2015-10-28 Albania – Chris Smith

     Wednesday 28th October

         Chris Smith and Cocky Taanman

Unlikely Places: Albania and Ukraine


Durres – Albania’s second port  

Two of the best known Mediterranean cruising grounds, Ionian and Croatia, are separated by 150 miles of Albania. So Chris would like to know why he met only six other cruising yachts during his two weeks in Albanian waters. Is it the mines (6,000 destroyed in 2013), the lack of yacht-friendly harbours or just the reputation? Find out why he confesses to breathing a sigh of relief when it was all over, but was also so glad to have been there. In contrast the Ukraine, now forbidden, made wonderful sailing for them in 2012.They recommend all of the non-Russian Black Sea if you’re looking for uncrowded sailing and who doesn’t long for the excitement of the Bosphorus?



Ukrainian Coastguards at work


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