Sailor and photographer, Anita joined me for the last few days in Venice, and then we set sail for a long day sailing to Piran on the narrow coastline of Slovenia. The day began early and some lovely sailing in a generally eastward direction. Then the wind died (as forecasted) and we motored in very hot, sunny and calm conditions until the wind picked up (as forecasted) for our last few hours sailing. Then just as we were preparing the boat to enter Piran harbour the wind strengthened (not as forecasted) and just as we tied the boat alongside the harbour wall, the wind hit 52knots (definitely not as forecasted!). Soon afterwards a German yacht entered the harbour with the foresail badly torn and we helped them to tie up next to us in crazy conditions, and the next day I was able to moor in the town harbour for a few days.
Piran is a beautiful town, and a summer festival of live music in Piazza Tartini added to the special occasion of my first visit to Slovenia. I missed a planned trip to the capital city Llubljana, but cycled to the main resorts on the short Slovenian coastline….Portoroz, Izola and Koper.