at around 8:30 Sunday night while about 6 miles off the Italian coast. I had stopped to check the oil when I discovered the problem. I had a spare impeller which I installed but the shaft seal was also leaking, and I didn¬'t have a spare. I also couldn¬'t get the engine started again to limp into a port.
One Day OutMike & Monica
06/30/2012, 38 21.50'N:17 00.95'E, South of Italy
We have been motoring all day. We stopped to swim in very deep blue water. We are sure the bottom was there somewhere but it is too far down for our instruments. This afternoon we were visited by a pod of at least 20 dolphins. They played in our bow wave, swam around us and made frequent leaps in the distance. They escorted us for at least a half and let us take their photos. Only another 280 nm to get to our port of entry. We should arrive Tuesday morning.
Arrived in MaltaMike & Monica
06/29/2012, 36 12.326'N:14 49.350'E, Malta
The boat was launched yesterday 6-28. We slept on board and left his morning around 0830. Making good time by motor-sailing. We actually shut down the engine for a few hours. Beautiful day without a cloud but warm in the sun.