Yachting Croatia

Sailing in Croatia

MEDITERRANEAN PARADISE

At the very beginning necessary to point out that the nautical tourism in Croatia is constantly on growing and that is one of the most important factors in Croatian tourism and economy in general.

With a great pleasure we would like to present the nautical tourism in Croatia and of course also to help through our offers select the best offer for you.

Croatian coast is one of the most indented coasts of the Mediterranean, with its countless bays, clean sea water, beaches, coves, gulfs, ports, you to rest and lodge in dierse surroundings. The Croatian coast counts 718 islands, 389 cliffs and 78 reefs. Sixty islands are constantly inhabited. They spread across 3300 square kilometers.

Average sea temperature in winter is 5°C and in summer 22 to 27°C. The climate on the islands is predominately a Mediterranean type of climate with hot and dry summers and mild and moderately rainy winters. The average annual temperature above the Adriatic is 17°C, with an average of 2600 sunny hours per year.

The Adriatic together with its islands is counted among the clearest and sunniest parts of Europe. In addition to the above mentioned, the rich cultural and historical heritage and high-quality gastronomic offer, are all the more reasons for sailing the Adriatic with Yachting in Croatia.

As part of the Mediterranean, Croatia is considered one of the countries that have a rich maritime history and tradition, as well as the history of sailing itself. The earliest beginnings of sailing in Croatia date from the 19 th century when the first sailing clubs started to be established. Today Croatia has top sailors who, in the early classes, are realizing excellent results in Croatia and the World.

Nautical tourism in Croatia

Adriatic Sea, especially its eastern part along with its coast and hundreds of islands represents a great asset for developing nautical tourism. It refers mostly to sailing and yachting in Croatia in general, along with activities connected to different arrangements of yachting and yacht charter. This happened to be the most promising and most developing branch of Croatian tourism. This type of tourism has already attracted enormous attention all over the world and has made Croatian coast one of the most wanted destinations for sailing, yachting, or charter business.

Croatian coast consists of 718 islands, 389 cliffs and 78 rocks with total of more than 6.000 km of coastline which makes it one of the most indented coastlines in Europe. Mild Mediterranean climate with dry and warm summers and moderate winters extends the season of sailing yachting and charter in Croatia to over than six months per year. Moreover, Croatian coast abounds with many natural berths, bays, coves, beaches, ports and marinas, so attractive for yachts and sailing boats.

There are over 50 marinas in Croatia, equipped with over 12.000 berths and 7.000 dry docks, providing all necessary facilities and services to moor, repair, or maintain almost every type of yacht, motor boat or sailing boat. In most of them it is possible to charter a sailing boat, motor boat or luxury yacht either as bareboat or a crewed one.

All sorts of sailing tours, day trips, island hopping tours, nautical rallies, convoys, races, team-buildings and other types of nautical activities are organized from Croatian marinas. Having in mind all mentioned above, there are all ingredients for unforgettable yachting in Croatia this summer! Enjoy sailing in Croatia with your own yacht or chartered one for yourself and your beloved ones! 

        

Learn all little secrets of Adriatic sailing

 

Cyclones and anti-cyclones

The weather changes in the Adriatic are determined by the positioning of cyclones and anti-cyclones above Central and South Europe. The usual movement direction of cyclones above the Adriatic is from the west and then eastwards. On their front sides they bring south direction winds (with mostly Jugo wind blowing at the time), and warm and humid air with them, so that the weather is cloudy and rainy. Following the cyclone, with the anti-cyclone raising in its strength and its spreading over European mainland eastwards, the wind turns north-eastwards and brings cold and dry air, Bura wind chases away the clouds, and after it and temporary low temperatures the weather gets stabilized. Until a new cyclone, nice and calm weather will be prevailing, with moderate Maestral wind in summer.
This rhythm of weather changes is common for the Adriatic. It differs only according to how often and on which routes the cyclones arrive. They are rare in summer and travel mostly north from the Adriatic.

 

The weather differences in summer and winter

The weather differences between north and south are significantly milder in summer - two halves of the Adriatic are then joined in one climate area with a lot of warm and sunny days, high temperatures during day moderated by pleasant Maestral wind, low humidity percentage and moderate nights. The sea temperature at its surface is mostly between 24 and 26 C along the whole coast.
Towards the end of the summer, the differences between North and South Adriatic become more significant, first at night while during day they are still more or less equal. Chilly nights soon cause the differences in the sea temperatures. The sea starts cooling more rapidly in the North at the beginning of September. A month later the sea will already have the temperature of 18C and less in front of Istria while in the South it can still keep the temperature of 22C.
 

The sea changes, currents and waves

The high and low tides are of quite small amplitudes in the Adriatic and they do not significantly affect the safety of sailing. The atmosphere pressure has a significant influence on them.
The sea changes are slightly indicated and in principal do not present problems at navigation. But nevertheless, they must be taken into account because in some strait canals and dug passages they can reach the speed of 4 knots.
Waves in the Adriatic are not so high as those in the oceans. Jugo creates higher waves than Bura but it would be completely wrong to draw a conclusion that they are more dangerous. On the contrary, Bura waves are shorter by half and their amplitudes are significantly less regular, meaning that the hull will have to endure much bigger strain under Bura waves.


Winds of the Adriatic

The whole easter side of the Adriatc is rich with completely particular local manifestations of weather changes. Reading of small signs have been the basis of fishing and naval life from long time ago. Therefore, you will not make a mistake if you ask a fisherman to tell you what the weather will be like until the evening or tommorow, and what is the best place mooring site.
 

Bura

As a cold wind, Bura blows horizontally from the nearby peaks towards the sea. It raises sea dust decreasing visibility. Bura is announced by "cap" of clouds seemingly attached to the peaks of the nearby high mountains - Velebit in the North Adriatic and Mosor and Biokovo in the South Adriatic.
Bura rarely blows for more than three days. When it is of local origin it can blow itself out for for as soon as less than 24 hours. Since it brings cold and heavy air, it finds its way to the sea through mountain faults and between higher ranges.


Jugo

Jugo is a south-east wind. It blows along the Adriatic while a cyclone is coming above the Adriatic area. It brings clouds and rain. The air pressure drops. It develops slowly and can usually be noticed two to three days in advance. It usually lasts much longer than Bura, five to seven days, and even longer in winter.
So called dry Jugo is also possible, when it keeps blowing without bringing rain.


Maestral

Maestral is a "good" wind, a friend to sailors and all those who enjoy the sea in summer. It is because it moderates the summer heat. It is a thermal north-west wind created by the differences in rates of mainland and sea warming. It is common from spring to autumn and strongest in July and August.
It usually raises about 9 or 10 in the morning, reaches its highest strength in the afternoon and suddenly fades at sunset. Maestral is generally weaker in the North Adriatic than in its South.


Nevera

Apart from Bura, nevera is certainly the most unpleasent experience in the Adriatic. It comes at high speed from the West from the open sea and lasts very shortly. It emerges almost exclusively in spring, much more frequently with autumn approaching. At the first sight of Nevera, necessary steps should be taken without delays. If there is possibility of moving aside from its route, that is the best thing to do.