Canadian Yachting May 2015 - (Page 32)
By Mark Stevens | Photographs by Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Ships of the Sunsail flotilla lined up on the seawall at Prvic,
a medieval fishing village.
he sun rises over green hump-backed hills, backbone
of an island called Prvic in the Adriatic Sea, off the
coast of Croatia, in the region of Dalmatia. We've
docked overnight in one of the most beautiful cruising grounds
in the world.
The hills look across a blushing expanse of water riffled
by winds whose names we discovered yesterday morning at the
chart briefing that began our Sunsail charter flotilla near a
village called Primosten.
Bora, Pura, Yugo. Winds that nuzzle the grey-green slopes of
the Dinaric Alps, winds once wooed by Roman triremes. Winds
that carry us north and east and west on exhilarating romps for
six days, that skim waters traversed by Turkish warlords, that
skirt havens where fisherman have returned nightly for nigh on
These winds with names buffet my wife and me this
morning when we go ashore to explore a medieval village hunkered down beside a stone pier while our friend and able
crewmember Elizabeth makes coffee in the cabin of "Neve",
Canadi an Yachti ng
our chartered Jenneau 36'.
We pass Pavle Gallery, huddled inside a fifteenth-century
house. Eve, the proprietor, wears a white-and-blue bikini. Her
husband, sporting a Speedo, tinkers with the outboard engine
on a dilapidated wooden runabout on a stone quay just outside.
We stroll serpentine cobblestone streets; we enter a churchyard, negotiating weathered crooked headstones in the shelter of
a stone steeple circa 1461. We climb a stone alley behind the
church; we look down at a sun-dappled harbour where history
abounds, where a fleet of white sailboats sharing the characteristic scarlet Sunsail furled foresails are lashed, Mediterraneanstyle, to a wharf built from ancient stone blocks.
Now we return to "Neve," straining at her dock lines in a gentle swell.
Elizabeth sets steaming cups on the cockpit table. I sip and
sit, looking around in awe, entranced by the scene before me, a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2015
Vantage Point: Fuelling your dreams
Waterfront: CPS Boating Tools on Video, Sneak Peeks at New models launching, Trent Severn Rideau Waterway update and much more...
Club Profile: Vancouver Rowing Club
Feature: Sharon Green: Sailing Photographer
Destination: Ghost Lake
Destination: Georgian Bay Six-pack
Destination: New York Canals
Power Review: Beneteau GT 35
Crossing the Line: Explaining Sailing to Powerboaters
Canadian Yachting May 2015