Selim's Logbook
About my sailing activities, and more ...

by Selim E. on Mon, 5th, Nov 2018

The moment when the engine stops, the yacht heels and silently starts plowing through waves has ever been a magic moment for me. The fact that a ship can be moved by the sole power of wind still fascinates me from a technical point of view. And I must admit, I often argue for my hobby by pointing out that sailing is an environmentally friendly activity. .
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by Selim E. on Fri, 21st, Sep 2018

It is still dark when I start the engine of my car and head for crossing of lake number 3 – Lake Atter (Attersee). Weather reports have told me that I must expect a base wind of 4-6kn from south and gusts up to 10kn. From my research with Google Maps and some phone calls to local harbors I found that a public slipway exists in Unterach (southernmost town) and a private one in Schörfling (northernmost town). When I arrive at Unterach, I am pretty alone at that time of the day. I buy a coffee at the Strandcafe and then I start preparing my Weta. Meanwhile some motorboaties have arrived at the slipway and start watering their boats. .
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by Selim E. on Tue, 18th, Sep 2018

At 6 am I get up to slip the boat into water. I have to paddle to get out of the little harbor. I am completely alone in the harbor except a beautiful white heron who keeps watch on the breakwater. I have to paddle towards the open water of Lake Balaton to catch the easterly morning breeze. My first way point is Tihany peninsula which separates the northern part from the southern part of the lake. A light wind blows at about 5 knots but I experience rather high waves. As I approach Tihany peninsula I enjoy my breakfast and the beautiful scenery of the peninsula with the monastery on top of a hill and the little ferry harbor. I keep an eye on the frequent ferries crossing my way as I pass by the peninsula at 9am. Meanwhile also other sail boats pop up on the lake. .
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by Selim E. on Mon, 17th, Sep 2018

Next step in my Seven Lakes Crossing project – Lake Balaton in Hungary. The largest (concerning km²) lake in Central Europe. Planning required much more time than for Lake Neusiedl but it is extremely exiting to delve into the facts around lake Balaton. .
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by Selim E. on Mon, 10th, Sep 2018

Start of my Seven Lakes Crossing project. I decided to start with my home lake Neusiedler See. I spent a weekend full of route planning and made some phone calls to local harbors and sailing schools regarding slipways to take my Weta Trimaran in and out of the water. Due to weather and slipway availability I decided to start the crossing in Neusiedl’s Eastern Port and finish in Mörbisch. I did want to go to the Hungarian part of Lake Neusiedl, but the southernmost part is inaccessible as it is a protected area of a National Park. It is theoretically possible to access Fertörakos, a Hungarian harbor south of Mörbisch, but I could not find out how depth conditions are between Mörbisch and Fertörakos. So I opted for Mörbisch as destination which I know quite well. .
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by Selim E. on Sat, 1st, Sep 2018

Final check of boat. We have breakfast and pack our stuff and leave boat around 10am. Before leaving for home we clean up the outer side of the breakwater from plastic debris. We collect around six mid size bags of plastic but are from finished. While we clean the breakwater base staff do not care as their own coffee cups get blown away by wind. I beg the base manager to be more careful and to advise his stuff. He says that he is aware of the problem but his people do not care. At around midday we leave Murter towards Austria. A heavy thunderstorm is approaching and as we leave heavy rain sets in and lasts for about 2 hours. .
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by Selim E. on Fri, 31st, Aug 2018

Wind again light in the morning, dying away around midday. In the morning we explore two artificial caves at the western head of Tratinska bay. The caves have probably erected as part of a fortification. When we enter the caves several bats suddenly flap around our heads. Caves are split into several tunnels after entrance but do not lead too far into the rocks, only 5-10 meters. We leave towards Jezera Marina around 3 pm and arrive at around 6pm at Jezera port. We set sails for a sudden short easterly breeze. Needed to fill up Diesel but only 12 liters. Base manager checks boat. Dinner again at Konoba Leut. .
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by Selim E. on Thu, 30th, Aug 2018

Wind decreasing at around midday. We leave Piskera under engine towards Zirje – our last station. We arrive there at around 6pm. No sailing today as wind is too weak. We moor our boat on a buoy in Tratinska bay. Friendly guy charges 200 Kuna for buoy. He speaks German and tells us stories. Brilliant night sky. .
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by Selim E. on Wed, 29th, Aug 2018

Wind again fresh. We do another walk on top of the cliffs. Swimming and Snorkeling until midday. We leave in early afternoon towards Piskera. Again lovely downwind sailing. We sail in southern direction between Kornat island and the western Kornati islands. Today my brother notices that one of the lead pulleys for jib is completely worn off and does not turn anymore. I have noticed a certain resistance when pulling in Genoa sheet before but could not think of such a defect. Fortunately the Genoa sheets glides quite easily round the pulley. However, I consider this a major and safety threatening defect to be included in the logbook. .
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by Selim E. on Tue, 28th, Aug 2018

Wind is still fresh. Around 12kn. Before breakfast I go snorkeling and I discover a lobster fishing cage on the seafloor at around 5m depth. The cage looks like it is abandoned. Several fishes are trapped inside. I decide to return with the girls to free the fish. After breakfast we return to the cage and try to encourage the fish (sea breams) to leave the cage by its small entry. All but one fish (the largest) manage to do so. The large one panics and is not able to find the exit but pushes hard against the lattice. My brother finally lifts the cage to the surface and tries to push him out. As the bream has already hurt himself I finally decide to grab him by his rear fin and pull him out. Happily? he disappears in the blue. Around midday we leave the bay towards Telasica bay on island Dugi Otok. Lovely sailing with wind force 3-4. I like the small passage between Kornat and Dugi Otok and the lake like feeling when entering Telasica bay. While tacking northwards towards Mir bay I am happy about the boats upwind performance. .
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