SUNSAIL TRIP LOG TO CROATIA 2011
DATES: 14/8/2011 TO 27/8/11
DEPARTING/RETURNING TO : KREMIK MARINA
YACHT: SUNSAIL JEANNEAU 36I SAILING YACHT
Our yacht “ NEVE” = “Irish sea Godess”
Departed from Larnaca to Vienna. Stayed in Eurohotel in Vienna. Hotel ok not too great but room was good. Had dinner at pizza restaurant in town.
Departed from Vienna to Split in Croatia by Austrian airlines. Took taxi from airport to Kremik marina to Sunsail base. Checked in and our yacht was “NEVE” Jeanneau 36i with 3 cabins. Very roomy for 2 people.
Had lunch at marina restaurant.
After food shopping we departed for Rogoznica 5nm away. Used jib and engine and berthed ( after 2 attempts due to side wind!) at town quay, opposite a restaurant “Antonius”. Slept and then walked around towards marina Frappa. Very large marina !!!
Had dinner at Antonius , good fish very popular and good service. Very hot and humid!
In the evening during dinner we were entertained by an open air live operatic concert sung by Croatia’s top tenor!
Evening stroll at Rogoznica
Our yacht next to a superyacht!! In Rogoznica
Our home for 2 weeks!
Departed from Rogoznica at midday and headed for MARINA (Marina Agana). No wind at all had to use engine a jib. The main sail jammed and had to be pulled down by hand! There were many sailing and motor yachts it was a job trying to avoid a collision (bit like Cyprus…?).
The last 3 nm we had wind F5-6 and managed to berth stern to first go as it was easier with the wind from the stern( unlike Rogoznica!!)
Slept and then walked around and had dinner at “Marina” restaurant in town by the sea. Had very good fish mix (meze style!).
Dina “1st mate-co-captain” on way to Rogoznica
View of Trogir with Split at the back
Departed from Marina and arrived at Trogir ACI marina. Very calm sea no wind again. We found a very shallow depth of only 2.5 m just N of a rock in the miidle of the bay! It was a bit un-nerving at the time… berthed at the marina again easily as wind was from stern again. After some sleep we wailked around town to find a clinic to have a blood test as part of my ongoing checks.
Did some shopping and had dinner at TRAGOS traditional stoned restaurant very good price.
We walked along sea front a saw a beautiful super yacht all lit up by LED lights etc. The sea front was rather smelly (sewers?).
My next motor yacht !!! in Trogir
Left TROGIR for Maslinica no wind again, could not find a berth at the port as a flotilla was expected. We were rather annoyed! So we sailed round the corner to a large bay called “Sesula” bay. We picked up a mooring buoy Dina picked it up 1st go and was her 1st buoy! The local restaurant owner helped tie up the stern to some rocks . It was a quiet bay and we were pleased. But this soon changed as many yachts started arriving and before long there were more than a 100 yachts packed in this bay. We made it just in time. Yachts were arriving up to 10 pm and leaving as there was no room at all.
A large charter boat about 100 feet long came full of young tourist playing very loud music non stop from about 4 pm until 8 pm. Everyone complaint but no response until 8pm when they decided to stop the music. We ate at the local restaurant (only one there) and slept well that night.
At Sesula bay: us in foreground and 100’s of yachts in the background!
Some of the yachts at Sesula bay, more round the corner too!
Left Sesula for Milna on Brac island. Berthed ok at the marina and walked around and had lunch at restaurant behind sea front. Very good food and was busier than what we expected. Nothing else special in Milna except it smelt , like Trogir did.
Dina “on lookout” ….but the wrong way! In Sesula bay
Left Milna for HVAR and Palmizana marina. Berthed at Palmizana marina on St Klement island. Nice small tidy marina surrounded by trees and small hills. Very green all round. Walked over a small hill to the next bay and found few restaurants and a lovely bay full of yachts! Ate at TOTOs meal ok but not special. Had very good sea view and of the bay too. Service was slow so no tip left ! Not recommended.
Palmizana bay and TOTOS restaurant
Took water taxi with a group of new Zealanders we met to Hvar town on the main island Hvar. It was difficult to find a water taxi. We agreed with the taxi man to pick us up at 4 pm to takes back to the marina across the sea. We looked around had good lunch. We waited and waited and waited but no sign of the water taxi man . We were all now getting angry and concerned as to how to get back. Eventually the new Zealanders “charted” another water taxi (as no one was willing to take us back…) and we got back ok. Lesson: don’t depend on a local friendly taxi man unless its an organised taxi service.
Us at Hvar town.
On way back to our yacht from Hvar town
Sailed to Vis island and berthed on the public quay. Walked around and had dinner at a very nice restaurant some walk from the boat. It had a lovely garden surrounded by trees and other exotic plants.
Dinner at VIS island restaurant
Arrived at Maslinica on Solta island. Had dinner at traditional restaurant, food was ok! Small village with good berths but with rather snobbish people. Not recommended for more than a day!
Left Maslinica for island Veli, had a very small harbour and berthing side ways was difficult and was very small place, so we departed very pronto! We headed for marina Agana again berthed ok and had dinner at same restaurant “marina” as before at the same table and had same food too! Became friendly with waitress and gave a small present in cash. She was very happy and refused to accept it but we persuaded her to accept. Her name was Anita.
Left Agana marina for Rogoznica, 16nm and 3 hours later we arrived. Sea was calm ,no wind at all. Berthed at the same place and had dinner(red snapper) at Antonius again at the same table too! These keep happening…..As it was getting dark a super yacht arrived in total darkness and the last minute it switched on all lights and wow! It was like a floating palace. It was called “O’ KHALILA” It was gols /bronze colour.
Superyacht O’KHALILA next to us!! At Rogoznica
Arrived at Primosten , very cosmopolitan town, small harbour and rather shallow. We only had about 30 cm clearance below keel. It was a bit worrying!
Liked the town and we walked to the top of the hill where there was a church (as always) and had a spectacular view of the area. There were 2 restaurants on the the hill. We then walked down and found a street market. Had dinner at Maestral restaurant on the terrace then walked further down and saw a local dance performance. It was a nice evening all together.
Approach to Primosten
View of Primosten town and harbour from top of hill
Dinner at Primosten on terrace
Woke up early only to find that the tide had dropped further and now we had zero cm clearance bellow keel!! Or perhaps few cm only. However today we had very strong winds from early morning some F5-F6 which was going to be “fun” getting out of the tight berth. We were boxed in by a yacht on the left and a mini superyacht on the right. The wind was on the right side which was pushing us against the sailing yacht on the our left. After some clever arrangement with the ropes we managed to get out ok.
We had a very rough passage to kremik our base with this strong wind. We berthed ok and had a rest. We suddenly saw fire engines and planes flying over the marina as there was a forest fire just outside the marina. Very dangerous with all that wind. We had dinner at the marina restaurant which costed 200k for 3 drinks and 2 pasta dishes.
Good morning whats the time?
Fire at Kremik marina on our last day!
This was the end of our sailing in Croatia , we liked it very much and would love to come back again. Every port/marina was well set up for handling yachts and all had lazy lines which meant no anchor required to berth.
Warning: transport to/from marina Kremik is difficult and should be arranged before.
16TH MARINA AGANA
17TH TROGIR ACI MARINA
18TH MASLINICA AND SESULA BAY
19TH MILNA ON BRAC
24TH VELI- MARINA AGANA
TH SPLIT ( start of 5 days sightseeing).