2019 Croatia - Blog 3

The days are starting to fall into a pattern, starting with a hearty breakfast at 7:00am, leaving plenty of time to be dressed and ready to board the boat at 9:00am. There were a few complaints at breakfast about Ann being way too happy first thing in the morning. These were mainly from those nursing fuzzy heads from the night before or were jealous she had the best stroke. Either way, it was duly noted and her name added to the candidates for the Pricilla Award.

Today, conditions were glassy with little or no wind, ideal for our first crossing. We headed to the north western side of Zmajan for a short coastal swim south and then a crossing to Kaprije. Two thirds of the way across, we skirt across the southern tip of the uninhabited island of Bavlenac.

There was movement between groups today: Cathy moved from Orange to Yellow, Lynette and Hazel moved from Yellow to Pink, and Craig moved from Orange to a stand up paddle board. Fins were increasing in popularity as they made the long swims much less exhausting for those who hadn’t put in big kms before the trip.

We all enjoyed the crossing. With fins, Orange group of Marta and Ann proved uncatchable. Both were knocking out distances that they never imagined possible - well done girls. Cathy’s presence in Yellow was glaringly obvious. She knocked an unruly rabble of no-hopers and mis-fits into a tight well-oiled swimming machine. Breaks were reduced and the pace picked up to keep head of the Pinks. Cathy’s performance was definitely worthy of consideration when it came time to award Pricilla that evening.

Unfortunately, Steve was missing Guy who was unable to make the trip. Without Guy, Pink now comprised 5 females and 1 male. The girls were always stopping for a chat, wee, talk about hot flushes or just to annoy Steve. Nonetheless, to passers-by wearing Pricilla he seemed to fit in perfectly.

No sooner had we got back on the boat after a 4km crossing, we were given 10 minutes to get dressed and ready for a walk up and over the top of the island of Kaprije. Continuing down the hill brought us to the village on the other side of the island. The walk up the hill offers you a perfect panorama of our crossing from Zmajan. In the main village, we had time to relax and shelter from the mid-day heat and enjoy the best ice-coffees ever.

When we returned to the boat, Cresho had prepared another amazing lunch. Before eating, many of us decided to cool off after the hot walk by jumping or diving back in the water. Ken took it one step further by leaping in from top of railing on the boat, which is a no-no, incurring admonishment from Captain Damo. This act of stupidity would put anyone else in the running for the Pricilla Award, but with Ken you have to “set the bar” a little higher as this is pretty much run of the mill behaviour for him.

During lunch, the wind had picked up from the north west providing some cool relief from the heat. It was blowing offshore in the sheltered bay where we were moored. Guide Simo took the opportunity to go for a swim. During which time, he spotted a child’s inflatable dolphin being blown out to sea. Simo picked up pace and the chase was on. None of us could have sustained the pace needed to catch-up to the toy, but Simo is clearly seriously quick. Cresho l