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SAILING DIARY- Day before our sailing trip

We have started to pack ourselves already 2 days before our sailing trip. As every year I am in sort of panic that I will forget to take with me something important! I have packed tons of bikinis, shorts, shirts, flip flops and also one pair of Gaastra sailing shoes, just in case of bad weather- although outside is 30 + degrees for last couple of days. Grabbed some light sweater and leggings, and packed SPF 50, 30, 10, 6 and no factor :) Kids have packed their bags by them selves (soft bags only)- of course I have had to remind them to pack enough underwear- otherwise they would have forget something for sure. Me and my friend went to shopping mall to buy cheese, prosciutto and similar, and heavy things as water, milk and other we have ordered in advance to be delivered on our boat (provisioning service). Yacht provisioning service is great stuff- for some small fee usually 20-60 EUR charter company delivers previously ordered food on your yacht, and everything waits for you already stored in your boat lockers and refrigerator. I always use this service for ordering heavier things as water, milk, beer, and it...

SAILING DIARY- Day 2 Sunday - change of our route

In our original sailing trip plans we have planned to sail directly to Lastovo island, bay Skirvena Luka (40 nautical miles) in our 2nd day, since we really like this beautiful island. Lastovo island is quite far away from other islands, and most of the sailors are including Lastovo only in 2 week route when starting from central Dalmatia- Split region. As every sailor knows, when sailing, you are never able to plan exact route- you always need to consult the weather forecast, and to check dynamic wind charts - best for Croatia on www.meteo.hr. During morning wind was only getting stronger, and sea was even in our bay very rough, we decided to stay longer in Pribinje bay, and to have another lunch here - food was so delicious!There were several boats next to us, including 2 big sailing catamarans, once motor yacht and mostly sailing yachts, but most of them decided to move somewhere in the morning, despite of the weather conditions, and in the meantime 2 very noisy crews with terribly loud music arrived with large Lagoon catamarans. During our early lunch (13.00h) we decided to move further in beautiful bay Dubovica - south side of the...

SAILING DIARY- Day 3 Monday- heading to Lastovo finally

Day 3 - Monday- woke up so happy since weather forecast was finally better! We had a coffee in Milna- just next to the sea - tables and chairs are like one meter from the sea. After some small shopping (captain forgot to take razors after visiting shops and online shopping) and getting things from the bakery, we sailed directly to Lastovo island- to the bay of the Skrivena Luka. I’ve made again booking for jetty this time, via MySea app, to make sure we can come later in afternoon without worries for the mooring spot. This time we would like to moor our sailing yacht for the pier, so dogs can go outside by themselves, not barking from dinghy as last few days/ when they want to go out. Skrivena Luka is beautiful and offers great shelter for almost all winds- but finally, now it was already almost calm. On our way to Skrivena Luka, Lastovo, we had some wind for light sailing and Oceanis 48 sails very nice. Our sailing yacht was bit slower because of towing big dinghy, but usually it sails very nice. In Skrivena Luka we already had lunch last year, and came back to...

SAILING DIARY- Day 4 Tuesday- sailing to Island Mljet, Pomena bay

In the morning we woke up, and went for a coffee in Restaurant Porto Rosso. We have collected the fresh bread which we actually order last evening - it is a great service offered to sailors from the restaurant. Our rent-a- car was still with us, so we decided to visit Hum, which is tallest spot on Lastovo (more than 400 meter height) and viewpoint on the Lastovo island. After driving in very narrow and curvy road we reached Hum, and it was so worth it! The view from Hum to rest of the Lastovo, Skrivena Luka and Pasadur is simply breathtaking! We did some great photos- even with reduced visibility.Local people told us that when visibility is better you can see Italy from this spot. We have visited another view point from which you can see Zaklopatica bay, and returned back to the bay of Skrivena Luka after short road trip.Guy from the car rental company collected the car around 11.30 and after short swimming we decided to sail to Mljet island. I have found via application contacts of konoba Herc and called them to reserve a mooring for our Oceanis 48 sailing yacht. We have been in Mljet...

SAILING DIARY- DAY 6- Thursday sailing to Vinogradišće bay

After a quick morning swimming and a coffee, we decided to move away from the wasps and bees, which were flying around the cockpit and making stress to my younger son.So we set our sails heading to Vinogradišće bay, Pakleni islands near Hvar.My friend wanted to go in Vinogradišće since we like to lounge in Laganini lounge bar, or to have lunch at Zori - one of the nicest restaurants in the area- or to eat something in Toto’s.Vinogradišće bay is beautiful, with turquoise blue water- but every year more and more crowded. During our trip to Vinogradišće it was not much wind, so we were more motoring than sailing. We have arrived to our destination in the afternoon.Before arriving to Vinogradišće, I have called guy for buoy reservation. When approaching to bay, we were so disappointed - it is simply overcrowded after they have installed boys here. If my friend who desperately wanted to go here was not with us, we would for sure turn back and continue to next bay in Pakleni islands, which is for sure less crowded. And in addition we paid for a buoy almost 500 HRK for Oceanis 48, and it is a way...

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