Sailor’s Tattoos

Nautical tattoos have been reinvented by many artists, in many styles…

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Sea is one of the most dangerous and unstable environments for men, and a good metaphor of life. It is not surprising then that sailors were among the first to be tattooed, to ward off fate and express their experiences. Most of the nautical tattoos were originally talismans for good luck. Nautical tattoos were first old-school, but now they have been reinvented by many artists, in many styles.

An anchor is a symbol of safety and stability. It was inked by those who have successfully crossed the Atlantic. If it is teamed with a banner, the name or words on it would give the reason to stay grounded (a family member, lover or philosophy).

A rope tattoo on the wrist was indicative of a deckhand.

Nautical star tattoo is a representative of the North Star which is used for navigation on water. It is meant to guide you back to safety.

A fully rigged ship is supposed to denote that the sailor has sailed around Cape Horn.

Crossed anchors tattoo. When done between the index finger and thumb is supposed to denote a Boatswain mate. On the left hand it meant a sailor who sailed all oceans and on the right hand it indicated a sailor who had been on the Seven seas.

Pin-ups are of course iconic sailor tattoos. With sailor hats or clothes, they symbolize the girl waiting at home. As mermaids, they mean the dangerous beauty of sea (and life).

Rooster and pig tattoo is supposed to denote the surviving of a sailor from a shipwreck.

A swallow tattoo (migratory birds who can always find the way home). Sailors like the symbolism of being always being able to make it to the shore and thereby to home and back to the company of the loved ones. On the other hand, swallows are known to carry the souls of dead people off to heaven.

A dragon tattoo – was used to denote that the sailor had been to China or had served in a China station.

A golden dragon denoted the crossing of the International date line.

5 reasons why you need a Skipper

Skipper is the master of a small fishing, trading or pleasure boat…

Definition of Skipper: the master of a ship; especially: the master of a fishing, small trading, or pleasure boat.

b6zo2bqTop five reasons why you should hire a Skipper:

1. A good Skipper can tell you quite a few tips and tricks and you can learn how to maneuver the boat, trim the sails properly and anchor safely.

2. An experienced Skipper will plan the route for you, so you can swim in nice bays, visit cool places and eat in great restaurants.

3. A Skipper will be able to find a berth and anchor the boat safely where you otherwise couldn’t do it yourself.

4. In case of a breakdown (e.g. engine failure), a Skipper will know how to fix it, or will be able to find someone who can.

5. You can relax and enjoy your sailing experience knowing you are in good hands.

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…so get in touch & let’s set sail;) sasa.fegic@gmail.com

2016 Racing photo gallery

HIR 3 – 2016 Racing season: La Mula de Parenzo, 48. Barcolana, 72. Viška regata, Zadarska Koka 2016.

HIR 3 – 2016 Racing season: 

La Mula de Parenzo

48. Barcolana

72. Viška regata

Zadarska Koka 2016.

Thank’s to my good crews for everything! Copyright: HIRovci.

Set sail on board HIR 3!

HIR 3 is getting ready for another great adventure… We will sail around the World! There is still a lot of work to be done, but she will soon be ready for sailing in the home waters of the Adriatic, so I am inviting everyone who is interested to join us…

HIR 3 is getting ready for another great adventure… We will sail around the World! There is still a lot of work to be done, but she will soon be ready for sailing in the home waters of the Adriatic, so I am inviting everyone who is interested to join us for a day, weekend, week or an ocean crossing… This year will be a test for HIR and the crew. It will be a great opportunity to get to know each other and the boat and sailing in the Adriatic is mandatory for anyone who would like to join us in our great adventure…

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You can find a table with dates and ports which I plan to visit at the end of this post. Unfortunately (or not) the plans on the sea can change easily, so when you plan your trip, please be flexible as much as possible. A few days of bad weather can change all the plans and we will need to adjust our schedule in relation with the meteorological conditions.

In case you decide to be part of this fantastic project full of awesome sailing, easy life, good parties, great food and excellent company, you will need to accept some terms and conditions that the captain of the boat will require:

1. We kindly ask for a small donation for the project and sailing expenses are shared by the crew,

2. HIR 3 is a great boat, but she is an old lady that has her own will and sometimes we will need to accommodate her so she is happy as we are:)

3. There are maximum of 5 spaces on the boat so in the case of a big request, the choice of crew will be left on the captain (big boobs have the priority;)

4. We will all participate on the duties on board in relation with your capabilities, so if you do not now how to sail, do not worry, there is always some toilet to clean:)

5. It is obligatory for all the crew to have a good time!

2016 HIR 3 Sailing Advendure Calendar:

11.6. Regatta Fiumanka – Rijeka – 120€

22-26.6. Rota Palagruzona (Split-Komiža-Palagruža) – 200€

1-3.7. Festival Gospa od Tarca (Zadar-Kornati) – 200€

7-11.9. Festival Dani u Vali (Split-Starigrad) – 270€

17-18.9. La Mula de Parenzo – Poreč

24.9. Mrdujska Regatta – Split – 160€

9.10. Regatta Barcolana – Trieste – 160€

13-16.10. Viška Regatta (Split-Vis-Split) – 240€

22.10. Regatta Zadarska Koka – Zadar – 130€

10-20.11. Offshore Sailing – (Poreč-Dubrovnik-Poreč) – 320€

3-7.12. St. Nicholas festival (Split-Komiža) – 130€

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E-mail me for more info… sasa.fegic@gmail.com

Ideal crew

Can you really gather an ideal crew for sailing, or is it just a myth? I like to think that you can. I would rather sail with a complete beginner who has the most important qualities written below, than with a world champion who lacks at least one of these.

