|June 24 - 30, 2009
Underway at 0520, bound for Varna. Sun shines, but little wind so we motor. Varna is a commercial port, including a cruise ship landing, a small yacht club and a new pontoon for visiting yachts - charge was 39 euros a night. We got secured at 1220 on the new pontoon, with Artemis next to us. A quiet night aboard.
The next day we moved back around the corner to the yacht club (for 10 eros), really a much nicer place. It is a small harbor, and Gemini got tangled in the mooring lines as we were coming in. A man from the yacht across from us, dived under, and loosed the lines for us. Then we got secure to the dock.
We visited the Old Naval Museum located along the very, very long park along the very, very long white sandy beach. The Primorski Park stretches for 8 km along the beachfront with a wide walkway for families to promonade, runners to exercise, cyclists to ride and everyone to walk. The walkway is cool, shaded by the canopy of all the tall trees, it is a wonderful place to cool off and relax. The Naval Museum was closed for renovations, but we walked around to look at the outside exhibits. Included was the warship Druski, which had torpedoed a Turkish cruisser in the First Balkan War in 1912 (for you history buffs out there!!) Also a helocopter, and some other anchors and artilery. The yacht, Cor Coroli was displayed. It is the boat used by George Gerogiev, the first Bulgarian to sail single handed around the world in 1977. In the center of town was a beautiful cathedral with gold domes, across from the open air market.
We visited the Roman Thermae, ruins from the biggest roman baths in Bulgaria, third largest in Europe. Really fun rambling around the ruins.
On Friday, Sat, and Sun, the yacht club hosted a regatta. We had a front row seat as the boats left the marina for their races. Lots of drama - some racing boats had no engine.
A few also caught mooring lines, too. On Sat afternoon, quite by accident we met up with an old Galesvillian - Ivan. Ivan is a Bulgarian who sailed around the world, and then lived on his boat at anchor in Galesville for a few years. Now he is back in his home country, doing what he can to encourage sailing racing. So it was really old home week!! We had fun talking about mutual friends.
We departed on Tuesday, at 0755, heading north to Balchek. Motored the whole way, no wind. A very nice harbor, plenty of room, we are moored alongside by 1115. relax the rest of the day. Al and Sally abaord for happy hour, then dinner aboard.
More pictures at picasa.com.