Sailing Croatia

I’m back from three gorgeous weeks of sailing through the islands of Croatia. A nice jaunt to the top of Mt.Gele this morning will help me reacclimatise for upcoming trips into these beautiful hills around the Valais.

We experienced all kids of sailing weather this summer. The Bora hit hard for three days, forcing us to sit out 2 days in Rogoznica. Day 3, we headed out towards Vis, looking at a 6 hour sail. The winds had kicked up some large waves and it was still pushing 25 knots. So half way across, we jibed and sailed to the Island of Brac, dropping anchor in an idilic, protected bay with a typical tiny family run restaurant ashore. Another week of great winds blowing 10-20 knots sent us to Hvar, Vis, the Kornati Islands and many other tiny islands and bays. We revisited the little port of Zlatan Otok at Seta Nedilja and managed a few more fun sport climbs.

Cruising these islands of Croatia takes one to so many different settings. From isolated bay, each one a bit different, to big historical ports, each day seemed so varied. And the fun part was not knowing where the winds would blow us the following day. Sailing according to the winds was an analogy of going with the flow in life, easing downwind with the storm-force pressure on reefed sails, and upwinds when the pressure was agreeable.

I’ll be heading to Greece this fall to sail and climb, and am looking for company. The price will be around €1’300/person. Hope to see you on the water or in the hills.

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