Telascica Nature Park, Croatia
At dawn I thought I could quietly creep past Darja and Andre so as not to awaken them and enjoy the first morning light. I was pleasantly surprised to find Darja already up and making her famous thick, delicious coffee.
We had moved the boat several hundred meters deeper into the bay to be away from the other boats and there was not a sound of civilization to be heard. What a treasure! No cars, no voices, no radios, no music boxes (what a strange word. It’s the influence of my listening to Croatian, Slovenian, Italian, Swiss German and German for the past weeks.)
I read my book and after a while Roland and Andre joined us and we simply read or sat quietly enjoying this period of silence.
Later in the morning we motored out of the National Marine Park into the larger expanse of water and caught the wind and really sailed for the first time, the sails full of wind tipping the boat at an angle that had Darja doing lots of Heart Hugs. Andre and Darja have not been sailing all that long. Andre was sensitive to her fear so he would slack off the sails most of the time if there was enough wind to heel them over. Roland is a very experienced sailor and when he explained to Darja that this type of sailboat cannot actually tip over because of the balance of the heavy keel, she screwed up her nerve and we almost flew across the open water of the bay. This was the first time I have ever had the pleasure of sailing this fast and it was very exciting.