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6th May 2018:

Joep & Sissy: a Catamaran in Croatia

We were very happy to offer support and training service for two days to our clients Joep and Sissy Winkles on their chartered catamaran “Eveline “(Lagoon 400) from marina Pomer, Croatia.

Joep and Sissy are regular sailors and charter clients and enjoy holidays blue water sailing with family and friends, they also enjoy more extreme sailing and take part in a few regattas each year, but always on-board mono hulls. This was their first catamaran charter and they were very excited and really looking forward to a relaxing week on-board a luxury cat.

Gabriel and I drove from Vienna to Pomer early morning Sunday 6thto be on hand and offer support to Joep and Sissy while they practice the basic catamaranmaneuversbefore they headed off on their holiday.

Using the SCI handbook “How to Dock and Swing a Catamaran” as our training guide, together we started by leaving the dock side with Sissy at the helm, “Perfect!” next we docked stern first then exited the dock using spring lines, we found a local pier for our sideways moves and by using the Cat walk method Sissy and Joep both took the helm, our moto for the days was “Slow is pro!” as all manoeuvres went perfectly.

Due to high winds on Sunday we planned to hoist the sails on Monday in lighter air and practice picking up a buoy and the anchoring.

Monday, we headed out at 10.00, we went for a cruse up the coast, the wind was gusting between 16 and 20 Kn, giving us the perfect opportunity to hoist the sails and test on-board equipment

We found a peaceful anchorage for the night at Trget and enjoyed a well-deserved dinner of pasta and local red wind and watched the sunset, it could not have been a better end to a perfect day.

Tuesday morning, Joep ferried us to Trget pier with the dingy and we found a taxi to return us to Pomer marina where we left the car.

Joep said “We were a little nervous about chartering a catamaran, with just the two of us, but with the support from Frank and Gabriel on the first couple of days our confidence returned and the week was really relaxed”.

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