Our crew has a late flight from Zagreb, and arrives in the harbour at 19:00 CET. By that time, all the shopping is finished, the paperwork done, and water tanks and batteries are filled up to the maximum: we are ready for departure. We decide to sail despite the late hour – the true holiday feeling does not start in Split Marina… Outside the harbour we hoist the mainsail and unroll the genua, still a bit ill at ease on a boat that we have not sailed before. There is some late Jugo wind blowing, approximately 10 knots, which dies down around 20:30 CET.

Around that time it starts getting dark as well. We drop the sails and motor our way south. After Splitska Vrata (the channel between Brač and Šolta) we head east. Around 22:00 CET we carefully motor into Lučice bay, where a number of yachts has already found a buoy. We pick up a free mooring and still have a first glass of wine to celebrate the start of the journey.