Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sail Croatia on a Gulet ... June 2015

Join us in June to Sail Croatia, see below ...

It's true, after getting kicked around the sailing magazine industry I got published again.  Blue Water Sailing sent me magazine proofs a couple months ago.  I have yet to see the issue but that is the rumor (I'm starting). 

Thank you for checking in.  I have not forgotten to update my seven fans.  Until I figure out how to update across the board all at once ...  updates on our planned flotillas click our logo, come join us! ...

We have Sail British Virgin Islands next month.  That trip is full.  Then we have Sail Croatia in a Gulet in June, info below.  And we are ... hush, hush, planning the worlds first Sail Cuba trip for US citizens for end o' summer 2015.  Be the first to experience the wonders of Cuba.  I've been there, it's friendly and amazing.   

Personal updates on my international sailboat deliveries are here ...

That's right sailing/yachting friends, we are headed back to Croatia and this time in a Gultet.  What is a Gulet?  It is a big varnished wooden hulled yacht built on the beaches of Turkey and fitted out to be super plush.  Click here to see all updates ....

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Join Us!

Hello everyone,
I just noticed that we are getting hits on this blog still.  Join us on our next Adventure ... Instead of the more selfish pursuit of Adventuring around the world on sailboats by ourselves, the crew and I have been very busy creating Adventures that we can share with you.  Soon as the new operation is fully functioning I will get back to getting you all some fun stories.  To find out how you can participate in our Adventures, go to:    For the latest updates, click 'Happening Now'.

Thank you from the crew at Adventure Voyaging ...

Captain Woody
Tania Aebi
Janeen Arrigo
Jim Mather

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I have completed my boat delivery and will be checking email each day leading up to the trip. I fly on the 14th. If I don't hear from you, see you in Croatia.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

What to Bring - Final Info

What to Bring – Final Info

OK, raise your hand if you're fired up for some Croatian Cruising! Yep, me too. I know some of you are already packing so let's get right to it.

We'll be sailing the Croatian Coast at the best time. May/June is when they have the more reliable wind. At 43 degrees North, it can get chilly and we could see rain (did someone say hot chocolate?). Expect the temperature to be in the 60's and 70's or therabouts.

"Croatia is one of the sunniest areas in Europe. Spring and autumn are very mild along the coast." Sunniest areas in Europe ain't saying much but there it is.

I reckon it will be a lot like our incredible StS's to Greece. I see myself in dress shorts a shirt and sweatshirt (fleece or light jacket). You'll want to have thin raingear (light foulies) for rain or for Med spray which may find it's way onboard while sailing. Sounds like the swimming will be chilly but I'll be bringing my boardshorts (trunks) just in case. Sweats or something cozy for around the boat. I'll have khakis and something with a collar for dinners ashore (Hawaiian shirts have collars!). Whatever women wear always seems to be fine. Your boat shoes, if you wear shoes, shouldn't be of the black deck marking type.

Also bring:
- A collapsible bag. The big hard case luggage is a no-no. There is nowhere on a boat to store stuff like that so if you bring it, you may end up sleeping with it.
-Sunblock, sun glasses, hat with chin strap that shades head and neck a plus.
-Bring your bathroom stuff. Sheets and one set of towels are provided.
-Money for meals ashore, food bought to bring aboard, trinkets, buying your favorite skipper a coldy! Today the exchange rate was $1US for 5.6 Kuna's. Kunas are best but Euros are often accepted too. I would imagine there will be ATMs at the airport and the Sunsail base boasts an exchange place.
-A Camera would be good. And hope that someone on your boat brings an MP3 player setup that jacks into the onboard 12v receptacle and transmits on the FM radio. Most boats have CD players onboard too.
-A passport. Don't take my word for it but it seems that you can enter Croatia with a passport that has been expired for 6 months. More info: If you don't have a passport, get one. I've seen a crewmember of mine get one in 24hours, though it was expensive.

Upon Arrival:
Our 5 Sunsail boats are located in the Kremik Marina. We board Saturday, May 16 at 1800 and spend the first night onboard at the base getting organized and getting to know our new crewmate/friends. We depart asap Sunday morning. If you are arriving into the Split airport it is a 40 minute cab ride to the base. They say it should be about 13 Euros (100 Kuna) per person. I might try to confirm a fare near to that with the driver, especially if there is no meter.

For those arriving Friday and have accommodations on Trogir we are throwing a dinner meet up at the Tragos Hotel. Transport to the base from Trogir Saturday morning is also provided. Accommodations are not. Information can be found on the blog, see below for the link.

What to Expect:
As those who have done a Share the Sail before know, we keep a pretty loose schedule. This helps us to make last minute changes in plans so we don't miss anything kewl. Be prepared to go with the flow.

The base will be doing basic food and condiment provisioning so expect to have some meals ashore. If you have a very particular palette you may find yourself doing some shopping now and then.

