Yes Travel: Sailing Around Croatia

ChristinaBy Christina  •  24 Jan 2017 at 7:00am  •  Places, World Travel
Christina

by Christina

Not long after our friends Jennie and Mark got married they decided to learn how to sail. So, once they qualified, I was so excited when asked a group of us to go on a trip with them. I’d been following their sailing progress since they started and had been promised a trip like this since the early days. So saying yes to this adventure was an easy decision for us. It’s also exactly the kind of yes we wanted to actively encourage when we started back in 2013; having adventures and making memories with your favourite people.

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Sailing highlights

I loved the boat. I absolutely love a caravan and that’s essentially what it is. Except on the sea. I loved the little kitchen with it’s whistling kettle, the tiny little cabins, ingeniously designed bathrooms. I could go on….

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As an early riser I also loved the morning routine that my fellow Year of the Yes-er Em and I quickly got in to. Waking up, climbing through the roof hatch, watching the sun rise and reading a book. Then a beautiful morning swim followed by a cup of tea and breakfast in the sunshine. Absolute perfection.
I also loved the amount of different places we got to visit. We were able to explore lots of beautiful islands and coves with ease, often off the tourist trail and at our own pace. With a well planned lunchtime swim stop of course.

Favourite places

 

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One of my favourite places that we visited was a beautiful bay on Solta island. We lovingly nicknamed it kingfisher bay (for obvious reasons) and loved it so much that we stayed there twice. It was beautiful and peaceful, and even has its own mojito making bar tender on a speed boat. What more does a holiday need?

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I really liked Vis and would definitely go back to explore some more there. My favourite side of the island was the rustic, and charming Komiza.

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Though the morning swim we had in Vis Town is probably the holiday highlight for me.

Em will be posting later in the week with some more details about some of our inland adventures.

Tips for rookie sailors

  • First of all find some friends with a skipper qualification (!) or do the course yourselves (we are hoping to convince our captains to do a blog post for us soon to inspire you to do the latter).
  • Stock up on anti-sickness precautions (our shipmates opted for tablets and anti-sickness bands) but be prepared for it anyway if it gets particularly rough on open seas! It absolutely doesn’t ruin your trip, and in fact, in our case, it seemed to entice some dolphins to swim along side us.
  • Pack lightly!! These boats are tiny. And essentially you’ll be in your swimmers the whole time anyway!
  • Listen to your captains and get stuck in! We’re all now complete experts in tying ropes. Honest. Just don’t ask us to prove it…
About the Author

Christina loves listening to and playing music, walks in the countryside, spending time with friends and family.

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