44 57.4N 14 24.6E
Cres Wednesday 24th – Thursday 25th July
We had a pleasant motor sail to Cres town with the main doing some good to start with and then even managed to un- furl the jib as the wind backed to the west and freshened. We decided to phone up the ship yard to request a berth as by the time we were to going to arrive we thought the town quay would be full. They were most helpful and requested we call again once within 500metres. A young man was on the quay waving as we arrived and we duly reversed into a space with two mooring lines to hold us nice and secure. The yard is right in the town centre so much closer than the ACi marina but it is also private so we didn’t get the numerous tourists parading up and down past the boat which is what we saw happens on the town quay. The prices were a bit higher at the yard but we did have showers and toilets to use. The town of Cres is charming with many lanes and side alleyways hiding some lovely architecture and loads of tourist shops and restaurants etc. A very buzzy place in the evenings and in fact there was a live ‘drumming’ band playing for a couple of hours on the first night we were there. We did a fresh food shop on Thursday morning and then moved off the quay to the anchorage which lies to the south east of the floating dry-dock – about ½ a mile from where we were originally berthed. This proved to be secure and of course was free!
Having contacted Rob’s friend Vjeko in Opatija by phone we decided to push on north west and get to our ultimate northern destination on Friday 26th of July.