Offshore Cruising Club — Croatia Sailing Flotilla
Take a Croatia Sailing Tour of the Adriatic Coast — August 28 to September 4, 2016 – FILLED!
Sailing along Croatia’s Adriatic Coast is delightful – crystal clear waters, steady winds, sunny skies and mild weather – with fascinating historic sites, a rich and diverse culture, and scenery that ranges from medieval ports to pristine bays surrounded by dense forests. Our week-long Croatia sailing tour starts and ends in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you have the time, we suggest you add several days before or after the cruise to explore Dubrovnik and inland areas of this beautiful country.
About Your Sailing Holiday in Croatia
It is required that the assigned Skipper on each flotilla boat has ICC qualification or RYA Day Skipper certification. For US citizens, it will be satisfactory that the Skipper has an International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) from US Sailing. The IPC requires you have a minimum of US Sailing Bareboat Cruising certification. We recommend you apply for the IPC if you do not already have this, or we offer Bareboat Charter Cruising courses that would qualify you for the IPC from US Sailing.
About the Sites You Visit
Perfectly situated to allow easy cruising to a multitude of the Dalmatian islands, there are many ports, anchorages and islands to explore. While we can never guarantee a specific itinerary due to weather considerations and other unforeseen variables here’s a plan that will take us northwest to the islands of Miljet, Korcula, and Sipan and then to mainland stops before returning to Dubrovnik on September 4.
August 28, 2016 Arrival Day: Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is both a medieval and cosmopolitan city with a fascinating mix of architectural styles from Renaissance to Gothic and Baroque. You can walk a full circuit along the walls of the Old Town battlements, with magnificent views of the sea and ancient structures. Modern Dubrovnik has many cafes and restaurants, great shopping and a vibrant nightlife. The city has a number of museums including the quiet cloister of the Dominican Monastery in Old Town, which houses a small, stunning collection of Renaissance art. Luza Square in the center of the medieval town is known for its pigeons and lively sidewalk cafes. Board boats at 6:00 PM at ACI Marina Dubrovnik, Na Skali bb, Mokosica, 20 236 Dubrovnik, Croatia. Marina Phone: 385 20 455 075.
August 29 Flotilla Day 1: Dubrovnik to Okuklje on Miljet – 21 NM
Mljet is a lush, forested island approximately 20 miles long and 2 miles wide, that runs parallel to the mainland north of Dubrovnik. It is purported to be where Odysseus holed up with the nymph Calypso for seven years, unable to tear himself away either from her or the beautiful island. Some say It is also where St. Paul ran aground on his way to Italy and was bitten by a viper before setting sail again. Mongooses, which you are likely to see, were introduced here in the 19th century to get rid of the snakes. In its day, Mljet was used by the Romans as a place of exile, then became a summer residence for the admirals of Dubrovnik. Okuklje is an attractive, land-locked anchorage surrounded by green, wooded slopes with a number of bars and restaurants and places to explore. Some of the locals make and sell wine out of grapes grown in this island’s vineyards.
August 30 Flotilla Day 2: Okuklje to Pomena on the island of Mljet – 13 NM
Pomena (shown in the header of this page) lies on the northwestern tip of the island of Mljet, A popular stopover for charter yachts, Pomena is the most developed of all the harbors and anchorages on the island. There’s a large hotel overlooking the bay plus all the facilities that you’d expect to find in a burgeoning resort, including a good selection of restaurants and bars where you can shoot the breeze with other sailors. There’s much to do here. Walk or rent a bike and cycle to the lakes of Mali Jezero (Small Lake) and Veli Jezero (Big Lake) in Mljet National Park. Swim in the clear, blue-green waters of the lakes. Take a water taxi over to St. Mary’s Island, visit the Benedictine monastery in the center and walk around the lakes along tree-shaded pathways.
August 31 Flotilla Day 3: Pomena to Korcula Town on the Island of Korcula – 13 NM
Although one of the greenest islands of the Adriatic, the ancient Greeks called Korcula (pronounced Korchula) “The Black Island” because of its dense, dark forests. Korcula Town, often called Little Dubrovnik, looks like a giant sandcastle jutting out into the sea. A medieval walled city, it was occupied by the Venetians more or less continuously for 800 years from the 10th Century on. Here you’ll visit the birthplace home of Marco Polo. The Church of Our Lady, which doubles as a local artists gallery, is paved with tombstones of Korculan nobles. St Mark’s Cathedral has an outstanding rose window, a cornice carved with strange beasts and a Tintoretto altar piece in the interior. Next door is The Bishop’s Treasury with an excellent small art collection and impressive icon gallery.
Korcula Town has plenty of restaurants serving everything from pizza to seafood and excellent local wines (Grk, Posip, Rukatac) which you can find in its shops and bars along the seafront promenade. This is a good place to replenish the galley at its daily fruit and vegetable market.