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Can you really gather an ideal crew for sailing, or is it just a myth? I like to think that you can. Everyone is different and there are no rules here. Some skippers require total obedience, others perfect fitness and sailing skills. I even found one piece of advice that says, I quote: ‘The only way to find a good crew is to marry one’. Great advice. I would love to do it, but a perfect marriage is probably also a holy grail that is as difficult to find as a perfect crew member.

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I have sailed with many different crews over the years and I came to a conclusion that sailing skills are not important at all. I am experienced enough that I can teach sailing and seamanship to almost anyone, but I am not a wizard and I cannot change anyones personality. I would rather sail with a complete beginner who has the most important qualities written below, than with a world champion who lacks at least one of these.

1. Tolerance
Without a doubt, the most important quality for a crew member is tolerance. You have to be able to tolerate other peoples habits and flaws and be very diplomatic when resolving problems and talking about mistakes that were made.

2. Determination
Crew member must be determined that he/she really wants to sail on that boat, otherwise when even the smallest problems occur, people will quit. Determined crew will overcome everything to reach the goal, from bad weather to bad cooking.

3. Good will
If you really want to sail, you will probably make an effort to make it happen no matter what. A good will is definitely one of the most important requirements for a crew member.

4. Improvisation
It helps if a crew member is a mechanic, electrician or a doctor, but knowing how to improvise on the boat is the most important skill of all. Out on the ocean, you never have the right parts or tools, but if you know how to think out of the box, you will always be able to sort out everything reasonably well.

5 Sense of adventure
You have to be at least a little adventurous to set sail and to be able to really enjoy it, because you are actually going into unknown and you have to be ready to deal with anything that comes up your way.

I will give everyone a chance, so anyone who would like to join Hir 3 as a crew should apply for one of the sailing trips in the Adriatic in 2016. I will announce the dates and routes soon…

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I have also found a list of qualities that ideal racing crew would have:
1. Unquestioning obedience,
2. Doesn’t mind getting wet, cold and bored,
3. Doesn’t bruise easily,
4. Doesn’t complain when bruised,
5. Strong, silent and agile,
6. Enjoys being blamed for things that aren’t his fault,
7. Has a bent towards telepathy,
8. Impeccable time-keeper and recorder of courses,
9. Naturally good eyesight for spotting distant buoys (desirable magnification on ordinary eyes: 4×30)
10. Likes winning
11. Very good when loosing
12. Preferred hobbies: sewing, woodwork and swimming.

Men Wanted!

‘HIR 3’ needs crew! I would like to invite everyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the legendary sailing yacht to contact me. I need all the help I can get… because sooner we restore her, the sooner we can sail together!

‘HIR 3’ needs crew! I would like to invite everyone who is willing to help with the restoration of the legendary sailing yacht to contact me. I need all the help I can get… because sooner we restore her, the sooner we can sail together!!!

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We need equipment (the list below), help with working on the boat, electric installation, rigging check, promotion and fundraising, marketing, PR, crowd funding, photography and film making.

Equipment list:
– Ropes
– VHF DSC radio station
– Batteries, charger & cables
– Navigation lights
– Cushions
– Lazy bag, bimini & spray hood
– Spinlock tiller extension
– Winch handles
– Charts & Pilotbooks
– Lifejackets
– Lifebuoy
– Fog horn
– Barometer, thermometer & clock
– Flares
– Stove
– Gas installation
– Sea anchor
– Fire extinguishers
– Fenders

You can find us online:

Blog in Croatian: http://blog.vecernji.hr/hir3
Blog in English: https://hir3.wordpress.com/
E-mail: sasa.fegic@gmail.com
Mobile: +385 (0) 98 389 482
Skype: crosail
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sailingyacht.hir3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iJedrenje
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/sasa-fegic/60/554/a65
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ijedrenje
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/crosail

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I would also like to thank everyone who already helped with the project. Thanks to Maja for the work and support,  Jelena & Andrej for the hospitality and help, Tomislav for the work at the very beginning, Mario for borrowing the multi master tool, Davor for restoring the tiller and borrowing the tools, Tomislav for donating the protection masks, Elvis for all the work on antifouling, support and sponsorship, Special thank to Kruno for everything he did with the new electric installation and hospitality on his boat… and thanks to everyone who got in touch and supported the project. THANK YOU ALL!!!

My way

Whenever you are starting a new project, people are always keen on giving their opinions and advices. The same thing happened to me when I was thinking about buying ‘Hir 3’. I will probably do everything MY WAY! 🙂

Whenever you are starting a new project, people are always keen on giving their opinions and advices. The same thing happened to me when I was thinking about buying ‘Hir 3’. It was interesting because my friends who are beginners in sailing, or don’ even sail at all supported my idea… but people who I think know quite a bit about boats were all very much against me buying a boat in such a bad condition and they wanted to talk me out of it…

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I decided to buy ‘HIR 3’ because I just thought it was the right thing to do and that if I didn’t do it, that I would probably wonder for the rest of my life if I should have done it.

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Now that I started restoring her, everyone support me (at least they say that they do:), but again everyone has their own idea what I should do and how I should do it. Some people say that I should completely remove the interior and start from scratch, others have ideas on what to do with the deck equipment… I fell lucky that over the years I have learned a thing or two about boats, so I always listen to what everyone has to say, but in the end… I will probably do everything MY WAY! 🙂