Croatian Sailing Holidays: 2011 Regatta Races from Hvar Island
Experienced sailors looking for some active fun can join local racing teams to take part in several regattas near Hvar. Some options for Adriatic exploring.
Sailing in Croatia is growing in popularity, as more tourists are taking to the seas to discover its stunning coastline and 1185 islands. Mainland towns such as Vodice, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik are popular mooring spots, while there is much to investigate on islands such as Brac, Vis, Korcula and Hvar.
The needs of beginners are catered for with sailing schools, while a fully-crewed yacht can set its own agenda, but what about the solo tourist looking for a little sailing action?
Hvar Adventure Crewing Options
Local outdoor specialist Hvar Adventure's core activity is sailing, offering a range of courses and excursions. For sailors who can demonstrate their sailing credentials and experience, there are interesting opportunities to crew with the company in one of the many races that take place on the Adriatic.
Regattas with Crewing Options for 2011
Split - Komiza – Split (May 27-29). A 3-day event comprising of a race each way to the picturesque second town on Vis, interspersed with a free day, which gives the opportunity to visit the famous Blue Cave at Bisevo.
Split – Hvar - Split (17-19 June). Similar to Komiza and including a free day and night in Hvar Town.
Southern Dalmatia Race (5-7 August). A 4-day race along a route that includes Orebic, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik.
80th Mrduja Regatta (24-25 September). The oldest race in Croatia, with some 300 boats taking part in a 22 mile race from Split to a rock between the islands of Brac and Solta.
Solta Island Regatta (1-2 October). A two-way race from Split to Solta, the closest island to the Dalmatian capital.
Barcolona, Trieste (8-9 October). The most famous race in the world with more than 3,000 boats taking part. The trip included 3-5 each way from Zadar to Trieste.
Vis Island Regatta (14-16 October). 3-day regatta, including a race each way to Vis and a day to explore in the middle.
Jabuka Race (11-13 November). A four-day, non-stop offshore navigation race leaving from Vodice on the mainland, round the infamous Jabuka rock, the furthest island located between Croatian and Italy, 120 miles in all.
Sibenik Town Race (3-4 December). Two races in Sibenik bay and the mouth of the River Krk.
Christmas HRM Race (10-11 December). The final race of the year, a triangle race followed by a navigational race around Split, sponsored by the Navy.