We always put a booze starter kit onboard- usually a case of the local. After that you're on your own though most of the time those drinking on each boat kick into a kitty for the occasional shore run.

We depart the boats the following Saturday at 9am. Which means the last nights anchorage will be nearby. You are on your own after that as I will heading out for some Eastern Europe exploration.

Attached is the information document from Sunsail on Croatia and the Base. You can get some basic information from the Croatia and Kremik pages on the Sunsail site directly.

If I think of anything else you'll be hearing from me again. I'll be heading out in a couple days to deliver a cruising boat from Trinidad to Savannah. My email access before our Croatia Adventure will be sporadic at best. For info you can also try Sunsail Vacation Planning – USA Toll Free: (800) 327-2276. Robin, who does our magazine layout, will be one of our skippers. She may be able to answer a question or two.

I arrive at SPU on Lufthansa flight 2482 at 1340 Fri May 15. I head right to Trogir to help with the evening meet up arrangements at the Hotel Tragos.

See you in Paradise.

Captain Woody

(OK, you can put your hand down)


Local information

Currency - Croatian Kuna - 6 to 1 US$ - Euros are widespread.
Language - Croatian
Time zone - GMT +1
Airport Code: SPU (split)
Taxi: approx. 13 euro pp - 40 min.

The marina has toilet and shower facilities, restaurant, bar, supermarket, chandlery, and money exchange. There are two sets of shower and toilet facilities – the main one is conveniently situated next to the Sunsail office.

Sunsail's Kremik info:

This is another good map of southern Croatia. Zagreb is further north.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Notification Schedule

Croatia Share the Sail
May 16-23

Hey there,
Thought you all might be interested in the general schedule of the pre-cruise notifications and prep.

Early March you will receive our reminder and instructions for final payment due by March 15.

Following that you will receive both our What to Bring advice and Crew Questionaire for boat placement. Not to worry, tea totalers won't be put on the boat with the 9am Bloody Mary crowd. We'll also be getting some travel details from you.

Before you ask we don't do a sailing itinerary. We play it by ear. We don't want to miss anything good because we're following a schedule. Sounds like cruising! We'll do a chart briefing at the base, consider the weather and listen for drum beats signaling local events/festivities before sailing off.

And more semi-useless information:
Rough location of cruising area - E16deg 15min / N43deg 36min
Sunrise 0430, Sunset 1914

Some history on Trogir:

Captain Woody
Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hotel Tragos and Hotel Trogir

Croatia Share the Sail
May 16-23

If you intend to book a room at Hotel Tragos email them here:
They need to know how many people and the date arrive and depart (May 15 to May 16?). They will e back to ask you for your credit card. The Lats price is 96euro (about $136). Not sure, with the language barrier, if that is a deal or not.

It may help if you include this email.

When Tragos is full there is another option right down the road, also on the island (there's a bridge for the cab) - Hotel Trogir. BED+BREAKFAST single - $88 (470,00 kn /66,00€) and double - $130 (690,00 kn /97,00€) they have online booking.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

First Night, Part II

Croatia Share the Sail
May 16 - 23, 2009

Last time I checked we had just two more staterooms to fill on our five boats. If we need them, we'll add more boats.

The meet up is at Hotel Tragos at 1900 (that's 7pm for you landlubbers). Map and info for booking hotels in Trogir are below.

Hotel Tragos info:
Hotel Tragos is a small historic hotel situated in the very centre of Trogir. Rooms are equipped with a bathroom, a telephone,air conditioning systems, SAT/tv, Internet access, mini bar, hair dryer and SOS system. Hotel provides free parking for its guests. If you need help regarding your transfer from the airport, or any other place, please let us know. Besides the Hotel there are 4 additional double rooms (more like apartments) in a nearby hotel. Apartments are three star accomodation, same quality as the rooms in the hotel. The price for a double room is 700kn ( approx. 96€) plus 0.65 euro per person, per day. Above mentioned rate is per rooms and night and inclusive of full breakfast. The terases are quite large and can accept a group of 40 people.

Note: You must email to make a reservation at this place.
HOTEL TRAGOS*** family owned-proudly authentic
Budislavićeva 3
21220 Trogir
tel: ( +385 21 ) 884 729 fax: ( +385 21 ) 884 731
web: e-mail:

Other Accomodations in and around the 2300 year old city of Trogir:
Accomodations and info:
Hotel Trogir (also on the island):
Hotel Fontana (smaller hotel/13 rms) Medena (larger hotel/several hundred rms)
FYI and Entertainment:
100 euros = 135US$ currently
Got a couple minutes to kill? Goto: and click View gallery.More tourist bored stuff:
Share the Sail Croatia updates:

Map of Tragos in Trogir:
Hotel Tragos is 5km, time distance- 5 minutes from Split airport (SPU). Hotel transport can be organised from Hotel