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Winter is coming

Winter is coming

For the last week of the 2017 cruise we had a difficult task – to transfer “La Bum” from Zadar to Trieste in the weather of late September. Everyday raining, sometimes jugo from S blowing 30 knots, raising 2 metre high seas, sometimes bora from NE with its violent gusts, 15°C outside.. All that watching with a cup of tea from the comfort of our dry pilothouse, heated up to a nice living temperature of 20°C. 

 
After this week I must assess La Bum to be capable of safe and very comfortable winter navigation.

Giorni meravigliosi

Giorni meravigliosi

Ho passato dei giorni meravigliosi sotto la guida di un simpatico ed esperto capitano e in compagnia di due differenti “ciurme” che si sono alternate in una vacanza molto piacevole. Sicuramente ci incontreremo ancora,grazie Luigi, grazie a tutti voi! Cris

My first but surely not last time sailing..

My first but surely not last time sailing..

Changing weather on the adriatic sea
Italian food in good company
Croatian wine and common lauther
Lots of sun over clear water
Overall a perfect trip
On Luigi’s sailing ship

For the last 6 days, I had the honor to be part of Luigi’s crew on his Nauticat, sailing on the Dalmatian coast from Sibenik to Zadar. What already feels like a sweet dream was my unforgettable first week aboard a sailing ship.

During this time Luigi proofed himself a great captain always ready for some joking and good laughter, teaching me quickly how to handle the “La Bum”. Even though communication was sometimes difficult, me being the only noneitalien crew member, I spent a couple of wonderful days aboard together with Luigi, Nicoletta, Cristiano and Marco, learning a lot about sailing, cooking and culture. With Nicoletta as a very talented and motivated cook I was at some point asking myself, if this was a food or sailing trip. I concluded that actually the combination of both works very well. But not even various daily swims and exercises could save me from gaining some kilos.

Sadly we had to first wait for the bad weather to pass. On my third day in Croatia the feeling of: “arriving in a beautiful, calm bay to anchor there, diving into crystal clear waters, swimming ashore, running to the highest point of the island while a giant owl flaps away a close tree, overlooking the bay with our little boat..” pretty much compensated for two rather boring days in the marina in Tribunj.

Setting sail the other days we arrived to other magical places to spend exciting afternoons and relaxing nights. On one day I could even try some Scuba diving. Using Luigi’s equipment Nicoletta gave me a first lesson diving around the ship. Huge thanks for that Nicoletta!

Faster than pleasant the weekend came closer and so did my flight back to Switzerland. After cleaning the boat and getting clean myself in a strangely swaying shower of the marina it was already time for farewell wishes. Back to picturesque Trogir and Split airport. 

Thank you very much for this opportunity and good experiences! I’ll be back 🙂

 

PS: Enjoy some pictures of the trip

Sunset over Pasman island
Crew getting some sun in the late afternoon
Me enjoying some sun ready for the evening swim
Il comandante Luigi
Lovely sunset from the north of Murter island

Marina and Tribunj, where we waited for the sea to calm 

Our bay on Pasman island overlooked from the top of the little mountain after a difficult hike up through dense underwood
Per Mare tra i Fornelli – Il primo passo

Per Mare tra i Fornelli – Il primo passo

Luigi
Around Sibenik with Nicoletta, Cristiano and Marco

Eccomi qua, al primo post e giusto reduce da una deliziosa settimana a bordo di La Bum: la costa Croata e l’ospitalità di Luigi sempre all’altezza delle più esigenti aspettative e i compagni di navigazione assolutamente impagabili – Cristiano, Marco e Pascal, poco più di un secolo in totale di ottima compagnia e grande entusiasmo nautico. Mi sono davvero goduta una crociera da principessina al primo imbarco sulla nuova signora del nostro comandante….come ricambiare? Naturalmente da buona Romagnola la risposta è una sola…col cibo! Una volta familiarizzato con la cucina di bordo e relativi stoccaggi eccomi ai fornelli, a dare fondo alle esperienze dei miei oltre 40 anni di navigazione e pignatte attraverso tutti i mari del mondo. E visto che siamo in argomento ne voglio approfittare per condividere con tutto il bel gruppo internazionale di La Bum un po’ di divagazioni culinarie all’italiana. Non me ne vorrete se il ricettario è un po’ corposo, spero davvero in qualche spunto interessante per tutti i volontari che si alterneranno nel gradito compito di solleticare i palati dell’equipaggio.

