Bill acquired this captains hat today which reminded me of our time in Croatia where Bill was indeed a captain on a vessel in Croatia. It was his brother's Bavaria we delivered from Krk, Croatia to Messalonghi in Greece via Italy. Peter and Ann joined us as crew. I remember the pale blues and sometimes stark islands we anchored next to.
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Croatia to Greece: goodbyes and preparation
05 August 2013 | Punat Marina, Krk, Croatia
It is just as hot here as in Greece and impossible to do anything between 11-6 without copious amounts of sweat, drinking water constantly and feeling frazzled. It's now 6.30pm and Bill and Peter have taken the dinghy outboard to a shady tree to pull it apart to try and make it go. Peter has just got back and has reported that the carburetor is full of salt due to being exposed and not used for a while. He is grabbing cleaning tools to hopefully rectify this problem. The fuel line and tank has water in it. A good challenge for these two who have known each other since they were in Boy Scouts. Hopefully we can hear the happy sound of vroom sooner rather than later. I don't want to leave Punat until we have an operational dinghy. Earlier before the problems were diagnosed, we thought new fuel would be good. Peter raced off with a petrol can and managed to hitch a ride into Krk in an air conditioned Audi belonging to a yacht owner and his family and dog. They kindly drove him back as well. It's great having enthusiastic crew!
This morning after John and Bill visited the harbour masters office to get the official paper work done, the rest of the family came to say goodbye. It's been a wonderful 5 days catching up and hanging out together.
John will meet us in Greece to take his boat to Bulgaria in September. Hopefully we will be on our way to an anchorage where we can swim to cool off in the next day or so.
10 August , PAG, Croatia
Our first experience of a Bora wind (strong NE) began with this big cloud. This morning at 5am it started. Average winds 20 knots for the morning with highest gusts recorded at 36 knots. The anchor held well and no other yachts here so we could let out plenty of chain. A day on board Johns yacht researching anchorages in Croatia and waiting it out.