Due to popular demand and hugely successful pop-up flotillas in 2015 & 2016 & 2017, we are thrilled to announce a fourth for 2018. With the unbeatable combination of gin clear water, great wind and beautiful beaches proving timeless, next year we are offering a two week flotilla sailing around the stunning Dalmatian Islands.
9th - 23rd June 2018 - BOATS AVAILABLE!
23rd June - 7th July 2018 - BOATS AVAILABLE!
In 2018 we have two brilliantly racy models of boat to choose from. Both are really comfortable and are fantastic to sail. Simply click on a model below to find out more...
This incredible coastline offers clear seas, a gentle summer climate as well as lively breezes to take you from bay to bay! Croatia is now the Mediterranean's leading yacht charter holiday destination and we can see why. Having sailed here ourselves we can't speak highly enough of Croatia and it's unique culture.
Consider the contrasts... Quiet bays or exciting nightlife, traditional markets and modern supermarkets, gentle morning breezes followed by exhilarating afternoon sea breezes, modern marinas next to century old town quays, metropolitan meccas versus marine national parks. Sailing in Croatia (as the cliché goes) has something for everyone.
The Croatian climate is typically Mediterranean, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters. With 2,600 hours of sunlight yearly it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe. You can expect temperatures of around 25°C in June.
The prevailing wind in Croatia is from the north west, with an average wind speed of 7/8 knots. This grows to a comfortable force 4-5 (10-20 knots) some afternoons making for some exhilarating sailing! Look out for the ‘Bora’ - a north easterly that can surprise you if you don’t check your forecasts regularly.
Upon arriving at Split airport you will be met my one of our friendly lead crew. After a short transfer to the modern marina at Split Kastela, just 15 minutes away, you will be shown to your boat. Once you have been introduced to your skippers and hostess for the week you'll be free to sit, back, relax and enjoy the first evening of holiday. The next morning it is time to find out where you'll be heading on that all important first day. Then it is time to set off - with nothing but blue sea and blue sky ahead!
A likely first day will be a short sail across to Milna on the island of Brac where the old village curves up and around the harbour with a maze of narrow lanes leading up to an 18th century church. Have your camera at the ready! Another first day option may be the brilliantly quiet bay at Bobovišća - the perfect spot for a punch party and getting to know everyone! From here it is an excellent sail down to Bol on the southern side of Brac Island. A swim stop in the gin clear water near Zlatni Rat beach (also known as the Golden Cape) is a must. Once moored up in Bol it is time to sit back, relax and soak up the views, from the pine forest backed beaches.
The next couple of nights will be enjoyed exploring the quieter side to Hvar. From the gorgeous harbours of Jelsa and Vrboska to the ancient town of Stari Grad. Stari Grad is thought to be the oldest town in Europe which we can believe having wandered through it's wonderful backstreets. The ancient town quay has been recently redone and is now equipped with water and electricity as well as lazy lines. A cocktail or two, watching the sunset from the harbour entrance, is a beautiful way to end the day...
It is best to get an early start when heading to Hvar, as mooring up in the town harbour, is an exclusive opportunity not to be missed. There is also plenty to explore in this historic town. The view of the nearby Pakleni Islands, from the fort at the top of the hill, is amazing! Just a stone’s throw from Hvar Town the island of Sveti Klement (the largest of the Pakleni Islands) offers a brilliant swim stop. The island boasts sandy coves and pine backed beaches as well as crystal clear water.
Sailing further south takes us to the oustanding coastal town of Orebic. From here you can either take the ferry to Korcula Town or there may also be an opportunity to visit Dubrovnik for the day (depending on how the weather looks over the coming days). If the weather is in our favour, it may be possible to head as far south as Mjlet Island, where there is a gorgeous National Park. Other possible stops include Lastovo Island and Vela Luka, as well as the stunning island of Vis, on the way back up north.
En route back up north a stop on the island of Vis may be in order, before a quiet night rafted in Sesoula Bay, or anchored outside Maslinica Harbour. A swim stop in the archipelago, within cork popping distance of the harbour, is well worth it after a days sailing. In Sesoula Bay (our favourite place to moor in this area) there are two tavernas to choose from, or a walk into Maslinica Town, will be sure to work up your appetite.
The next couple of days will likely be spent exploring the mainland Dalmatian coast, north of Split, visiting the towns of Primosten or Rogoznica. These historic towns are some of most picturesque in the region, offering fantastic evening entertainment, along their buzzing promenades.
The last couple of days will be spent making your way back to Split Kastela. There may be an opportunity for a lunch or evening stop in the terrifically historic town of Trogir, weather and itinerary dependent. One of the oldest and most exciting towns on the Adriatic coastline, the port is situated on a small island just off the Dalmatian coast and has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.
Once back in Split Kastela Marina, a final night dinner with your fellow flotilla sailors, will conclude your Dalmatian Island adventure!
9th - 23rd June 2018 - BOATS AVAILABLE!
23rd June - 7th July 2018 - BOATS AVAILABLE!
In 2017 we have two brilliantly racy models of boat to choose from. Both are really comfortable and are fantastic to sail. Simply click on a model below to find out more...
These prices include flights from London or Manchester, transfers, diesel, mooring fees, linen and towels and the unobtrusive assistance and guidance of our friendly flotilla lead crew. There is a normal yacht security waiver (either £80 or £160 depending on which boat you go for) and outboard engines are available for £120 for the fortnight.
Very similar to a normal flotilla - upon arrival you will be met by our friendly flotilla lead crew who will show you to your boat in Split Kastela Marina. The first evening will be spent relaxing and enjoying the cultural delights historic Split and Trogir have to offer!
The following morning the lead crew will give you a first day briefing on what to expect and where you will be heading that day, along with a weather forecast. As with most of our flotilla holidays the itinerary for the rest of the week will be based broadly on which way the wind is blowing!
From Brac Island to Hvar Town, through to the picturesque Pakleni Islands, we are positive you'll have a fabulous time.
For 2018 we are arranging flights from both Gatwick and Manchester that will arrive in the middle of the afternoon.
The wind in Croatia can pick up and so this holiday is not suitable for first time sailors unless you would like a Skippered Charter (which can easily be arranged).
You need a minimum of a Day Skipper Certificate or ICC, as well as a VHF license to sail in Croatia.
Croatia has a number of smart marinas with incredible showers (amongst other facilities). These will be included in the cost of your holiday so that you aren't having to fork out locally throughout the week - hoorah!
This year we are using the Beneteau First 35 and Beneteau First 45. These are very modern, racy yachts that are both comfortable and brilliant to sail! Please note these will not be our familiar Sailing Holidays flotilla boats but will be comparable makes and models with all the mod cons (plus a few extras like autopilot - exciting stuff). Our capable lead crew and shore-based back up teams will be on hand should there be any problems at all.
Never fear! We are running our pop-up flotillas for our regular sailors looking to branch out and try somewhere exciting and new... We know many of you book months in advance to get exactly what you want and we don't want you to lose out on this trip just because you booked your holiday well in advance.
If you wish to consider swapping your 2016 booking to our pop-up flotilla please simply give our London office a ring on 020 8459 8787. Please note this option will be subject to availability and any additional costs.
Don't panic, if you can't make this holiday date! We will be planning more pop-up flotillas. If you would like your name and details added to our waiting list for new options please email your name, preferred date and boat size to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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