Every couple of years the Instant On IT team and their partners have been treated to sailing in the stunningly picturesque Croatia, ‘The Coast of a Thousand Islands’; Paul as our skipper and we his “competent” crew. Last month, we flew out to Split in groups over a period of three weeks, setting sail across the Adriatic coast visiting islands like Vis, Hvar, Trogir and Agana. While the boat (Natalya) was harboured at the various marinas, we had the chance to walk around the quaint historic towns, go to the beach and sample the delicious cuisine. It was as amazing as it sounds.
However, as usual, the trip was not short of incidents.
1/ Night watch: On a stormy night Natalya was harboured up without her skipper, leaving Jason, Tom and Matt to battle against the elements to rescue… the dinghy. Not without concern, a very cosy Paul texted the team from his apartment close by, to make sure the boat was ok!
2/ Sounds like ‘yes’ when there’s 47ft between crew: The first day of sailing on the last leg of the Adriatic tour and the men on board were eager to earn their competent crew badges. They were winching and gybing, picking up the fenders, putting out the fenders, knotting and knotting. All was going swell. We approached a lovely little place to have lunch and so prepared to moor. Husbands 1 and 2 grabbed the pole to catch the mooring ball, Paul shouts “Have you got it?”, husbands 1 and 2 shout “No!” The pole falls to the bottom of the sea (it’s quite shallow at this point) leaving them with just the handle. Paul, however, heard “Yes” and kept it moving. Boat runs aground and the locals poke fun while they retrieve us a metre from shore. Thankfully there was no harm to the boat and it was just our pride that was damaged!
3/ Don’t stop until that lady says so: There’s something about having an awesome dinner, some questionable red wine and great company that makes you want to sing and dance on a harboured boat in a very quiet marina. We were having loads of fun selecting songs and belting out the lyrics until a finger wagging neighbour told us to be quiet. We were definitely caught up in the moment, but turns out miming and air guitar can be just as much fun.
We all had such a wonderful time, it was a perfect mini break and to top it off a few of us even got lucky enough to spot dolphins.