Two recent posts on Sail Magazine’s site extoll the virtues of charter bareboat sailing in Croatia. Both articles describe itineraries that leave from near the UNESCO town of Trogir, a beautiful, but, touristy town near the airport in Split. It’s a great introduction to the food and architecture that you’ll experience throughout a bareboat charter on the Dalmation Coast.
I recommend arriving at Split airport which serves marina’s near Split, Trogir, Rogoznica and Primostan and, if possible, chartering for two weeks. In addition to the islands describe in these articles, my ideal itinerary would include the more southern islands of Korcula and Mjet with a possible stop at remote Lastovo. Korcula City is a gem making continued passage all the way south to Dubrovnik less important.
On the other hand, limiting the southern part of your itinerary to the more frequently traveled islands of Brac, Hvar, and Vis gives you time to head north and expore the protected areas in the Kornati Islands, Uvala Telascica, or the Skradin fresh water cascades. Either way, it will be one of the best charter bareboat sailing adventures you’ll ever experience.
In addition to the articles below, check out my detailed destination reports that cover four different bareboat trips to Croatia.
By Fred Bagley Posted March 10, 2011 on SailMagazine.com
Fred provides a great overview of his 1 week trip from just outside Trogir to the island of Vis, stopping at Solta, Brac, and Hvar along the way. His mid-September bareboat charter avoided the busy summer seasons (August is particularly crowded), but, subjected their one week charter to the more storm ladden Sirocco (Juro) winds out of Africa as well as the typical cruising season Maetrals from the northwesterly quadrant, thankfully, they avoided the northeastern Bura winds. Yes, here in the Mediterranean, the wind direction is named after their geographic origins and it’s strength usually indicated on the Beaufort Scale.
He confirms that receiving and understanding weather forecast over the VHF is still difficult (I would tune into the Italy broadcast from across the Adriatic) and recommends using the internet (Croatia Weather or MeteoMar Weather for the Central Adriatic). Another option would be to call the charter base daily. Either way, you might want to consider a cellphone that works locally for the duration of your stay.
Fred also notes that Europe uses the International A System of buoyage rather than the B System, so, it’s green, right, returning in those few areas that require markers. I’ll add that you should confirm with the charter company the need for a radio license to charter and sail in Croatia. I’ve followed a thread that indicates you can buy a Restricted RadioOperator License in the US.
Fred goes on to provide a great trip log and it’s well worth reading how he and his guests went about enjoying the week bareboating on the Dalmation Coast.
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Here’s an older, short posting that discusses a similar trip from the Trogir area, focusing a bit more on the history of the Dalmation coast and the conditions for their sail to Brac and Solta including a surprise invitation to lunch. The article gives a good sense of both bareboating the area and the friendliness of the Croatians.