2019 Croatia - Blog 6

Today was our last swim day. On the last day you board the boat with the usual excitement and anticipation of the day ahead, but also with a tinge of sadness.

It was also great to have Marta back on board. She was feeling much better and looking forward to a day on the boat, but unfortunately no swimming. It was so good to have Craig and Erica back to bring us up to the full compliment of 13.

Sorry to say, but the weather forecast was for our best day yet. With glassy conditions in the morning for our multi-crossing swim and only light winds in the afternoon during our usual coastal swim.

We started our morning swim on the northwest corner of the island of Sestika Mala and swam across 1.2 km to the southeast corner of an unnamed island near the island of Obonjan. After a short coastal swim south a quarter of the way around the island, we crossed a relatively short distance to the southern tip of Obonjan.

During crossings, for safety, each group swims in close proximity to each other, protected from any boating traffic by an escort vessel. Whereas, during a coastal swim the group tends to pair up, swim at different speeds and spread out a bit more before stopping regularly to regroup.

Our next and last crossing of the trip was from Obonjan to the small island of Sokol. Usually Steve and Erica swam at the front of the Pink group while Barb and Sue enjoy a more leisurely pace that allows time for more sight seeing. Lynette and Hazel swim close on their heels. However, for the last crossing Barb and Sue through off any shackles and set the pace. Steve and Erica moved alongside and all four had a ball swimming side-by-side in glassy conditions through deep blue water penetrated by beams of sun light. A unique experience, we will always cherish.

Next was a circumnavigation of the small island Sokol. The waters on the west side of Sokol are quite deep. There was a diving boat nearby with scuba divers in the water. As we swam along you could see the divers on the bottom far below and the steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface.

After a lap around the island, it was the end of our nearly 4K morning swim. Steve and Sue couldn’t help themselves and raced each other over the last 50m to boat. At the end, both laughing with the sheer joy, freedom and fun of swimming in such amazing locations.

We always look forward to our after-swim snacks on the boat, washed down with a cup of tea. The time after each swim is spent grazing and chatting together as we motor to our coffee stop. Today, we headed to the village of Zlarin on the northern tip of the island of the same name. We were given about 45 minutes to wander around and grab a coffee before lunch on the boat would be ready. At the restaurant on the foreshore where we stopped, Marta asked if they have ice-coffees. We all smiled at the response from the waitress, “Yes, we have ice and we have coffee”. Marta ordered a coke.

Another hot day meant after lunch many of us jumped in the water beside the boat. A Water Polo ball appeared from somewhere and a game of “Piggy in the middle” ensued. This was a lot of fun and good practice for our Water Polo game scheduled for tomorrow morning. Speaking of practice, we needed to get o