This is a story by one of our best skippers Davor Cubrilovic, from a week in September 2017.
It describes a week long sailing route on catamaran Lagoon 450 'Alba Mouse' in Split area in Croatia. Guests were 3 middle aged couples from a city of Astoria, OR, USA, who wanted to visit islands of Central Dalmatia in Split area, but, with the emphasis on island Vis, because one of the couples has family roots and distant relatives on Vis.
Saturday, 16th September 2017.
We met in marina SCT in Trogir town around 2 PM. Weather forecast was a bit unstable, and it was not easy to predict when will the storm hit this area. South wind was blowing at it's strongest around 30-50 knots, sea force 4. We decided together to stay in marina that night, and had a nice dinner on board.
Sunday 17th Septmeber 2017.
Morning came with the storm around 10 AM. Around 11 AM the storm has passed and clearing of the skyed followed. We sailed out towards the Solta island, more precisely Maslinica village. We stopped for a swim near island Saskinja outside Maslinica village. A swim followed by a bottle of a nice rose vine and some snack was spiced by some kayak rides around the small islands. About 3 PM we docked in Maslinica village. Guests enjoyed a walk through the village and a nice dinner at Gajeta tavern.
Monday 18th Septmeber 2017.
We sailed out from Maslinica towards island Vis around 9 AM. It was a sunny day with practically no wind. The ride took about 3 and a half hours. After arrival in Vis, guests took a nice stroll around Vis town and explored it's authenthic heritage. If I tell you Vis island was closed for tourism for 50 years of communism, you can imagine that the island is well preserved from modern commercial tourism influence. In the evening we took a free ride to Roki's tavern on the mountain in the fertile fields of the island. Roki's tavern is known for a good 'Peka' dish and they also produce their own eco vine. Guests were delighted by this tavern in the mountains.
Tuesday 19th September 2017.
Because of guest's wishes we decided to stay in Vis one more day. They wanted to explore the town some more, and they simply enjoyed being there. They visited the cementary looking for their own family there. I prepared a nice lunch, a bean with pasta stew. Something typicall for Croatia, and guests told me they liked it even better than a taverni n the mountains .
Wednesday 20th September 2017.
15 knots of NW took as directly and comfortably to Milna bay on island Hvar. It is a special beautiful bay close to Hvar town, with free buoys for anchorage. I organized a taxi boat ride for guests to visit town of Hvar, usually known as Croatian Monte Carlo or Monaco. They spent an afternoon there enjoing the town, and in the evening came back to dinner which we had at Kotin restaurant.
Thursday 21st September 2017.
Guests wanted to go back to Vis island. But, I suggested that they should also see something else, because there is a lot more to see, and we took of to sail to Starigrad town on the other side (northern side) of island Hvar. Starigrad is the oldest city in Croatia, and it has a cozy mellow wibe. In the afternoon I organized a taxi to take them to Jelsa town, to experience a wine tasting at Tomic vinery (very special, maybe the best wine tasting experience in Croatia) and than took them further to a tavern Vrisnik which is also located inland of the island. They came back in obviously 'happy' mood.
Friday 22nd Spetmeber 2017.
Friday is the last day and for guests it's sometimes a sad day for them. We sailed from Starigrad to Milna town on island Brac, where we had a swim, and I cooked some pasta for them, with tomato, smoked pancetta and grana padano cheese, while they had a walk in the town. Later in the afternoon we went back to Trogir.
Overall, it was a one of the nicesest and most relaxing weeks for me in the 2017. Supreme clients, really lovely people, and a beautiful week for me.