Trogir old town is built on a small Island which is joined to the mainland by a walking bridge, and a car bridge and road which also join it to the Island of Ciovo. First settlements here date back to around 380BC. Again medieval houses, churches and the narrow streets and a wide seaside promenade lined with ice-cream parlours, restaurants and pizzerias make this town another big tourist attraction. Our first night here we anchored a short distance from the town in the channel on the west side. The town quay is for supper yachts and ferries. There are two marinas but we try to avoid these as they are very costly for us here in Croatia during the summer season. The Split one which we used for one night only, cost us $NZ 195 ( Euros 125 ) including power and water!!!!!!! So the boat got a really good wash down I can tell you. As I said we were anchored in the channel along with a few others. Around 17.30 we had a visit from the Port Authority asking for 150kn ( $30 NZ ) to anchor there for the night. No we said, but he was very nice about it and directed us to an anchorage a couple of miles away which turned out to be much better as the water was much cleaner –we could swim - and we had the advantage of visiting other bays and coves in the kayak and tender during our five day stay there. We also had another good old thunder storm while there with the usual incredible lightening show which you seem to get in the Adriatic. We had a 50ft motor launch anchored close by who was having trouble holding, so we were pleased when he moved further out into the bay.
Alec decided he did not want to spend a night anchored in Pula harbour, and that he had seen a nice little bay on the way in , so we upped anchor – or should I say I did. It is my job to go up front a raise the anchor. Oh dear!!!! I messed this one up big time. We got it up alright, but I left the lock in place while I did it. Somehow I managed to lock the anchor in a position where it could not be raised any more, or dropped again. Bugger!!!!! An hour later after motoring around in circles while Alec worked on it we finally left the inner harbour. He had to rope the anchor to the boat, take the shackle off the anchor with much difficulty as it was so-ooo tight, and then replace it with a new shackle. It would have been easier to cut a link out of the chain but it was locked in to tightly that he could not even get the chain off the sprocket.
Next day we sailed past the Brioni Islands. They are just outside Pula and were the summer residence of Marshal Tito. There are 14 Islands in the group and it is now a National Park. You can land on just one of them but need to rob the bank to do so. A yacht our length must pay 200 Euros a day to do so during the months of July and August – high season. In May June and September it is only 130 Euros a day. Forget it, I will take my pictures as we sail past!!