Trip on Pina Colada starting 2019-07-20 in BSAAug19
Trip in Croatia, from Biograd, July 20 – 27 – report by Bernard Smyth
Boat: Bavaria 47C ‘Pina Colada’.
The charter was organised through Latesail but their contractors in Biograd had merged and didn’t seem to talk to each other. We had a request from one firm we’d never heard of for crew details which had been supplied to Latesail. The yacht was in fairly good order.
Flights were disrupted in both directions due to aircraft problems, an emergency landing at GAtwickby another plane, and storms over Croatia on the way home.
We sailed from Biograd on the first day to U Landin on Pasman for GnTs and dinner. Next day we sailed north-westerly, topping 7 knots, to Deli on Iz Island. We later tacked to Molat and decided to change our plan and make that our furthest point from the base. With a strong crosswind and some confusing instructions from the shore, we had problems mooting on lazy lines.
Next day we motor-sailed southeast towards the base, stopping in a nice bay for a swim and lunch. We stayed overnight at Sali on Dugi Island, moored stern-to. We then went down the Lavdarski Kanal south of Dugi to the national park through a narrow channel north of Kornat Island. We were charged 500 Kuna (£62) to stay in the park for 24 hours. Not cheap!
We sailed out into the Adriatic to have look at some high rock cliffs, then returned to a buoy for dinner on board, as anchoring is forbidden in the park. Next day we had an early start back towards the base down the Zutski Canal with some sailing and some motoring. After lunch ina bay at anchor in Bela Kotula we goose-winged back towards the base only to have the hassle of queuing in a disorganised fashion to refuel.