The "Jabuka Offhore Sailing Regatta" is one of the most complete competitions in the Adriatic: the weather conditions can go from the summer temperatures with gentle breezes to the ones with the cool and strong wind that is typical of the Adriatic basin in winter. In 2016, the year of the 14th edition of the regatta, there were almost one hundred boats at the starting line. The night start of this race is magical: the marks of the starting line are placed in front of the Dalmatian city of Vodice. The fleet sails to the south-west to round the mysterious volcanic island of Jabuka and navigate along the islet of Komorica and close to the Blitvenica lighthouse, for a total route distance of about 90 miles.
|STYLE||REGATTA, CROATIA, SPLIT, SAILING|
|DEPARTURE BASE||Split, Croatia|
|BOAT DETAILS||Monohull with 4 cabins and 3 bathrooms|
Single boarding: €450
INFO: Customized solutions for groups
|Included services||Travel assistance, Fuel, Final cleaning, Insurance primary health and luggage, Harbour fees, Registration to regatta|
|Language||Italian and english.|
We meet on Thursday morning at 9 at the Split Marina to have a good coffee with all the crew, so that we can get to know each other and plan our next four days on the boat. Once we are done with the shopping, we will leave the port and head for Vodice.
The way to this Dalmatian port can be a good testing ground for the members of the crew for organizing themselves and blending with each other in view of the regatta. Lunch will be on board, to use the afternoon for continuing our training before entering the port and heading for the “Virada Bar”, where we will meet the other participants.
On Friday, we gather at 8 for breakfast and the daily briefing before going to sea again: the morning is dedicated to the training of the crew before the regatta. After this last training session, we go back to the dock to have lunch and prepare the boat for the night departure. Once checked the latest weather forecasts and studied the strategy for the regatta, the crew can relax until the “skipper briefing” that will take place at 7 pm. The departure time will be announced by midnight, depending on the marine weather conditions in the bay.
We sail to the south-west to round the mysterious volcanic island of Jabuka and leave on our right the islet of Komorica and the Blitvenica lighthouse. The total route is about 90 miles long. If the weather is favourable, we can manage to arrive at the finishing line already in the early afternoon, so that we can relax and have lunch in a typical “konoba”. Towards evening we can’t miss to meet the other participants at the bar in the port, to drink a beer together and have fun listening to their sea stories from the regatta.
On Sunday, we sail back to Split Marina while collecting memories from this exciting race which, with its night start, is one of the most suggestive of the Adriatic Sea. With the sensation of having still the wind on our face, there will be time to visit the fascinating Diocletian’s Palace, located right in front of the jetty of the Marina.