My flight arrived Saturday afternoon in Dubrovnik, and an hour later I was on board the yacht that would be my home for the next week. The skipper welcomed me on board, offered a drink, and showed me my cabin. The other guests, a British couple and three single guys from the Netherlands and Germany, soon arrived. As I am not a sailor, I felt more at ease when the skipper patiently explained what to expect on-board of a sailing yacht. The sailing itinerary for the next week along the Dalmatian Coast would be a leisurely tour along some of the more remote islands of Croatia.
But first we started with a walk on the rampart of the ancient fortress of Dubrovnik. I was amazed by the wonderful view that I had on these walls: red rooftops, churches, squares, a maze of narrow streets, and, beyond that, the Adriatic Sea twinkling. The next morning we set sail to Miljet, a long green island that doubles as a national park. How pleasant it was with the sun shining, a light breeze, and the gentle rocking of the yacht. All the guys were now laying on deck, relaxing while the yacht was finding its way through the Adriatic. We dropped anchor halfway in a secluded bay for a swim and lunch, which turned out to be quite a gourmet experience, but what else would you expect with eight gay men aboard a yacht. Once on Miljet, we rented bikes and rode through the national park on our way to see the ancient monastery.
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