It was quite a trip, sailing from Split all the way up to Trieste in the most northern part of the Adriatic Sea and back again. A map with our route can be found below.
Early morning, we go to the only café to be found here that opens its doors outside the tourist season. Turkish coffee is all you get, but that is great for waking up. Most houses here are closed up – they look like holiday homes to me.
After coffee, we continue towards the north-west. The wind is south-east (Jugo), and increases during the day from 15 knots to 30 knots. Having the wind in our back, the weather is perfect for our large spinnaker. We keep it running for most of the day.
We cover a large distance today, approximately 75 nautical miles in 11 hours. It is already dark when we approach Mali Lošinj. The harbour entrance can be quite tricky to find after dark.
In October 2003 I participated in the Barcolana Regatta in Trieste, Italy. Together with a Croatian sailing team from Ultra Sailing in Split we first sailed from Split to Trieste in 5 days. After the regatta, we sailed back non-stop in 34 hours.
Our ship was a Bénéteau First 36.7
Shortly after midday on Monday, October 6th, 2003 we leave Split harbour. There is some nice wind, and around sunset we reach the island of Kaprije. This is where we spend the night, moored along the breakwater in this small harbour.