|Wednesday 12 September
Enjoyed a passage from one island to another and even got a proper sail in – yippee (I haven’t done my stats yet but I know sailing time this season is going to be miserable).
Anchored in a lovely little cove on Otok Korcula, one of the fingers of Tri Otaki.
Thursday 13 September
In the morning moved to the other side of the channel and anchored off an island which provided shelter from the winds. Whilst waiting for the wind to subside and change direction Gen gave a go at fishing and within no time caught four fish, albeit small but edible. We are feeling encouraged.
Anchored in a very beautiful small bay, again taking line ashore. Very nice until we were asked to pay for anchoring – 100kn (discounted from 240kn) – not very happy as we were convinced this anchorage was free.
Friday 14 September
Moved a few miles down and anchored in a very pretty bay with great views of the mountains on the main land. On the way the autopilot starting playing up (or rather was slowly stopping working altogether) and manual steering was difficult.
Gen spent a couple of hours dismantling our autopilot pump and motor – since our “mishap” we have had a lot of problems – pump struggling and manual steering erratic. Not good when we have a very long passage ahead in a couple of weeks time. Anyways – this man is brilliant – after draining of mankey oil and cleaning everything thoroughly and re-mantling it we have a working autopilot and manual steering in good condition – YAY!!!! Needless to say he is one very happy man.
Saturday 15 September
Moved a couple of miles closer to Korcula and found a lovely anchorage opposite a monastery and park with wild deer. Took the dinghy to Korcula and wandered around the small town/village. Very picturesque – a little different to other towns. Lots of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Marco Polo was born there.
Sunday 16 September
Got a lovely sail in (for a change) and took up a restaurant mooring buoy in Uvala Saplunara, Otok Mljet. Visited the restaurant and had a wonderful meal, especially the goat peka (reminded us so much of Greece).
Monday 17 September
Headed off for Cavtat which will be as far south as we go in Croatia. On the way we went past Dubrovnik and what a wonderful sight that was.
Anchored in the west bay of Cavtat, went ashore and explored the very cute village (which is mostly made up of holiday apartments).