Ormai si parla solo di cucina, indiscutibilmente ad un livello molto, ma molto più raffinato di quanto ottenibile in un ambiente un po’ wild come quello delle nostre avventure. Certo una navigazione oceanica o mediterranea che sia non sembra un contesto particolarmente Gourmand….eppure, toglieteci tutto ma non il buon cibo!!

Un piccolo accenno alla cambusa, mia croce e mia delizia: certo in navigazione tra le isole del mediterraneo una fenomenale abbondanza di materie prime a un tiro di schioppo (o meglio a meno di un giorno di navigazione) consente di sbizzarrirsi in preparazioni di grande effetto, però per fortuna ci siamo lasciati alle spalle l’acqua nei barili e le gallette con i vermetti della tradizione anche molto lontani dalle rotte più tradizionali.
Farina zucchero latte e uova si trovano ovunque e sicuramente, giostrandosi con fantasia gli approvvigionamenti di fresco e con il ricco scatolame che si riesce a rintracciare nell’immancabile minimarket, è molto facile e anche divertente deliziare il resto dell’equipaggio con qualche irripetibile armonia di saporini.

Tutti i suggerimenti culinari che seguono sono stati collaudati con successo da Tromso all’Australia, passando per la Croazia e la Groenlandia, utilizzando quanto disponibile e limitando i trasporti dall’Italia al Parmigiano, un po’ di lievito per pane e per dolci (un vezzo questo perchè il lievito si trova dovunque, ma io ho fatto l’occhio con i prodotti italiani e mi ci trovo bene) e qualche busta di gelatina per dolci (vedi capitoli sui dessert a venire)

Inutile girarci intorno, non si toglie il pane di bocca a un italiano, partiamo quindi dal primo dei must.

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Raduno dei Nauticat

Raduno dei Nauticat

Ieri, dopo I due giorni di burrasca bloccati nel marina di Tribunij, ci siamo goduti una giornata di tutta vela. Vento leggero al gran lasco con solo genova siamo arrivati nel pomeriggio nella grande baia a nord di Murter, protetta dalle isolette. Le previsioni davano temporale notturno nella notte. Verso sera I pochi motoscafi se ne sono andati lasciandoci soli all’ancora.

Al tramonto…sorpresona….vediamo arrivare una fila di cinque barche…guardiamo bene e incredibile sono tutti Nauticat 33 e si mettono all’ancora vicino a noi. Piú tardi arriva pure uno splendido Nauticat 51!…tutti con bandiera della Repubblica Ceca.

Da una delle barche arriva a nuoto un ragazzo a salutarci ed a prendere informazioni su di noi. Per festeggiare questo avvenimento arriva un forte temporale con molti fulmini e relativi tuoni…il  vento di direzione variabile con raffiche di 26 nodi fa ballare di felicitá tutto il gruppo.

Come premio l’alba si presenta con un bellissimo cielo azzurro ed il tepore del sole.

 

A beautiful experience must be shared

A beautiful experience must be shared

However, the both of us really would like to come back to La Bum in the future. And since only a handful of people can stay on the boat at the same time, we think it’s better (for our own future perspectives) if we don’t share too much. Having that said, we still would like to mention a few highlights. Just because some experiences are just too beautiful to keep them for ourselves.

 

Sailing with La Bum means.. Watching the milky way every night from the deck. Anchoring in the most beautiful bays of Croatia. Learning very fast how to sail. Receiving a lot of faith and freedom from captains Luigi and Dominik. Sitting behind the helm on our very first day of sailing. Waking up with an Australian “Cucurucuuu” to watch the sunrise. Start with a swim in the ocean every day. Spotting dolphins right in front of our boat. Relaxing in the hammock while watching the sunset. Delicious Italian meals prepared by Luigi. Drinking digestivo with waffles. Absint with melted sugar on a sponge (or was it spoon?). Singing Yellow Submarine with Ermanno on his guitar. Repairing the engine on the middle of the sea. Sailing with a strong wind up to 30 knots. And still you can tell Luigi is fully in control and guarantees safety for his crew.

