Storms coming from the West are usually strong, but they don't last very long.
We were "lucky" to experience two storms, one on our way south and one on our way back from our summer cruise.
Both times we were in safe anchorage, but still it was an adrenaline rush experience!
The first storm built up slowly, we were sleeping, and the lightning struck so close, the bang was so loud everyone jumped out of their beds!
The second one came in fast, we were having a lovely dinner at the restaurant, we noticed the flashes in the sky but thought it will pass by. Well, it didn't -- the wind was blowing with such force that chairs on the terrace were falling over. I went out to try to snap a picture of the storm (this is the best one out of 10 I made) and it was very scary. People who had boats anchored in the cove were running, pedaling and swimming towards their boats because anchors were giving up. We were lucky to catch probably the last mooring it the marina that afternoon, so we were enjoying the luxury of observing the amazing power of nature over fine food and wine.
There is only a narrow channel shallow enough for small boats. All you have to do is to steer towards the two seamarks that can be seen on the left of the picture and of next picture, on Kornat Island. If you maintain them lined up, it is OK. Once close to the shore, you steer first to starboard and second port side and it is done !
During our trip through Kornati, we spent one stormy night anchored at Vruje. Next morning we noticed "kanader" airplane frequently flying over the village - the lightning struck quite close to Vruje, and because of strong wind, the fire was spreading very fast. We met him several times during our slow ride between islands, where brave pilot was looking for patches of calm sea to collect water. These guys are amazing, they are doing it with their heart and soul - pay is low, schedule unpredictable, risks tremendous.
So when you see one fighting to preserve nature and peoples homes, wish him luck!
AND DON'T DISCARD CIGARETTES NOR ANYTHING THAT COULD SET THIS OR ANY OTHER PLACE ON FIRE!
Nearly done with the Mala Proversa. The main Kornati Island is in the background. Sailing in the Kornati is great, it is not very difficult, but anyway, you have to pay attention, and use the charts, as everywhere in the sea.
Mala Proversa is over ! Let us go to the Kornati ! But beware of the sun ! The sun is hitting hard and its reflection on the surface of the sea doubles its strength. Then, you have better to protect yourself or you will get badly sunburnt !