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21st April, 2014

Sibenik, Croatia

‘Schibenik’ is pronounced like the famous tonic, I was informed by the gentleman from the port authority who came on board with the officials once we had anchored.

The new berth had been promised (as it had last year), but although completed the depths had not been confirmed by government, so I do believe the poor chap was somewhat embarrassed by it all, hence coming on board with a variety of publicity ‘offerings’.

Having to anchor did make our half day call quite difficult operationally, particularly when the wind rose and started to cause us problems at the tender platform. The ship started to yaw and the anchor dragged a short way until more chain was released and the catenary extended.

All tour passengers managed to get away and had their full duration ashore, some of the independents may have been short changed by half an hour though. Fortunately many of them were in a fairly languid mood after the rigours of Venice the day before, our difficulties were appreciated and I never even heard the slightest little niggle.

What was appreciated was our departure through the spectacular Sibenik Canal, the very tight channel that takes the River Krka out into the Adriatic. Well over a mile long, it is narrow and winding, so much so that the experienced local pilot has to be assured the stern has cleared rocky outcrops before increasing the rate of turn.

The ships length is the limiting factor in this narrow channel and we, at 200 meters, are about the maximum that can safely make the transit around the tight bends.

Passing the impressive St. Nikolai fort, built around 1525, signified our passing into waters with more ‘space’ - a comfortable feeling.

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