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This series was made on a Törn between 2006 04 08 and 2006 04 14 on a Bavaria 50 with a crew of nine. The port of departure was Trogir, Croatia on Sunday at 06.30. The original goal was to sail due South and circle the miniscule Island of Palagruza off the coast of Italy and proceed from there to Dubrovnik. The wind speed increased from a calm beginning over the day and reached 20 knots from the SE around sundown. We continued sailing against the wind and a heavy sea and the wind increased to 30 knots later in the evening. The crew began to suffer from seasickness and were treated by both doctors on board. Thankfully, I was spared. At 23.00 when with less than half of the crew fit for duty and also less than 20 SM from our goal (the light from lighthouse was in sight), I broke off the attempt to reach Palagruza and sailed NE for the Island of Lastovo and refuge from the wind, which continued to increase, and the pounding the ship was taking as it fought against a very nasty sea. At 04.00 on Monday morning we made fast in the furthest, most sheltered corner of the small port of Ubli. The wind continued to roar overhead. Distance sailed that day was 123,8 SM. Due to storm warnings received from Radio Split, with expected winds of 50 knots, I decided to remain in port - which we did for the next two days. It was senseless to risk either crew or ship. Dubrovnik was written off for this Törn. We departed for Stari Grad early Wednesday morning and sailed north for the Island of Hvar against an ice-cold Bora blowing from the NW. Wind speed increased to 35 knots late in the afternoon, especially as we tacked through the Pakleni Canal. The sea increased to 2-3 there but after rounding the NW tip of the Hvar we were able to alter course towards the NE and sailed the last stretch running before the wind at good speed. En route to Trogir, we stopped-over in Milna on the Island of Brac and continued from there back to our home port. On the last two days we were accompanied by winds between 25 and 30 knots. Despite the heavy weather, we experienced neither injuries to the crew nor damage to the ship, for which I am very grateful. All told, it was one hell of a ride. Total trip distance was 251 SM through the water, most of it against the wind.

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