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Old 13-10-2015, 01:18   #1
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Split to Corfu

Negotiating Bavaria 30 in Split need to take to Corfu once deal is done will be sailing beginning Nov 2015 . Am a bit wary of weather this time of year no hurry though . Will appreciate any advice .

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Re: Split to Corfu

Just watch the weather and if gets a bit iffy you can always duck along the coast. Montenegro is a bit expensive but good shelter as is Albania. So you do have a lot of options. Study the charts of the coast going south. OH do not try to anchor off Albania unless you have cleared in someplace along the line. Same for Montenegro.
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Lot's of shelters on the way. You have just to stay put when the weather is bad and took the time it is needed to make it safely..and that can be considerable depending on the weather.

Only on Albania you have less marinas but there is one where you don't have to take time with the entry papers (British managed with the support of Albanian authorities). If you can avoid Montenegro that is a very nice place to cruise, but where you have to pay a tax, just to sail there.

Most of all don't start with a fixed expectation about when you are going to arrive to Corfu, take the needed time and don't take risks and all will be fine.
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There is only one real marina in Albania and it is in Orikum south of Vlore in the bay there. It is owned by a combo Italian/Albania folks but run by an Italian named Luigi.
You can stop by Schengjin and do a Med mooring on their dock but it is a ferry dock but you can check in there and let them know you are in the country. Nice folks there. From there you can hop along the coast and anchor just before Durres in a cove that has some good protection. You can also go into Durres and tie up in the port and lots of boats do that and the Albanians know how to do it well. From there the next good protection is Vlore and you can tie to their dock or go on down to Orikum. From Orikum you can stop at Palermo where you can tie to a dock behind an Ali Pasha fort if you need protection. Then a hop to Sarande and they have a couple of places for small boats to tie up to.
That will put you across from Corfu Island but Corfu town is a few hours farther south.

Hope this helped.
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There is only one real marina in Albania and it is in Orikum south of Vlore in the bay there. It is owned by a combo Italian/Albania folks but run by an Italian named Luigi.
Guess you are right, Italian not British then but what I mean is that if you stop there you don't have to go to an official entry port to make a boat entry, one way or another they have a way of skimping it with at least the complacency of local authorities.
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Thank you for your valuable information
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Re: Split to Corfu

My advice is a little different. We have spent most winters at anchor in both the Ionian and Aegean over the last 8 years. November is the time of year the first storms can come through, either from the N or S (we have had both), so caution is needed, especially with a boat newly purchased.

You do get patches of several days (usually not more) of moderate winds in a consistent direction. This is a trip less than 300nm. I would suggest picking a three day window of 15-20 knot northerlies and simply making the passage in one go. This is not a time of year to be taking it easy and sightseeing. You may need to wait a couple of weeks for ideal conditions, but the caution is worthwhile.

Certainly look closely at all the places you could pull into along the way, as particularly with a boat new to you, unforseen problems may occur, but I suggest aiming to make the passage in one go unless time is unlimited and you can sit and wait in Montenegro for the next good forecast.

While you are waiting in Split for ideal conditions, it would be a good idea to head out for a few day trips as a "shake down". Split has lots of facilities for repair, there is little along the way to Corfu.

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Thank you this is a great help
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couple of years ago, there was warning out for pirates off albania.

Has this gone away ?
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couple of years ago, there was warning out for pirates off albania.

Has this gone away ?

We have heard this so many times it is getting almost laughable. By the way we have also heard the entire coast has sea mines, there is no food, the people are hostile to people, it is well you name it.

We have sailed it twice and really glad we did. The people are great, the cities clean and wonderful, food is wonderful and it is just a plain wonderful country.

It is one of the greatest countries we have been to and that is a lot as we have been to over 40.
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Re: Split to Corfu

Take a look at the World Cruising Wiki (if you haven't already done so). The info on southern Croatia, Albania and Montenegro is bang up to date with recent photos.

Montenegro is well worth a stop of a few days if you have time and caters better for yachts than Albania (which, apart from Orikum, doesn't).

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We have heard this so many times it is getting almost laughable. By the way we have also heard the entire coast has sea mines, there is no food, the people are hostile to people, it is well you name it.

We have sailed it twice and really glad we did. The people are great, the cities clean and wonderful, food is wonderful and it is just a plain wonderful country.

It is one of the greatest countries we have been to and that is a lot as we have been to over 40.
That is very interesting, so interesting that I would ask you to open a thread about it. I am interested and I believe a lo of people would be too.
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