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Setting Sail for Croatia Today

Current Location: Agio Stefanos, Corfu, Greece
Current Position: 39 45.97 N 019 56.99 E Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 280 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

Our strategy on leaving Turkey and dashing across to Greece was to get the south winds up the Adriatic before the prevailing and constant northerlies set in. Well, the tactic seems to be working! Today the winds have swung around to the south, and will stay this way until Tuesday night – just enough time for us to sail from here to Cavtat, the entry port for Croatia.

So that is what we are going to do. We will set sail at 8pm tonight, and hope to arrive at Cavtat sometime between dawn and 6pm on Tuesday for a distance of 190 nautical miles. As always it is so hard to predict the actual sailing time, so we calculate our times based on 4kts, 5kts and 6kts and then set our departure time so as to best ensure that we arrive in daylight.

It should be a reasonably crossing with winds from 10 to 20kts from behind, although we might hit some calmer patches. In the daytime we may have our spinnaker up, at night probably only our genoa. Most likely we won’t hoist our mainsail at all.

We have also been rigging up our new parachute anchor so it is ready to deploy at any time. If we do arrive before dawn we will use that to anchor out at sea until daylight.

Meanwhile Ceu is cooking up a storm – shepherds pie and chicken with pineapple on the menu for the next two days 🙂

So, our next contact with you should be from Croatia!

 

Wind forecast for Monday noon, with our intended course from Corfu to Croatia

Wind forecast for Monday noon, with our intended course from Corfu to Croatia. The colours are the wave heights, blue is calm, going to about 1m with the yellowish green. The winds are 5kts per half-feather on the arrows.

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