Meeting up with Kelly and James

by Adrian on July 23, 2008

What an amazing change the last couple of days has been. We finally met up with our friends who work on the superyacht Magdalus Terzo.

For the past week we’ve been heading north up through the last few of Croatia’s islands into the notorious Velebetski Kanal. Today we had a break in the weather so headed out early from Krk harbour and motored then sailed around the Krk island into the Kanal in the lee of the huge Velebet mountains. The mountains were dark and forboding but fortunately our route north was reasonably clear with moderate 15-20 knot winds to sail in. 

Jax had been in touch with Kelly on Magdalus and had said they were moored in a harbour called Novi Vindoloski. Needless to say by the time we reached there, we couldn’t find a superyacht anywhere. Bemused, we called and found they were moored at anchor a couple of miles away in a tucked away little cove.

We arrived amid slightly rising winds so anchored near to them and rowed over in out little tender to say hi. Fortunately the owners weren’t on board so we went aboard to catch up. The boat is 35m (115 feet) long and seems absolutely huge. Inside it is just like being on land – everything is so solid with a large galley, huge fridges, proper bathrooms, 240v mains power, proper rooms, etc. The boat has five full time crew that live aboard in their own quarters. Kelly is the stewardess responsible for the interior and looking after guests. Jax and her were room mates and drinking buddies back at the Sailing academy in Cowes last year. The captain is James, who we both met and knew whilst there. James is an amazing young man, who at 24 is one of the first new breed of superyacht captains that have specifically trained for the role through the new training structures, a bit like pilots. 

Since the wind was forecast to get up and they weren’t expecting to be busy with owners, we were invited to come alongside and moor up in their shelter. They were tucked away filling a little bay with 75m of anchor chain out and about 6 heavy lines ashore keeping them from moving. The winds were forecast to get up to 50knots that evening so we were grateful for the shelter – otherwise we’d have had to shoot off to a different safe anchorage.

Our boat isn’t huge, but its been our home for the past two months and over the past few years, and seems well equipped and has all we need. Its amazing how small it looked next to Magdalus. We moored successfully and hung alongside them. They weigh about 150 tonnes, so our 8½ didn’t really make any difference.

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