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Croatia - the Mecca of Sailing in the Mediterranean
The sailing season in Croatia runs from May to September and is characterised by a warm and sunny climate with hardly any tidal range and rarely strong currents (save in river mouths). The occasional thunderstorm does roll-in, agitating the sea state – the best source for forecasts is Croatia’s Meteorological and Hydrological Site.
You can rely on decent winds in Croatia year-round, in summer, the thermic, North-westerly Maestral prevails with a cool, constant soft to medium force – though it can become stronger in narrow passes like Brač channel (we’ll get back to that later). The notorious, and rightly so, NE Bura wind, while less common in summer months, should still be respected, as its gusts can catch sailors unaware and unprepared. Rarely, in late summer Jugo winds can bring overcast weather, and with it uncharacteristically grumpy Croatians (To ti je jugo…). Croatia’s many islands can guarantee shelter no matter what the conditions are though, provided you plan ahead (or listen to your skipper’s advice).
Croatia also benefits from being within easy reach of most of Europe and boasts the best charter fleets and sailing facilities the Med has to offer. So much choice spread out over a particularly long coastline leaves sailors with a Dilemma, though – how to fit the greatest hits into a one-week sailing charter?