|Chart of the waters around the coastal town of Korcula|
My blog has tacked numerous times over the past 5 years. And this time will be another interesting variation as we depart for Italy and take up residence a half hour from the Adriatic. That's closer than my current mooring on the lake! Regrettably, it is not cost efficient to ship the Alberg, nor is it feasible for non-blue water sailors to up and thinkin of making a trans-Atlantic jaunt who have never done so before. Estimates just for setting up such a vessel would cost as much as our boat. And, we could not be assured she is so seaworthy as to be ready for those conditions!
So, working a plan, I have two very able sailors at my sailing club who are going to provide Nautica with an active sailing schedule as she stays in fresh water and continues her extended life. She will get my attention from afar and my plan is to return periodically and spend perhaps a month at a time, polishing, varnishing, tinkering and sailing her throughout our period abroad.
In addition to this new tack, there are numerous Adriatic venues for sailing and many boats to explore around this area of the Mediterranean Sea. It's a splendid place to sail in good weather!
|First Mate at the defensive sea wall of the port in Dubrovnik|
|Port of Dubrovnik 2009|
We got a slight taste of the Bora wind while there as well both in a terribly difficult slip entry in Korcula harbor where fishing our Beneteau 473 stern-to was made impossible without the assistance of a crew member holding a mooring line to our bow from an adjacent vessel so as to keep our bow from falling off downwind on the turn in reverse to secure the stern. The winds had the increased velocity of blowing through the saddle of land that connects the city to the main part of the island.
Everywhere you look on the high point of the city of Korcula, you will also look out and see the Adriatic's blue surrounding you. The winds can be brisk as our docking adventure cautioned us. We were happy with the provisions we found in the city and the streetside fare as well. Heading south about 35 miles by the crow's flight, is the idyllic Sipanski, Luca. A shallow harbor with a older "grand in its day" hotel and fishing boats moored about is a perfect harbor where you can dinghy to the shore and find numerous family run restaurants with distinctive fare. The fishing boat photos were typical of what was found around the harbor.
Sipanski Luca was delightfully peaceful. Guarded from the winds and waves, this was an easy night aboard.
|The view north from the beach in Sipanski Luca showing the protected environment on east and west. Apart from a direct North wind, this was the perfect mooring.|
|First Mate doing her Titanic impression on the way to Marco Polo's birthplace|
But before we take off we have a renaming ceremony to take place for s/v Nautica and that comes next.