Dalmatian Coast SailingJuly 29, 2017 in Croatia
We've spent the past seven days sailing the Dalmatian Coast with the most incredible group of girls!! When we arrived at the Dubrovnik Marina, Hollie and I were hoping we had a mixed boat of boys and girls and when we heard it was a boat of 9 girls we were a little disappointed. But we were so so wrong and had such a good time with our boat full of estrogen! It was a great mix of three Kiwis, three Aussies and two Brits plus our English skipper. Hollie and I have become really close with the two Brits, Alice and Louise, and it's made such a difference to the trip! We visited Mjlet, Sipan, Korcula, Vela Luka and Hvar throughout the week, with each island having something different to offer! Sipan was tiny with only one restaurant on the island while Mjlet is a National Park full of beautiful swimming spots. Our boat went for a hike into the National Park and found a jumping spot off one of the bridges with a crazy strong current underneath! Korcula was a bigger town where we visited Massimo Cocktail Sunset Bar and it was one of the best sunsets we've seen since being in Europe. Vela Luka was a lovely old town where Ho, Lou, Al and I jumped off the boat and went for a run up to the caves and along the marina. It was great to do a bit of exercise on land because most of the week is just swimming and eating!! The next morning was my 26th birthday and it has to be one of the most memorable birthdays I've had. I woke up to balloons throughout my cabin, the girls singing birthday songs, loads of nutella treats and a champagne breakfast!
To be so far from home, it was so special to be with a group of awesome people, even if we'd only met them a few days earlier. We arrived in Hvar that day only to be told there wasn't room for us to moor and as it was my birthday, our whole boat jumped ship and booked an Airbnb on Hvar while the rest of the MedSailors boats left. It was such a spontaneous decision but so much fun with the girls! We woke up the next morning and the four of us laid in bed singing songs and watching YouTube videos. We then rejoined our boat and had our last night out with the group for the week. Hvar is the party island of Croatia and every one has a crazy time here! Randomly I bumped into Jan Rowsell and Adam Nesbitt on two completely different occasions and it just reminds you how small the world is when you're all on the other side together! The whole week has been spent in a bikini, soaking up the Croatian sun, diving off the yacht into crystal clear waters, enjoying cocktails and making the best of friends. We've had a few things go wrong or unexpected costs due to the company we travelled with but the people we've met has been totally worth it and we've turned the shitty situations into some of the best memories! Croatia has to be my favorite country I've visited and I'd love to come back for sure!!Read more