Croatia has a stunning coastline to explore. Historic towns and cities, islands and secluded anchorages. Ideal for leisurely short hops, or for the more adventurous perhaps take a one way trip between bases.
There are numerous modern well-equipped purpose-built marinas with a full range of facilities, and smaller towns and harbours often have moorings laid to the quay or buoys. The indented coastline has many uninhabited coves where anchoring is possible. During the peak summer months berthing can be crowded, so planning each day's itinerary and overnight stop is prudent.
The best sailing season is from June to September – sailing is possible outside this period, but the winds are more variable. The prevailing wind in summer is from the northwest, force 3-5, though in the south there may be slightly stronger southerlies. The “bora”, a strong cold north-easterly, may blow for days, and thunderstorms with strong gusty winds may occur in summer.
The tidal range is small - up to 1m in the north, decreasing to about 35cm in the south. A weak current flows generally north-westward up the Croatian coast, but may strengthen and change direction in narrow channels between islands.
Along the Croatian coastline, 250 nautical miles from Pula in the northwest to Dubrovnik in the southeast, there are approximately 1100 islands. The area offers a multitude of charming bays and harbours that draw sailors back year after year. Even the smallest islands offers cozy family restaurants for delicious dinners. Adriatic Club International (ACI) is the name of a chain of 21 standardized marinas along the coast. They all offer showers, electricity, water, weather forecasts and a reception that is open between 8 AM and 8 PM. These marinas each have a harbour watch, who will assist you upon arrival. The price for staying in an ACI marina with a 44ft yacht is approx. 40 Euro per day. In addition, Croatia offers many private marinas, similar to the ACI marinas, but these usually offer fewer services and somewhat lower prices.
Sibenik is known for its medieval fortresses, national parks, the UNESCO- protected St James cathedral (St Jakov) and the waterfalls of Krka. The Kornati archipelago has been named the best sailing region in the world by National Geographic! Our base in the area is located in Marina Mandalina - the perfect starting point for a cruise in the region. The unique archipelago boasts both a nature reserve and a marine national park where the islands offer a barren landscape, sharply contrasting the deep blue sea and sky. The area has many charming harbours and relaxing bays (entrance fees apply)
Along the coast between Trogir and Split lies the beautiful town of Kastela where we have our base. It is only a 15-minute drive from Split airport to marina Kastela and the heart of the Croatian archipelago. This is an ideal point to start and end your cruise as you can sail southeast to find the beautiful, green islands. Distances are short and the old seaports of Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik offer charm, history and culture.
If you wish to start your charter in one place and end up in another (a “one-way” charter) we recommend choosing Dubrovnik as your starting or ending point. Dubrovnik, known for its romantic, medieval charm and marble streets, is located in the south of Croatia.
Croatia is well served by both scheduled and charter flights along the coast. Main airports are: Pula, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.
Charters generally run Saturday to Saturday. Embark around 16.00 followed by yacht breifing. Return to base Friday PM for disembarkation 09.00 the following morning. Early embarkation is always at the discretion of the base staff .
Skipper must be in possesion of a practical sailing qualification, for example RYA Day Skipper Practical / ICC and a Marine Radio (DSC) license. This is mandatory for all charterers in Croatia regardless of sailing experience. We will ask for copies of these prior to your charter to obtain your transit log (without which you cannot sail!).
Is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). Euros are widely accepted in larger towns. Credit cards are accepted widely, but always keep some local currency if going ashore at smaller establishments.
Your charter fee includes Croatian VAT. A tourist tax is payable on arrival at the base of €1.00 per person per day for adults, €0.50 for 12 to 18 year olds. Under 12's are exempt. Info correct as of February 2014.