First Night at Sea – Šolta Island Croatia

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Šolta Croatia

After a hectic day getting to Trogir Marina from our overnight in the Le Meriden in Lav near Split, dashing back and forth between traffic to the grocery store to stock up on food and drinks, checking in to get access to our boat, checking out the boat to see what we have and need, getting the motorbike parked and secured, meeting up with our friends, getting to know our skipper, etc., we were finally pushed off from the dock and headed to sea! (still gives me goosebumps) There was so much going on in our heads at that moment it was hard to relax. We wanted to get to a good spot for the evening (we pushed off around 6 pm or so), wanted to talk to our skipper about our plans in general and for the next day, catch up with our friends and hear about their plans (and relay some of our travels) and so on.

Our skipper, Ivan from Zadar, a grouchy old (35 years, ha!) skipper started right off giving some good tips. I had found a few places (using Google Earth while still trip planning) a couple hours from the marina that would be good to overnight, Ivan told us they would likely already be taken and suggested we go toward Solta and anchor for the night. He made a good recommendation.

Time to Relax

We soon were anchored after motoring, right around sunset. As you can see from the photos below, the evening was just perfect, a slight breeze, clear skies, and a beautiful sunset. We talked to Ivan about what we would like to see for the next day and our basic itinerary for the week. We kicked back, opened some drinks, made some dinner, and I started enjoying the catamaran for the first time since I stepped aboard. We began reconnecting with our friends we’ve missed since they moved across the country, started to tell them of our love for Slovenia and beautiful sights of Croatia already in our rear view mirror.

It was a stunning start to what would be a magical week.