Because I also have a skipper’s licence, plan B, sailing in the Croatian islands, gave us a whole new perspective. Plan A was 7 days ski mountaineering in the Bernese Alps, from the Jungfraujoch and Aletsch. The two pictures below, from my house here in Verbier today and Croatia yesterday, leads me to believe it was a great choice!
What a week of sailing it was. Because of the continued forecasted wet and cold weather in the Alps, we decided a few days before departing to go south. The islands of Croatia offer excellent sailing grounds with an abundance of yachts to charter. Easy Jet offers weekly flights from Geneva at affordable rates. We chartered Svrsata, a 40 foot Sun Odyssey 39i, out of the new port at Seget, near Trogir. She was a blast to sail, tackling strong winds up to force 6 with ease. I was never a fan of in-mast furling, but this made reducing sail super easy. We sailed to Vis on our first day out, in a solid force 5. After getting the sails right, Svrsata sailed close haul at close to 7 knots with ease. We combined that with a fine climb at “Little Thailand” on Hvar to make a real fun week of fine adventure.