Sailing down the river

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Food u have to eat when in Croatia…..


If you sail in Croatia you will have to eat something too…. so here are some recommendations…..

Pasticada is a must  ( if you find it anywhere in the restaurants, when you                     read the recipe you´ll understand why). There is a good one on the island of Prvic.


The recipe

Pašticada is a stewed beef dish cooked in special sauce, popular in Croatia. It is often called Dalmatinska pašticada because it originates in Dalmatia. It requires long and meticulous preparation, which includes marinating the beef in vinegar, lemon and rosemary for at least 24 hours. The marinated beef is then cooked with carrots, cloves, nutmeg, red wine and diced prosciutto for two hours, depending on the amount of meat. In Croatia, it is a meal for important feasts, including weddings and Mardi Gras. It is usually served with gnocchi or wide noodles. It is similar to daube provençale, although it is not clear whether they share a common origin

-Kornati lamb if you sailed in Croatia and if u passed through Kornati you can´t come to me with the story that you haven´t tried Kornatilamb.


Kornati lamb is very special because it doesn´t drink a lot of fresh water cause of lack of fresh water.  Grass they consume is sprayed with salt water and that gives the meat that something special.

If you continue sailing through Kornati archipelago on almost every Menu you will find a meal called Peka.

Peka is the name of Croatian meat specialty. It is usually prepared when you have friends or family gathering. It is prepared under open fire, therefore the most suitable for outdoor activities.

Peka Croatian food specialtyPeka, a domed clay or metal pot placed in an open hearth and heaped with hot coals. Concentrating flavors and aromas under its top, the peka produces exquisitely savory dishes. It is delicious way to cook meet, poultry, seafood and even great testing bread.

This Veal peka is very popular and fine meat dish from Croatia. Simple and jet demanding in its preparation it is great for family or friends gathering for special occasions. Gathering around the fireplace, drinking aperitif and enjoying delicious smells from arriving from peka is unique experience

Brudet …why not

Popular around the Dalmatian coast, brudet is a type of Croatian fish soup similar to bouillabaisse. Generally including three or more different kinds of fish. The soup is never stirred while cooking, in order to prevent the fish flesh from breaking up.


Brudet usually includes both onions and garlic, as well as tomato puree. Cherry tomatoes or full-sized tomatoes may also be added. Parsley, bay leaves, lemon juice, and salt and pepper are usually added for seasonings. White wine, or wine vinerga, fish stock, and extra virgin olive oil provide the liquid elements of this dish.Depending on the recipe, the fish may or may not be marinated before being added to the stew. The marinade may include olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and parsley. Usually, the fish is marinaded for a few hours.


And of course we wont forget all the other sea food we cook various ways, fish, calamarie, octopus,…….

latin sail…..

The local people from Betina can really be proud in their “Regatta for body and soul”and the sailing event that promotes healthy living by the sea. It is a sort of competition of the old sailing ship  that once a year in August show the performance of its grandeur in the manner of the famous shipbuilder of Betina.even older women sailed them

Nine years ago this race was established to promote Betina gajeta as “the most successful type of wooden boat, which the farmers and fishermen for centuries were confirming its outstanding quality,” so proud to say people from Betina. The rich program brings every year a lot of interesting things, from sailing to the liking of competitive races, with drinks and food, and lots of good songs and moods.

If you find yourself in mid-August near the island of Murter, do not miss this event. “Race for body and soul” returns us to the romantic history of wooden boats and white sails. Regatta carries the atmosphere in which most were not only win but to enjoy the special, the old way of life with the sea.

Every year there is more and more boats joining “Regatta for body and soul”. First time regatta started it didn´t have more than 5 boats and it was held only on the island of Murter……today every year there is more than 50 boats in the  “Regatta for body and soul” and every other small village around the island of Murter is organizing the same event to keep the tradition of wooden boats alive.

What is a propkick

To understand how the propkick works, lets cover some basic facts.

  • you can steer your boat only if you are moving and as long as you have water flowing over your rudder you will be in control and the point is to be always in control.
  • you can steer your boat by using your engine or using your sails

We will stick to the engine and try to give you how it looks like when you use your engine in going ahead ( forwards ) and going astern ( reverse ).

We said that you can steer your boat only if you have water flowing over your rudder, therefore when you put your engine ahead propeller is flushing water over your rudder and therefore soon as you put your engine ahead anywhere you turn your wheel (tiller) boat will turn,  because of the water flow over your rudder.As shown on the pic.

But the problem starts when you start reversing, because the engine is flushing water now over your keel and therefore you don´t get steerage immediately ´cause the prop is flushing water over your keel.Now you have to wait for the whole boat to get moving to get flow over your rudder and while you waiting two more things will try to mess up your manoeuvering and those are :

The Wind & The Prop walk

The Wind will blow your bow away, reason why he is blowing your bow away,  is cause that is the lightest point of your boat. All you can do is just wait for your boat to get flow over the rudder soon as that happens you will be in charge again. To make it easier for yourself, when you manoeuvering around just make sure that you have enough space around you when mooring, cause soon as you get steerage you are in charge again. And do not forget soon as you get going, you have to maintain your speed, to keep your boat where you want him to be. If the wind start to blow your bow away while you reversing you are too slow, Maintain your safe speed, which is not always the slowest when manoeuvering.

 The prop walk

Prop walk is also known as, asymmetric blade effect, asymmetric thrust and P-effect.

Prop walk is caused by the angle of the propeller shaft to the water surface; if there is no angle, then there is no prop walk. For an increase in either the diameter or pitch of the propeller the effect is increased.
The effect is present in both forward and reverse gears. In forward gear the forces act to yaw the boat to starboard. In forward gear the effect is easily overcome by the rudder. In reverse gear the rudder is less effective making prop walk more obvious and difficult to control.

The best way to see which way your prop walk is kicking your stern, is if you engage your engine into reverse    , look on which side of your boat the water has been flushed  forwards. Port or starboard side. If the water has been flushed over your port side, then your stern is going to kick to starboard,  If the water has been flushed over your starboard side, then your stern is going to kick to port. Easy isn´t it. 

So lets summaries: When going astern ( reversing ) three things are going to effect your manoeuvres

1. waiting for the rudder to get flow

2. Prop walk

3. The wind

All of those will disappear soon as you get going astern, and make sure to maintain your speed.