Since the start of the season in Croatia the heat had been intense with every weather report promising a change that never appeared! The change did arrive upon entering charming Sipan with the clouds becoming pretty ominous just before dinner. By the time we sat down at wonderful Kod Marka restaurant, the lightening had started and when drinks arrived so did the torrential downpour sending us all scurrying for cover from the bucket loads of water coming down from the darkened sky. After dinner the girls of the flotilla decided to have a girls night only cocktail evening - taking the dinghy back to the yacht in 25mph gusts of wind proved challenging but hilarious for those watching on shore and from the yachts! The Bora winds definitely kept us on our toes all night and the rain the next day gave us our first wet weather sailing day of the season. Arriving in Korcula the rain stopped and the sun smiled down on us once again giving the crews the chance to enjoy a wonderful evening people watching, exploring and shopping Korcula’s beautiful back streets.
With a change of crew aboard Rhapsody, we left Split to rendezvous with our flotilla yachts in the turquoise waters of Primosten. With a marked change in the weather we enjoyed a fantastic first day sail up to the Krka River, with the new Rhapsody crew from Australia, USA and Canada practicing their tacking skills every 5 mins up the river. The heavy winds arrived that evening and kept us in Skradin for two nights, a harsh contrast to the lack of wind on our last trip! While getting ready to leave Skradin for the Kornati islands, the Australian crew aboard Marijana reported over the VHF…”we have a stowaway on board” It transpired that the stowaway was a very scared tabby cat. Crusoe, as he’d been newly named had been hiding out on Marijana since Split and had taken a few days to appear. Unable to catch Crusoe to take him for a dinghy ride to shore, Crusoe decided that the safest place to hide was behind the stove. Bites of tuna and ham didn’t tempt him out from behind the stove, but a bit of peace and quiet in Vrulje did and upon our return from dinner at Robinson’s restaurant Crusoe had left Marijana to start a new life in the Kornati islands.
Leaving the island of Mljet we headed to ACI Marina Dubrovnik, the marina has a swimming pool, fantastic showers and Old Dubrovnik is only a short bus ride away. The wind by this point had pretty much vanished and with everyone feeling the intense heat a dip in the pool was a real delight. The next day, the crews took in the sites of Dubrovnik’s old town and the incredible view that a 2-hour walk around the walled city offers – since the war in the 1990’s, Dubrovnik has been in a constant state of repair and reminders of it’s recent turbulent history are evident making it a thought provoking excursion. Leaving Dubrovnik…Canadian Doctor Mitch now with the Stoll’s aboard Arkina for the day (Mitch we do like the fact you offer a ‘drop in’ surgery aboard all of the yachts!) we motored to Sipan. Little wind made it impossible to even get the flags to move on the shrouds so unfortunately there was no sailing but that evening we had a real treat at Konoba Kod Marka restaurant. Course after course of smoked tuna salad, octopus cakes and amber jack for those ordering fish - with the view of the yachts from the restaurant it made for a perfect evening. Approaching the end of this trip, we stopped in Korcula and Stari Grad, Hvar where we enjoyed a relaxing two nights in preparation for our return to Split. Covering over 400 miles and seeing the best of Croatia, we were thrilled we had such a great group of people with us on this very hot, light wind trip of 2012. It's been a real pleasure getting to know the crew aboard Anambra and all aboard Rhapsody from Canada and USA – Paul, Ella, Helen and Mitch thank you for all your help in the galley. Howard and crew board Maya and family Stoll aboard Arkina, it has been a true delight having so many fun 'Aussies' with us. Una we are thrilled you can now swim!!
Arriving in a hot and humid Split mid afternoon we were greeted by crews from Australia, Canada and the States. We were delighted to welcome back family Stoll from Australia and the Caffrey’s from Florida for their second trips with Poseidon. This first Croatian departure of 2012 had Rhapsody as the lead yacht and Arkina, Maya I and Anambra on flotilla with us so a great fun group of 23 people. The trip started with the first swim stop in the turquoise waters at Primosten and an incredible evening under the stars in fresh water at Skradin. Greeted by family of swans, we took a mooring buoy, tied to a tree on shore and cracked open the first bottle of champagne to celebrate Canada Day. Three days later we celebrated with more champagne for the 4 July Independence Day celebrations! It was a perfect start to the Croatian sailing season with crews having fun getting to know each other and swapping stories. Croatia was proving to be a big hit with everyone loving the first few stunning anchorages at quiet Vrulje, charming Vis, chique Hvar and enchanting Lastovo.