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Vrsar, Croatia


Restoring a legendary but neglected Croatian sailing boat - HIR 3

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Share my dream of restoring HIR 3 (Caprice) and taking her around the world! She already did it 30 years ago. She was badly wounded during the war but miraculously survived. She has been neglected. Together we can give her the love she deserves!

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WHAT'S IN A NAME – EXCITING LIFE STORY OF HIR 3

The 34 feet (10 m) HIR 3 (Caprice) was born in Italian shipyard in 1979. Her first owner, famous Croatian sailor Mladen Šutej, went three times across the Atlantic and once around the world via Cape Horn with her.

Šutej gave her the name Caprice in honor of his grandfather who started to build his first boat at 65. When everybody started to get on his nerves with asking why, old man replied: 'It's my Caprice!'

She had a lead role in 35 series of bestselling documentary 'Jedrima oko svijeta' (Under sails around the world) produced by Croatian TV and directed by Mario Saletto. And Šutej wrote two bestselling books - 'Izazov Atlantika' (The Atlantic challenge) and 'Jedrilicom oko Cape Horna' (Sailing around Cape Horn). They both became stars in Yugoslavia, part of which was Croatia back then.

Soon after they came back from their voyage around the world winds of war started to blow in Croatia. She was docked in Dubrovnik marina, on the very front line. After heavy bombardment she ended up with 286 holes from grenades in her hull. She survived thanks to Šutej, who rushed there, quickly fixed the holes, and negotiated free passage for her, in between two fiercely confronting armies.

All you need is love

I met her when I was 14, making my first sailing steps in Šutej's sailing school. It was a love at first sight. He sold her soon after that and we lost connection. I almost completely forgot about her until I suddenly ran into her at the and of 2013 in port of Vrsar.

She was in desperate condition and looked like nobody’s taking care of her. She was completely covered in seaweed and seashells. Hull, deck and salon were horribly dirty. Lines were rotten and sails were torn apart.

But I just couldn’t let her go. Everybody who knows something about the boats told me I'm crazy for even thinking of buying her. Finally I realized that 'all you need is love' and I bought her in spring of 2014. in ‘as is’ condition.

With a little help of my friends I already achieved much by now. After thorough cleaning, replacing parts and painting she suddenly started to look like in the days of her biggest glory. But there's a long route ahead of us to achieve that again.

My goal is to restore and save her but my dream is to take her around the world again and to make a new documentary about that.

I INVITE YOU TO SHARE THAT DREAM WITH ME AND HELP ME MAKE IT COME TRUE!

Essential equipment that she needs:

  • VHF DSC Radio Station, flares, life jackets - $1200
  • New gas installation and stove - $1000
  • Winch handles, ropes, blocks, fenders, boat hook - $800
  • Bosun's chair, harnesses, MOB rescue equipment - $900
  • Life raft - $ 1000
  • Charts, Pilot books, GPS, EPIRB - $1400
  • New genoa & storm sails - $1800
  • Wind vane autopilot - $1900

With that I'll be able to register her and test her at the Adriatic. During 2015 I plan to visit all major regattas as well as tourist and maritime heritage events. I plan to set sails around the World in autumn 2016.

I have some cool gifts for you:

1. Dream sharer title - $10 donation

2. Pirate magnet - $15 donation

3. HIR 3 crew T-shirt - $30 donation

4. Seaman's book - $40 donation

5. My first boat - $70 donation

6. Adopt a dolphin - $90 donation

7. Join me for a day of sailing (course) on HIR 3 - $130 donation

8. Join me for a weekend sailing (course) on HIR 3 - $230 donation

9. Join me for a five days of sailing (course) on HIR 3 - $500 donation

If you would like to hear about sponsorship option please get in touch with TravelStarter at info@travelstarter.com

Project's friends:

Croatian National Tourist Board, Ve?ernji list, Croatian Travelers Club, EOL nautika, Blue World Institute, Kids boat building workshop, StolArt, Sailing Europe, Alter Adria

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She was in desperate condition and looked like nobody’s taking care of her

She was in desperate condition and looked like nobody’s taking care of her

I couldn't even breathe in the salon because of the smell

I couldn't even breathe in the salon because of the smell

But with a little help of my friends I already achieved much

But with a little help of my friends I already achieved much

And she suddenly started to look like in the days of her biggest glory

And she suddenly started to look like in the days of her biggest glory

Glory days - the route around the world via Cape Horn

Glory days - the route around the world via Cape Horn

Cape Horn Club certificate

Cape Horn Club certificate

Cape Horn

Cape Horn

Filming of a documentary 'Jedrima oko svijeta' (Under sails around the world)

Filming of a documentary 'Jedrima oko svijeta' (Under sails around the world)

Bombing of Dubrovnik marina

Bombing of Dubrovnik marina

Sailing school for juniors on board of HIR 3

Sailing school for juniors on board of HIR 3

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Saša Fegić
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Saša Fegić
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Hir 3
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Zagreb, Croatia
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About

Hi! I'm a 36 years old skipper and sailing instructor from Zagreb, Croatia. I've set sails for the first time at the age of 12. And I heaven't stopped ever since.

I'm also an editor of the biggest and most influential sailing news site in Croatia - www.iJedrenje.com.

With some of my friends, three years ago I founded Dobro More (Fair sea) sailing club, which now gathers more than 200 sailing and sea enthusiasts.

My biggest dream is to sail around the world onboard of HIR 3. She already proved that she could do it. Now, it is up to us to make it happen...

Company
Hir 3
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
Position in team
Captain - team leader
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About

Hi! I'm a 36 years old skipper and sailing instructor from Zagreb, Croatia. I've set sails for the first time at the age of 12. And I heaven't stopped ever since.

I'm also an editor of the biggest and most influential sailing news site in Croatia - www.iJedrenje.com.

With some of my friends, three years ago I founded Dobro More (Fair sea) sailing club, which now gathers more than 200 sailing and sea enthusiasts.

My biggest dream is to sail around the world onboard of HIR 3. She already proved that she could do it. Now, it is up to us to make it happen...

Team Members

Maja Polić

First mate

Maja is a sailor, art historian, ethnologist and a tourist guide.


Tomislav Bradić

Second mate - PR & marketing

Journalist by occupation, sailor by chioce. Sea addict.


Branko Vilus

Third mate - magic maker

Branko is a cameraman, editor and director. He is responsible for HIR 3 video production.


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64 funders


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35% Raised
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$3,585

raised

of $10,000 target

by

64 funders


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Rewards Offered

Publicity
Publicity

Fund $10 or more

Share a dream

Souvenir
Souvenir

Fund $15 or more

Pirate magnet

Souvenir
Souvenir

Fund $30 or more

HIR 3 crew T-shirt & Pirate magnet

Souvenir
Souvenir

Fund $40 or more

Seaman's book & HIR 3 crew T-shirt

Souvenir
Souvenir

Fund $70 or more

My first boat & HIR 3 crew T-shirt

Souvenir
Souvenir
limited

Fund $90 or more

Adopt a dolphin

Transportation
Transportation
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Fund $130 or more

Join me for a day of sailing (course) on HIR 3

Accommodation
Accommodation
limited

Fund $500 or more

Join me for five days of sailing (course) on HIR 3

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