September 1 Flotilla Day 4: Korcula Town to Kobas Stonski Canal – 28 NM
The Kobas Stonski Canal is on the mainland and leads to the historic town of Ston, where there is a quay. There are also several anchorages along the way – at at Kobas on the south side of the channel, and a small harbor at Broce. The hamlet has been in existence since the Romans conquered this part of Croatia, and was acquired by Dubrovnik in 1333. Broce is a tiny picturesque village lying at the entrance to the marked channel that leads to Ston. Founded by the Dubrovnik republic in 1349, Ston’s salt pans were once a thriving source of revenues. A pleasant stroll from the quay brings you to three old chapels and the ruins of a 17th century Dominican monastery.
September 2 Flotilla Day 5: Kobas Stonski Canal to Luka on Sipan Island – 10 NM
Sipanska Luka is a pretty waterfront village at the end of a deep inlet at the northern end of Sipan Island. The buildings are grouped around an enormous and ancient plane tree – among them a grand though crumbling villa with a balcony supported by lions carved in stone. There’s a tiny beach just outside the harbor and quieter spots for swimming on the opposite side of the bay, accessible by a path between the olive groves and the rocky shoreline. You can rent bikes to explore the rest of the island or just relax at a local bar or restaurant. Sailors love the seafood at Kod Marka, and the bar (Barka) at the Hotel Sipan is a nice spot for after-dinner drinks.
September 3 Flotilla Day 6: Sipan Luka to Janska – 10 NM
The sleepy fishing village of Janska is one of the most peaceful anchorages you’ll find along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, exemplifying all that is most appealing about chartering in this fabled land. Identified by the small white shrine on the headland to the south of the inlet entrance, this is a sheltered spot and ideal for a quiet overnight stop. There is literally nothing in Janska but a few houses belonging to local fishermen so be sure to provision earlier in the cruise as you won’t find any shops or restaurants. You can walk up the hill to the village of Banici, or take a bracing swim in the anchorages rather cool water, due to underwater streams. This is the last night of the cruise, and a great location for a “dregs” (leftovers) party aboard one of our yachts or perhaps ashore, as we share stories of a great week under sail.
September 4 Final Flotilla Day 7: Janska to Dubrovnik – 2 NM
This morning the fleet heads back to the Sunsail base in Dubrovnik in time to disembark at 9 a.m. in order to make airport transfers in time for flights home. Plan to arrive at the Dubrovnik airport at least two hours prior to an international flight. Approximate travel time from Marina base to airport in Dubrovnik is 30 minutes (25km).
Plan to arrive at the Sunsail base in Dubrovnik’s ACI Marina on August 28, 2016. ACI Marina is about 25 km (30 minutes) from Cilipi Airport and about 6 km from the old city of Dubrovnik. Our five identical 41′ monohulls have three cabins and two heads, with a spacious main salon, nav station and airy cabins.
Croatia Sailing Flotilla Cruise Packages
- Private cabin – $2995
- Shared double cabin – $2495 per person
BOOK NOW. SPACE IS LIMITED WITH JUST THREE CABINS PER BOAT!
Call 888-454-7015 or email Sail@OffshoreSailing.com to reserve your cabin today!
Your Sailing Holiday in Croatia Includes
- Your private or shared cabin on one of five Sunsail 41s
- Starter pack of breakfast, lunch provisions
- Commemorative Croatia Cruise polo shirt and hat
- Damage waiver
- Fuel, and initial supply of ice and water
- Welcome party
- Comprehensive PDF book will be provided in advance – giving you more information to prepare for this cruise
Your total package cost of $2995 for a private cabin, $2495 per person for a shared cabin (two traveling together share) is due in three installments as follows:
- 30% of your total package due at time of reservation, if you reserve your cabin prior to June 15, 2016
- Balance of package due by June 15, 2016 (full payment is required after June 15, 2016)
- $300 per person refundable security deposit is also due with final payment – refunded after cruise ends less any charges assess by Sunsail if damage or loss has occurred
- If you cancel prior to June 15, 2016 payments made less a $600 per person service fee will be refunded
- No refunds are allowed after June 15, 2016
- Please make sure you purchase travel insurance (scroll down to the footer on this page and click on Travelex box)
Not Included in Your Package
- Travel to and from Dubrovnik, including transfers to and from airport
- Shore-based accommodations
- Food and beverages beyond the starter pack provided (crews on each boat normally set up a kitty and purchase food and beverage along the way)
- Any meals ashore before, during and after the cruise
- Docking, anchoring or mooring fees (again these are paid through your boat kitty)
- Ice and water purchased during the cruise (paid through your boat kitty)
- Tourism taxes
- Departure taxes and other fees should they occur