Well, we spent two wonderful weeks exploring the islands off Croatia's Dalmatian coast. We were immersed in a world of natural beauty, cultural antiquities, culinary delights, and genuine friendship. We got our fix for exploring at sea -- going to 7 different islands, sailing in rough water, and anchoring in secluded coves. We even fixed … Continue reading Sail Croatia!
Written by Matt Rademacher The town of Komiza The southern cliffs of Vis are visually different from the forest covered islands we have previously visited. Steep cliffs with open sea caverns at their base. Not many trees just ground hugging bushes. One limestone cliff is so symmetrically shaped it appears human carved. Jim wonders if … Continue reading Vis
Written by Matt Rademacher Jim is excited. The winds have picked up. Now he can make Vana do what she was built for. Diana has made dinner reservations at an up scale fancy restaurant on the Island of Vis. We are going there. The west end of Korcula Island is barely visible on the distant … Continue reading Lastovo
Written by Matt Rademacher In the morning we get our boat papers back from the marina office, check our diesel motor oil, top off the inflatable dingy outboard motor fuel tank. We are a little cramped in the marina dock so Jim carefully plans a strategy to maneuver around neighboring boats. Jim motors Vana free … Continue reading Mljet
Written by Matt Rademacher Korcula Fortress On our way to Korcula we visit the Paklinski Islands. Recognized as one of the last pristine and undeveloped islands in the Mediterranean. The islands are very popular for swimming and snorkeling. The islands have many indented bay inlets that are ideal for sailboat anchoring. We find a cove … Continue reading Korcula
Jim thought it important to explain the difference between private cruising and local Dalmatian charter sailing. Private cruising is more self-reliant, being able to exist for long periods away from safe port. Dalmatian chartering is for going short distance between marinas where at night the boat is plugged into the Islands electrical grid, freshwater utilities. … Continue reading Hvar Island
Written by Matt Rademacher The first island offshore from Split is Brac. The island is long and narrow. It is made of the same limestone rock that towers over the mainland Dalmatian coast. Brac and the surrounding islands are a continuation of these tall Dalmatian mountains just with their valleys submerged into the sea. They … Continue reading The Island of Brac
Written by Matt Rademacher Jack had back trouble and was unable to go on the Croatian sailing trip. There was an open space so I came along. Jim, Tony, Jacque and I meet at the Tucson Airport ticket counter and excitedly discuss our trip. We board our plane and fly to Denver. Jet from Denver … Continue reading Croatia arrival
After a hiatus from sailing adventures and blogging, I'm back at it! My friends and I are chartering a sailboat out of Split, Croatia to explore the islands of the Adriatic Sea. -- On May 21, Tony, Jacque, Jack and I will step aboard Vana, a 39 ft Bavaria sloop, for two weeks of fun … Continue reading Next stop — Croatia!