We say goodbye to the visiting crew in Hvar, back on board the boat feels huge! In the end nine on board didn't feel to cramped, and with five - well it feels positively spacious!
Another great strategy for appreciating what you have.
We have a few traditions on board Hector when we have visiting crew. Firstly, there is the dance, the new crew are required to dance on the bow to our leaving port song - Beautiful Day, by U2. You can see the Mann Clan's moves on the below video (The scotching hot deck helped to get them moving!).
Secondly we have Crew in Charge Day, when the skipper hands over the helm to the visitors. Always a bit nerve wreaking for the skipper.
Dave was like a duck to water - a real natural, Anna....
..is an excellent cook.
It's the clear water, the friendly bar owners, the great food, the safe mooring, the chocolate lab... now if we could just do something about all those charter boats....
And lets not forget the fantastic breakfast boat - fresh croissants delivered.
Another pretty town on the other side of Vis Island from Komiza. Again we ended up getting a mooring buoy, not cheap but Sam and I got to go ashore and have a nice lunch minus children happy that the boat was safe (oh and the children too!).
It was pretty quiet here - must be a short season for those who rely on tourism for a living.
Life after Hector project?
Couldn't resist checking up on the boat ..
Lunch. We ordered seafood cocktail thinking we get something resembling, although obviously not as good as, Grans version. Instead we got a cold risotto style rice with seafood, delicious -just not what we expected. We also had some great shrimps and the local beer. For dessert we discovered Madjaraka cake and Cvijet biscuits (fennel and brandy) - going to have to get a recipe!
This is a lovely little beach hidden in a little cove. Unfortunately, it is very busy and so full it lost some of its charm.
We finally made it to Vis Island and decided to try one of the local specialties - Lamb Peka. A slow cooked meal simmered under a cast iron bell shaped lid.
We also had some fish pate which was lovely too.
On the hill above Vela Luka on Korkula, there is a cave where the remains of the oldest Mediterranean was found. It is describes a layered cake with thousands of years of sediment containing the remains of many civilizations, including 17,500 pottery.
Also a great view from the top of Hector down on the quay.
This is a lovely little town, with a great feel. Tourism is here but it has left too much of a mark. We picked up a mooring buoy and spent two nights enjoying it. Anna and Dave went off for a leisurely lunch inland while Sam and I took the kids to the beach. Ice creams (yes again), a kayak and a lilo and everyone was happy.
Jessica and Camille in perfect time while Anastasia chills out.
Riley and Jessica's turn to get towed.
Our Lady of the Pirates. There's a lovely story about this church getting renamed after pirates stole a wooden statue of Mary from the church, they were later ship-wreaked and the statue floated back to the church unharmed.
We take a spot on the quay at Vela Luka on Korkula Island and Riley and Jessica discover their new favourite pass time - walking the plank!
There is always room for a vineyard.
A cute little church, St Vincents, can't hold more than ten people.
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.