2019 Croatia - Blog 5

It was great to see Marta up and about at breakfast. The rest and antibiotics had her on the mend, but doctor’s orders were no more swimming.

Erica and Craig had opted to catch the early ferry and spend the day exploring Sibenik, as this would be their only opportunity before leaving straight after Friday morning’s swim. Thus, we were down to 10 swimmers.

Before leaving harbour, Barb, as a thank you, presented Captain Damo with a Rottoswmr cap, polo and an Australian flag that we had all signed. He was particularly excited about been given a cap to add to his collection, which includes a 2013 Rotto skippers cap. Kres secured the flag to the canopy post at the stern of the boat and off we set for the day’s adventures.

Conditions were ideal for our planned 5 crossings swim. Today, we motored south between the mainland and close to the east coast of the island of Zlarin. Our destination was the island of Drvenik some 45 mins away. On the way, Kres explained the course our swim would follow, namely: a coastal swim south along the west coast of Drvenik; crossing from the southern tip of Drvenik to northern tip of the island of Dvainik; another coastal swim along the west coast to the southwest corner of Dvainik; a crossing to the west end of the small island of Mumonja; a short swim around the south side to the east end of Mumonja; another crossing to the west end of the island of Obik; another coastal swim around the southern side to the southeast corner of Obik; and our last crossing to the island of Krebela Mala. Close to 5km including 5 crossings.

Before entering the water, Barb was presented with a birthday cake swim cap and we all sang happy birthday. Barb was delighted.

The variety of crossings and coastal swims made this swim quite unique. We all thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, but were feeling a tad weary toward the end.

Back onboard we had a special treat. Kres and Simon brought out a chocolate birthday cake resplendent with candles. Simon led us in another rousing rendition of happy birthday. No offence intended, Simon’s a great guide and swimmer, but really needs to work on his singing.

Of course after a swim and a cake you have to have coffee. Next stop was the island of Krapanj, where Cathy and Ken had stayed before the swim. We berthed in the small harbour and disembarked. Ken took on the role as guide and led us to the best coffee place, which was a small kiosk bar right on the beach. Well done Ken.

We didn’t have much time to relax on the island. Those who sat in deck chairs could easily have dosed off, but no it was back to the boat for lunch. The days have become very hot. After eating lunch it is usual for several of us to jump in the water to cool off before we leave for our afternoon swim. Today, Barb and Simon entertained those on board with demonstrations of backward freestyle and butterfly, which is extremely difficult to do without drowning.