Some quotes to end with: “Go to the partyyyyyy!”, “I know my chicken”, “All shakkas no wakkas”, “Sanne and Alex were hijacking the car from Bologna”, “What happen?”, “Today we will catch a very big fish, I’m a 100% sure”, “Buffalo”, “In-cre-di-ble!”

 

If you have no clue what this is all about, there is only one way to figure it out: join La Bum and go sailing with her fantastic captains.

Grazie mille Luigi and Dominik! Sailing with you was one of the best experience we had and we definitely would like to come back 🙂

 

Alexander & Sanne

 
 
 
What an incredible place for our first night
Sunrise
Sanne behind the helm

 

Private Mooring
La Bum
Hvar

 

Digestivo with waffles
Best boat ever!
Arriving in Milna

 

Our captain Luigi fully relaxed
The enginge needs some maintenance
Captain Dominik preparing a good lunch

 

The beautiful red sails of La Bum
All Chaka’s no Wakka’s
The Freedom of the Ocean

The Freedom of the Ocean

I have just finished my 7 days on board of La Bum. And even though I left the boat no more than 24 hours ago, I already miss the boat along with the people aboard.

When I first set foot on La Bum, I never had any experience of sailing, and frankly, I did not expect that I could learn much in only one week. But Luigi has been so great at teaching and putting trust into the crew while being highly patience. And due to that, we all learned a lot about sailing and got an insight in the freedom that roams the sea. The freedom to just go wherever the crew decides to go and to focus only on sailing, enjoying life and having fun.

We visited and stayed at many bays, each more beautiful than the next. We also set anchor at different marinas where we enjoyed some nice cold beers at walked around in the beautiful cities and experiencing the different culture.

If there is one thing I would criticize of Croatia, then it would be the fish. Even though I saw many fish along the way, not even one single fish managed to take my bait while I was fishing. There must be something wrong with the fish, it certainly could not be due to my fishing skills. Jokes aside, the wildlife we saw along the journey was very beautiful. We spotted dolphins twice during that one week, and each time they swam right next to the boat – it was so nice to see.

The only thing that could beat the beautiful scenery, the nice weather and the great sailing experience – was the people that I met onboard, who came from all different nationalities. During only one week we became quite close and enjoyed each others company. We were relaxing, having fun and enjoying cold beers together, or one of Luigi’s small Italian coffee, which became a daily routine after lunch.

I would highly recommend anyone who is considering sailing, to sail with Luigi on La Bum. It has been one of the best experiences and holidays that I have ever been on. I at least know that I am definitely coming back some other time!

Until next time – Ciao

Home away from home

Home away from home

A new bay everyday. Clear skies, 35 degrees. The water is warm, crystal clear, azure blue. The coastline is rough and rocky. Huge, dramatic mountains on the mainland, here and there a village clinging to its steep slopes. The pending storm in combination with the bushfires of the past days make it smell like rain, soil and burnt grass. Bunkers from Yugoslavian times, silently continuing their watch over the Adriatic. Small, sunburnt islands, fig and olive trees. Naked German people on paddle boards… What a majestic view to wake up to. Sunsets, the stars to marvel at. Enjoying Italian cuisine or visiting a hidden bar which is only accessible by boat.
A new home and good rocks where ever the anchor dropped.

“La Bump”- (as Grace fittingly nicknamed it) definitely left an impression on me and some dents on my head. Bruises and scars on my hands, great memories in my heart. We were literally putting our blood and sweat into sailing.           Some on the deck itself, some on a pier in Tribunj (Blair), where we met the unfriendliest person in the whole of Croatia.
La Bum really did feel like home away from home. Good food, drinks and awesome company. Our international crew’s combined sailing experience was next to nothing but under Luigi’s supervision we have learnt to work like a clockwork. So much so, that we soon were gybing, tacking, anchoring and mooring like Pirates.
He alone taught us the basics of sailing in just under two weeks and we can proudly call our selves some what experienced.

Grazie, Luigi!