More Croatian Islands

Salzburg, Austria   July 21st.

We are taking a holiday from Exotica, hired a car and headed to Germany and Austria for a dose of culture.  More about that in future posts.

Course of Exotica through the Croatian Islands.

Course of Exotica through the Croatian Islands.

The Croatian Islands between Dubrovnik and Split continue to provide the greatest pleasure.  We swapped crew at Korcula town and were joined by a regular Senta crew, Mark Prior and his wife Gayle Tollifson.  After a massive supermarket shop we returned to Uvala Luka bay on the tip of the Croatian mainland peninsular at Loviste, we picked up a mooring and had a wonderful meal at the restaurant ashore.

The evening was somewhat spoiled when the wind came roaring in at 2am and Terry, being a little uncertain about the security of the mooring we were on, spent the rest of the night in the cockpit on anchor watch.

The next morning we had a good breeze as we set off for the island of Hvar, however as is often the case, it came from dead astern and as the morning went on it decreased to a light puff, so the engine back on again.

Floating crew in idyllic water

Floating crew in idyllic water

 

In the early afternoon we entered the bay of Vinogradisce on the south of Pakleni Islands, it was very busy with many craft, swimming areas and restaurants but we found a good spot to anchor and enjoyed a peaceful afternoon and night, swimming frequently in the warm water.

 

We stayed in this bay for an extra day, moving Exotica to a position on the shore and taking 2 lines to trees on the beach.  This was the first time we had done this and was a useful learning experience, (which is code for –  we didn’t do it very well the first time.)

Shore lines in Vinogradisce Bay, Pakleni Islands

Shore lines in Vinogradisce Bay, Pakleni Islands

 

Hvar town and Pakleni Islands from the fortress

Hvar town and Pakleni Islands from the fortress

 

A water taxi to the picturesque town of Hvar, very popular with tourists, and climbed yet another hill to another mountain fort with a fine view.

 

 

 

Fish cannery along Milna's third "marina". Exotica sets the trend tying up to Emile's dock

Fish cannery along Milna’s third “marina”. Exotica sets the trend tying up to Emile’s dock

 

Two nights on the island of Brac.  One in Milna, a small port almost totally dedicated to yachts and the rather smelly fish cannery.

 

 

 

Charter boats line the shore in Milna

Charter boats line the shore in Milna

The lengths our crew will go to for the best photo of Milna

The lengths our crew will go to for the best photo of Milna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expensive cocktail in Milna

Expensive cocktail in Milna

Exotica's home for the night in Milna

Exotica’s home for the night in Milna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sundowner time in Milna

Sundowner time in Milna

Fore & aft mooring in Bobovisce, Brac

Fore & aft mooring in Bobovisce, Brac

 

Then to the small bay at Bobovisce where the mooring buoys are packed into the fingers of the bay, very well organised and the surroundings idyllic.

 

 

Gayle & Mark, cocktails on deck

Gayle & Mark, cocktails on deck

 

Sailing into Split

Sailing into Split

Finally, on this part of our travels to the mainland near Split where, at Marina Kastela, Gayle and Mark left us.  The marina is huge with supermarket, restaurants an efficient boatyard and only 20 minutes from Split airport. Six charter companies keep their boats here, but the facilities for overwintering on the hard seem excellent.  In consequence, we have decided to leave Exotica here this winter.

On Friday July 19th we left Exotica in the marina and set off north to Germany for our holidays!

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