08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
08 July 2013 | Montenegro
06 July 2013 | Corfu Greece
06 July 2013 | Montenegro
06 July 2013 | Croatia
29 June 2013 | Croatia
22 June 2013 | Croatia
18 June 2013 | The Sea
12 June 2013 | Greece
11 June 2013 | Greece
10 June 2013 | Greece
05 June 2013
28 July 2012 | Various - Elba
22 July 2012 | Sardinia
21 July 2012 | Corsica
20 July 2012 | Corsica

The passage to Croatia

18 June 2013 | The Sea
Our last night on Corfu was spend in a small bay on the north of the island called San Stefano Sinion. It was very picturesque and ashore we had an awesome dinner at the taverna “To Fagopotion”. Christos, the owner, is a real character. He remembered our names and used them after introductions. Instead of simply ordering off the menu, he asked what types of food we liked and he would do the rest. It was very good and also expensive. Not because of the individual prices but boy did Christos think we could eat a lot. It turned out ok because we had leftovers for the next day.

I woke early on June 13th, weighed anchor and started out for Croatia. It was a windless morning as we rounded the northern tip of Corfu and started along the coast of Albania. The territorial limits of countries boardering the Med is 12 nautical miles but I think if you stay far enough offshore you are allowed to make passage inside the limits. We ran about 8 miles out until 10:00am when the wind started to pick up.

If you look at a map of the Adriatic Sea you will notice that the bottom of it narrows between Italy and Albania. The wind and waves get funneled down the coasts and compress at this point. This day would bring fairly strong 25 knot winds and steep confused wave patterns. And of course, the wind came directly from the north, on the nose, always on the nose. Now, this really wasn’t of any problem for Palarran. She pounded right through it just happy to be in the water and free again. I didn’t mind it either because a little salt in my hair gives it better body. But the rest of the crew, well, they did mind it.

It started with Elaina coming up on deck looking green to the gills. “Dad, I think I’m going to get sick”. Luckily we have a few buckets handy for just such occasions. Next came Jeanne. She didn’t say a word to me, just giving me the “You’re a real #$%@! look. Nick tried to keep up appearances but finally admitted he didn’t feel so hot either. Great!, we only have 24 hours to go. Who’s taking the first watch? (and the second, third, forth, etc – take a guess).

It did abate around 9:00pm and Nick took a 4 hours dog watch. That was much appreciated because I was tired and hate the dog watch. By morning we were closing in on Montenegro but about 6 hours behind my anticipated arrival time. We did not sail during this passage except with our jib. The reason as I’ve pointed out in the past is that Palarran, because she is a catamaran, doesn’t point much better than 40 degrees off the wind. In order to sail this passage it would have taken us about 60% longer. When planning near shore semi close passages you should always take the best estimated speed divide by the distance to get hours, and back that up to arrive at your destination in the morning. This way if it’s longer you still have all day to get to a port. This worked well and we pulled into Cavtat, Croatia at 1:00pm, June 14th.
Vessel Name: Palarran
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56
Hailing Port: Portage, Michigan
Crew: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
About: We enjoy adventurous travel. We also love the water. These two combined have led us to embark on a sailing tour of the Mediterranean. 2015 will be our fourth season.
David is a small business owner who enjoys planning the family travel in his spare time. Jeanne manages the family and enjoys travel and tennis. Nick is learning how to run a business and cook by founding Nicks Gyros food trailer. Elaina is the joy of the family. Perfect in every way [...]
Palarran's Photos - Main
Joe, Matt, Adam, and Kerry enjoy the Med
No Photos
Created 24 June 2012
32 Photos
Created 3 June 2012
20 Photos
Created 21 May 2012
1 Photo
Created 7 May 2012
Photo's used in Posts
3 Photos
Created 19 April 2012
13 Photos
Created 13 February 2012

The Wanderers

Who: David, Jeanne, Nick, and Elaina Lambright
Port: Portage, Michigan

Sailing Route

Aldarion was the Heir to the King of Númenor. He was a great captain and adventurer, to the dismay of his father, who wished his son to spend his youth on the island he would one day rule. Aldarion, though, felt the call of the sea, and he built himself a vast ship, larger than any that had been seen at that time. He called it PALARRAN, an Elvish name meaning 'Far-Wanderer', and in it he journeyed the Great Sea to Middle-Earth. JRR Tolkien, The Silmarillion
Not All Who Wander Are Lost