Croatia is one of the best sailing spots in the Mediterranean. It features various pleasant winds - Maestral( Mistral) , Bura (Bora) , Jugo - ideal for sailing experiences, as well as numerous islands, beaches and channels where one can do sail and enjoy almost untouched nature in the heart of Europe.
Croatia is one of the best sailing spots
in the Mediterranean.
It features various pleasant winds - Maestral( Mistral) , Bura (Bora)
, Jugo - ideal for sailing experiences, as well as numerous islands,
beaches and channels where one can do sail and enjoy almost untouched
nature in the heart of Europe. Somebody said that cruising around
the Kornati, for example, is the closest Europe gets to a Thor Heyerdahl
experience. For those who like their sailing to have a social dimension,
there are no fewer than 500 harbours and 50 fully serviced marinas,
each with restaurants, hot showers, mini-marts and weather charts.
The bura is an unpredictable wind that blows from the mainland towards
the sea in gushes. It is relatively cold and dry, reaches moderate
strength and can last several hours. It cleans and clears up the atmosphere,
therefore visibility after the bura wind is excellent and the weather
is sunny and clear.
Although the bura wind is generally a winter wind, it is present year
round and mostly in the morning, reaching an average speed of 11 m/s.
Given that it gushes from mountain slopes towards the sea, it comes
most often from the northeast, that is from the NNE, NE or ENE directions.
On the open sea, the bura often changes into the northwestern wind.
The bura is known for its "capriciousness", that is, its blowing in
gushes, as well as sudden and often unexpected beginning. The gushes
of wind can be accompanied by rumbling and exchange with calm or weak
wind in periods of one or more minutes.
The summer bura appears mostly in the northern Adriatic in the area
where the mountains are narrowest (Velebit). The coming of the bura
can be recognized by the cloud cap that covers the top of Velebit
or Biokovo Mountains before the beginning of the wind. The waves that
are created by the bura are short and move away quickly from the mainland,
while their broken tops are transformed into white sea foam. Strong
gushes can temporarily lift drops of water into the air creating a
Here's some practical advice when it comes to the bura: if sailing
along the coast of an island that is facing the mainland you run into
a zone without vegetation, this is a sign that a strong bura blows
there. If you are sailing during the bura, excitement will abound
because it is a great challenge that requires caution with regards
to the preparation of both boat and crew. Along with avoiding sailing
close to windy coastlines, prepare yourself for possible maneuvering
and arm yourself with patience, since you will probably have to change
the combination of sails several times. Do not forget to put safety
first. Sailing in small sailboats is recommended to top notch yachtsmen
Jugo is a southwestern wind of moderate strength that blows from the
sea towards the coast, and is present along the entire coastline,
blowing in the ESE, SE or SSE directions. Generally, you will run
into it more often when sailing south of the northern Adriatic and,
as it belongs to the group of spring-fall winds that are accompanied
by rain and humidity, the jugo does not blow often in the summer.
When it does, you can recognize it by the following characteristics:
the wind blows with a gradual increase without interruptions, creating
very beautiful, long waves without noise and foam. Only when a strong
jugo blows do the waves pound against the shoreline, retreating towards
the open sea with a rumble.
Seeing as its wave are equal, and its constant strength and wind direction
are its greatest challenge, the jugo allows for dynamic sailing with
sails taut with constant wind that allows the sailboat to achieve
Maestral is a typical Adriatic summer northwestern wind and one of
those winds that are characteristic for beautiful and stable weather.
After the morning calm, almost always around noon during summer begins
its pleasant circulation that can last, with increases, to dusk. The
maestral can reach force 5 to 6 winds, while areas where this wind
is most common are the Zadar and Korcula channels.
It is almost as though the maestral was created for pleasant and carefree
sailing without maneuvering because its force is constant and its
nature is predictable and mild. While the bura and jugo, each in their
own way, offer yachtsmen excitement and challenge, the maestral guarantees
pure pleasure during which you can enjoy in the sea without any worries.
Due to the fact that, at sunset, the necessary conditions for the
creation of the maestral disappear, at the first sign of darkness,
a gentle night force 3 breeze starts to blow from the mainland to
give way at sunrise to a calm sea that will, on a regular basis, once
again around noon be replaced by the refreshing maestral.
Even though the Adriatic sea does not belong to seas that are dangerous
and unpredictable, and sailing can take place all year round, nevertheless,
the most favorable conditions are from mid-June to mid-October when
even those with little experience can enjoy in sea adventures.
We welcome you and wish you calm seas!
For all other information call:
HJS - Croatian Sailing Federation
tel. ++385 (0) 21 345 788 , 21 344 334
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consulting and management in shipping and tourism, established in
October 1996. NC has the legal status of a Maritime Training Center
and is recognized by the IMO. We are certified by the BVQI and hold
the Certificate of Approval ISO 9001:2000 (UKAS) and are therefore
capable of adjusting any education program, as required. The main
activity of the NC is the education of professional seamen, service
and catering personnel, as well as offshore installation workers.
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