Wind Reel Penn

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on April 2, 2012

Wind Reel Penn

The South Westerly Course And The Prevailing 12 Knot Mistral Produced A Wind Angle Of 90 Degrees For The First Part Of The Race And 5 Boats Ran One Another Off To The Left Side Of The Course While The Resultant Winner Alan Woodward Stuck To The Rum Line With The Other Four Yachts Of The Ten Matching Beneteau First 45's.

Croatia Yacht Rally 2011 meandered toward its conclusion in Dubrovnik last week with a race from Korcula to Mljet, a distance of just twelve miles.

The 'Pearl of the Adriatic ', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became a crucial Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Though seriously ruined by a quake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to save its pretty Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, priories, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration program co-ordinated by UNESCO.

The 'Pearl of the Adriatic ', on the Dalmatian coast, was a very important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Though seriously damaged by a quake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to save its pretty Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, priories, palaces and fountains.

Dubrovnik was set up in the first part of the 7th century by a grouping of refugees from Epidaurum, who established their settlement at the island and named it Laus. The Latin name Ragusa (Rausa), in use until the fifteenth century, originated from the rock (Lat. Lausa = rock). Opposite that location, at the foot of Srcic ; Mountain, the Slavs developed their own settlement using the name of Dubrovnik, obtained from the Croatian word dubrava, meaning oak woods. When the channel that separated these two settlements was filled in the 12th century they were united. From the time of its corporation the city was under the protection of the Byzantine Empire ; after the Fourth Crusade the town came under the sovereignty of Venice (1205-1358), and by the Treaty of Zadar in 1358 it became part of the Hungarian-Croatian Kingdom, when it was effectively a republican free say reached its top in the fifteenth and 16th centuries. An economic crisis in Mediterranean shipping and, more especially, a disastrous earthquake on April 1667 that levelled most of the public buildings, wrecked the welfare of the Republic. This forceful earthquake came as a significant point in the city's development.

Dubrovnik is a surprisingly well-preserved example of a late-medieval walled town, with a regular street layout. Among the outstanding medieval, Renaissance and Baroque monuments within the wonderful fortifications and the enormous gates to the town are the City Hall (now the Rector's Palace), dating from the eleventh century ; the Franciscan Priory (finished in the 14th century, but now mostly Baroque in appearance) with its imposing church ; the intensive Dominican Priory ; the cathedral (reconstructed after the 1667 earthquake) ; the customs house (Sponza), the eclectic appearance of which exposes the proven fact that it is the work of one or two hands over many years ; and a number of other Baroque churches, for example that of St Blaise (guardian saint of the city).

The first Global heritage preservation site consisted solely of the defences and the intra-mural town. It was later extended to include the Pile medieval commercial suburb, a planned development of the 15th century, and the Lovrijenac Fortress, found on a cliff, which was doubtless started as early as the eleventh century, but owes its present appearance to the 15th and 16th centuries. Also included were the Lazarets, built in the early 17th century to house potential plague-carriers from abroad, the late 15th-century Kase moles, built to protect the port against south-easterly gales, and the Revelin Fortress, dating from 1449, which was built to order the city moat on its north side.

Six yachts finish in the same minute on the water!

The south westerly course and the present twelve knot mistral produced a wind angle of ninety degrees for the first part of the race and 5 boats ran one another off to the left side of the course while the eventual winner Alan Woodward stuck to the rum line with the other 4 yachts of the ten matching Beneteau First 45's. The fleet at last came together as the finish line approached and at the end 6 of the ten yachts completed in the same minute on the water. The match racing hot shots filled up the last 5 placings.

The post-race dinner at the Bourbon eaterie in Polace set the scene for a Roman style party, suitable because Polace boasts the remains of a Roman villa.
All of the northwards end of Mljet is a nationwide park and the lay day was spent walking thru the luxuriant pine forests that surround Lake Jezero.

The following and last race was set on a course across to Kobas on the mainland but dawn broke on a glassy sea with really small chance of wind. Around 12 nonetheless , and to everyone's surprise, a 12 knot south easterly filled in around 1pm and the fleet worked across the passage on a flat sea in perfect summer conditions. Once again the fleet split and people who stayed to sea caught the yachts seeking non-existent lifts along the shore. After a run to the finish the yachts again completed in a 'heap'.

The machiavellian Alan Woodward of the Royal Brighton Yacht Club stayed out of the match racing frays between Roger Hickman, Steve Barlow from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and David Buckman from the Port Lincoln Yacht Club. Alan ultimately won the day on handicap from Alan Hare, a racing novice who delighted in leading the famous Roger Hickman for a very important part of the last race.

The final two nights at the sumptuous Dubrovnik Palace Hotel saw a gentle wind down from an excellent rally sailed in perfect conditions.
The 2012 Croatia Yacht Rally will be run by Mariner Cruising during the same fourteen days of 2012 and should be enhances by a new event in Croatia to the north of Split in the Kornati Islands. The Croatia Kornati Yacht Rally will be sailed in the 1st two weeks of Sep. Again a matched fleet of yachts will be used, all with battened mains, treble spreader rigs, folding propellers and deep keels. 3 double cabins will supply spacious accommodation and a 4th twin cabin will offer storage for baggage.

Details of the 2012 Croatia Yacht Rally are available on the internet and details of the Croatia Kornati Yacht Rally will shortly be available, writes tagza.com.

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