Porto Montenegro – Friday 22 June 2018
So it was up at 6:30 and off the berth at 7:30. The weather seemed mild with only light winds. We made our way to Gruz, being the port of entry for Dubrovnik to sign out of the country. I was able to get through to the customs office on the VHF and they told us where to moor up on the customs quay and even had someone there to take our lines. But then we saw there was a huge queue of people, cars and lorries all waiting for clearance. At one stage we were told it might take 2 hours for them to get to us. On hearing this we thought maybe we would be better to go on to Cavtat and check out there. But when Richard went to the office to say we were thinking about that they said that today is a national holiday in Croatia and Cavtat might well be closed!
So we sat it out and in the end the delay was only just over an hour. But that did mean our journey to Montenegro was going to finish quite a bit later than we hoped.
The weather forecast was for southerly winds of about force 4. Richard thought that would be alright as we were going east south east. But with our luck that was not to be. It was a force 4 on the nose with a lumpy sea all the way to the bay of Kotor. Nothing for it but to motor into it, slowing us down a lot. We finally got to Porto Montenegro at about 5:30 and moored up on the customs pontoon to sign in. But what with all that it was 8pm by the time we were in our berth. We came here because it is easy to check in as they have all the facilities right here in the marina and because the weather forecast was for very strong winds over night and we wanted to be tucked up safe in case of that.
So far however, it is dead calm. We are in the far end of the marina, but they have a shuttle. Anyway if the weather is OK we will set off fairly early tomorrow to go to Kotor.