Trilogy: a sailing saga in three parts

16 June 2016 | Antigua
15 June 2016 | Antigua
14 June 2016 | Catamaran Bay, Antigua
10 June 2016 | Antigua
09 June 2016 | Barbuda, island
08 June 2016 | Ffreys Bay, Antigua
06 June 2016 | Gustavia, Antigua
03 June 2016 | St Barths
02 June 2016 | Grand Case Beach
01 June 2016 | Ile de Tintamarre
29 May 2016 | Marigot, St Martin
27 May 2016 | Marigot, St Martin
25 May 2016 | Christiansted
22 May 2016 | St Croix Island
22 May 2016 | Isla de Vieques
20 May 2016 | Spanish Virgin Islands
20 May 2016 | St Thomas island
17 May 2016 | Maho Bay, St John

ACROSS THE ADRIATIC

23 May 2013
Rick Scott-Murphy
After clearing out of the Eurozone at Brindisi we set off for the 137nm crossing of the Adriatic at 1600 in 20kn southerly winds for our overnight sail to Dubrovnik. It was a wild sleigh ride in sloppy seas as we encountered a 2kn south setting current along the eastern coast of Italy.
When Trilogy overtook a coastal freighter heading in the same direction we decided to reef the mainsail and partly furl the genoa to slow our progress and to ensure that we arrived in Dubrovnik after sunrise. We averaged almost 9kn for the passage which was remarkable considering the current that opposed us for about half the time.
The entry into Gruz (the port at Dubrovnik) was spectacular as we slotted in between a sister ship to the infamous Costa Concordia and a Club Med 'sailing liner' under directions from the port authority.
I was a tad apprehensive about clearing Trilogy into Croatia but the Customs Officials and Port Police were very efficient and welcoming and we received our crew list 'Vignette', a registration sticker for Trilogy and stamped passports for each crew member before sailing about 2nm upstream in the Ombla River to the very well appointed ACI Marina.
The river flows out of the side of the mountain range only 1nm further upstream and it was heavily guarded as it had been extensively attacked during the civil war being the main water supply for Dubrovnik.
We couldn't wait to see the medieval walled city and after a 20 minute bus ride we walked through the walls into this amazing World Heritage listed city of about 40,000 people which rivals Venice as a tourist destination.
Dubrovnik is believed to have been founded in about the sixth century AD as the remains of a basilica from that era were discovered under the present day cathedral. During the crusades, from 1205 to 1358, it was ruled by the Venetians before becoming a republic right up to 1808 when Napoleon's army marched in.
The walk along the top of the wall takes about 2 hours and provides spectacular views of this spectacular medieval masterpiece although there is some evidence of the careful reconstruction that followed the significant damage inflicted by the Serb- Montenegrin forces during the bloody civil war between 1991 and 1995.
And it was time to sadly farewell our delightful guests. After a lovely meal overlooking the old harbour Sam and Fiona headed off to Istanbul. We then farewelled Jean to the sounds of a great jazz trio during another dinner in this fabulous city.
Early the next morning we met the ferry from Bari bringing my son Adrian, his wife Karlee and two grandsons, Owen and Simon, who will be with Susan and me for the next phase of our Adriatic sojourn - affectionately (or aptly?) named KAOS.
Rick Scott-Murphy
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Vessel Name: Trilogy
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 54
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Rick Scott-Murphy; Susan Alexander; Garth & Ros Brice and John & Myra Rowling
About: The crew all live in Canberra, Australia and have raced and cruised together for a number of years in the Canberra Ocean Racing Club.
Extra: The crew intend to cruise Trilogy through the Med for three or four seasons before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Following a season in the Caribbean the intention is to cruise slowly to Australia across the South Pacific.
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