11 October 2017 – Up and Down Croatia

11 October 2017 – Up and Down Croatia

Durrës (ALB)– Dubrovnik (HRV) Durrës disappears only slowly in the distance. The wind that was forecasted isn’t in a hurry and barely fills our genaker. A ferry is heading straight for us and doesn’t show any sign of changing course. We feel like a sitting duck. When it’s around 10 minutes away from running us […]

1 September 2017 – Upwind into the Adriatic Sea

1 September 2017 – Upwind into the Adriatic Sea

Crotone (ITA) – Durrës (ALB) “Could you turn it up a notch?” Ivar sighs. We are in Crotone, huddled in front of our new fan, which provides a bit of relief from the relentless Italian heat. “May as well plan our passage to the Adriatic Sea while we wait for wind!” Ivar grabs our pilot […]

12 August 2017 – An Italian Summer

12 August 2017 – An Italian Summer

Isola di San Pietro (ITA) – Crotone (ITA) “How on earth are we going to make it through the peak summer season?” Ivar thinks out loud. “I have a nightmare vision of countless boats overcrowding expensive marinas, very few suitable anchorages, no wind to sail and bloody hot weather”. “No worries,” Floris replies, “we’ll manage. […]

13 July 2017 – Spoiled on Sardinia

13 July 2017 – Spoiled on Sardinia

Porto Liscia (ITA) – Isola di San Pietro (ITA) “I am going to scream. If you don’t back off, I swear I will.” Mirjam puts on a dead-serious face. The guy across the counter and the other lunch-time customers in the bar don’t look like they’re to be messed with, so Floris decides to avoid […]

17 May 2017 – Going Slow(ly)

17 May 2017 – Going Slow(ly)

Nice (FRA)– Le Grazie (ITA) “I’m sorry, but you really have to leave by noon. A superyacht has reserved your berth”. The harbourmaster is friendly but strict. The marina in Nice is fully booked, so we have to hurry. We drive our friends Evelyn and Fred to the airport, return the rental car and buy […]