Captain's Log

Croatia Cruising 2002

Sailing in Croatia was a wonderful experience. We had quite a few adventures, discovered many fascinating places and met a lot of interesting people en route.

First landfall was in Bobovisce on the island of Brac, a beautiful anchorage about 10 miles from Split. We had gone in there practice anchoring, not having done this procedure since taking delivery of Boo Too and sailing from Falmouth to Croatia. So clearly an attempt at anchoring and learning how to do this on a big boat was a necessary thing to do. We had not bargained on the gearbox failing at the critical moment. Consternation as the wind was pushing us on to a lee shore. With a bit of quick thinking we got the bow thruster down and the jib unfurled and managed to turn the thing around only yards from the rocks and tack out to sea. Our arrival in Croatia was quite an emotional one!

While in Croatia a three person film crew joined Boo Too for most of June and July to film a documentary for television, now released on DVD, called "Sailing Stories from Croatia".

Dominic Wheatley takes up the story at this point:

12 September 2002: Ginney and I, along with our good friends Tim and Georgie Paske, joined Boo Too in Rogoznica, west of Split, in time for dinner. Moored stern-to in the old town being able to watch the promenaders, enjoy the local music and relax with a glass in our hands suited the Wheatleys and Paskes famously.

13 September: Sails were hoist and a fast time was made up to the island of Murter for lunch and repairs to the autopilot. Then we sailed north west up to Telascica in the Kornetis where we anchored in a charming almost landlocked bay. In the evening Goro's restaurant provided an excellent lamb dish for us to devour.

14 September: There is a salt-water lake a few miles from Telascica that we walked over to and explored in the morning. An interesting sail going south-east down the Korneti channel to U. Striznja and the twins' restaurant. So named because the owners have two beautiful tall, slim twin daughters who in the summer months help out while going to University in the winter. The food here is always good and so is the company.

15 September: A great sail down to Maslinica. Drinks at one of the two bar/restaurants then dinner on board.

Maslinica nestles in a large inlet at the west end of Otok Sulta with a number of islands off which provide a large degree of shelter. The village is enchanting with lovely buildings and little streets to explore.

16 September: Another good sail - the winds are pretty good out here! - Over to the town of Hvar on Otok Hvar. A thriving community and very busy town awaited us. Lots of coffee bars, restaurants, interesting jewellery and other type shops to browse around. A walk up the hill brought us to the fortified monastery. Further in land the lavender fields are stunning.

A visiting 45-meter motor yacht invited us over for dinner. It was a big boat with eight guests on board. A lot of noise was made and our host, Sir Peregrine Hackett, was most hospitable. When asked why he had been so kind to invite us he replied that Boo Too was obviously a gentleman's sailing yacht and the most elegant he had seen this summer - A man with very good taste!

17-18 September: Depart Hvar and apart from thoroughly enjoying Bobovisce once again, taking on fuel in Rogac and having a great sail over to Trogir, not too much to write about. Manoeuvring to the fuel dock on Rogac a motor yacht tried to sneak in front of us in a very bad mannered fashion - we saw it off!

19 September: Moored alongside in Trogir, which is a beautiful old town and can be explored for days. Enjoyed our last lunch on board, once again experiencing the excellent cooking that keeps coming up from the galley and then the Wheatleys and Paskes made their tearful and fond farewells to all the crew.

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