Safe Tourist Season 2013

  Croatia, as a famous tourist destination in the world is primarily a safe country, for domestic and numerous foreign tourists. The Croatian Government has recognized the importance and benefit of investing in additional security of tourists during the tourist season in Croatia and from 2009. co-financing program "Safe Tourist Season", which brings together police officers from foreign countries. Police officers from 13 different countries from which Croatia has the highest number of guests, do their work in Croatia during the tourist season, as additional help to Croatian police for tourists from their country. In this way, Croatia additionally promotes and ensure a sense of security of foreign and domestic tourists during the tourist season.   Croatian Minister of Tourism Mr. Darko Lorencin and Interior Affairs Minister Mr. Ranko Ostojic have signed Agreement on co-financing the project "Safe Tourist Season", which will involve about 50 police officers from 13 different countries, with the largest number of tourists in Croatia.  Agreement is signed 16.5.2013 and Minister Ranko Ostojic emphasizes that he is thankful to the Croatian Ministry of Tourism which has recognized the importance of the "Safe Tourist Season". The Ministry of Tourism supports this project for years, and the importance of the project are recognized by many countries that have shown interest for cooperation. ..
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Croatia at the top of Europe by the quality of bathing water

If you need another reason why to spend the summer vacation in Croatia, then you will enjoy the fact that Croatia is at the forefront of European countries by the quality of coastal bathing waters. Croatia has excellent quality of bathing waters, moreover, the water quality is higher then European average - published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission in its report on the quality of bathing water. The report assesses the bathing water quality in all 27 EU Member States, as well as Croatia and Switzerland. According to their research, Croatian bathing waters on the Adriatic are rated by excellent quality in 96.1%, 2,6% of bathing waters were classified as good quality, 0.8% did not take a sample, while only 0.3% rating was poor quality. This means that of the 912 beaches on the Adriatic coast, where the samples were collected, 876 of them have excellent quality, 26 beaches have good quality, while only three beaches are rated as poor quality. It is important to stress that Croatia does not have a beach, or a place where swimming is prohibited due to poor water quality. This nice acknowledgment of the European Commission, which places Croatia high in the rankings, it is extremely important for the Croatian nautical tourism, but also present the obligation of all of us to take care of the Adriatic Sea and its preservation. ..
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Floating gas station in Marina Veruda, Pula

Good news for all sailors who choose to visit or rent a boat in Istria, is a fact that Marina Veruda in Pula has a new gas station. Marina Veruda now has a floating gas station type "Flash" and finaly solve the problem with fuel supply, to the satisfaction of customers of Marina Verude, boat owners, charter companies and all nautical tourist in Istria. Due to the fact that existing gas has been closed since March 2011, this solution with floating gas station solve a major problem of fuel supply in Marina Veruda. We believe that this news will delight all guests who decide to rent a boat from the marina Veruda in Pula. Floating gas station type "Flash" is project of Croatian company "Crno Zlato" that meet all the ecological requirements of the European Parliament for the protection of the environment. Four floating gas stations are already in use on the Adriatic coast, and it is planned to set up a total of 10 such stations in marinas along of Croatian coast.The floating gas station are located in Marina Kastela, Marina Rogoznica, Marina Hramina and marina Veruda. Source: Nautica Portal ..
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Carlos Santana concert in Zadar

City of Zadar is one of the best tourist destination in Croatia and famous for exceptional offer of social events, various concerts and festivals that perfectly completes rich tourist offer of Zadar. The city with the most beautiful sunset, this summer will host world famous music icon - Carlos Santana. The open air concert will be held on Monday 29.7.2013,  at Jazine in center of Zadar. Sure, if you have the opportunity or if you sail in Zadar archipelago, enjoy in concert of guitarist Carlos Santana, and enrich your holiday in Croatia with great guitar sounds. In recent years Zadar has become a favorite destination for fans of good music. Therefore not surprising that Zadar organizes concerts of the most famous musicians. In addition to foreign musicians, Zadar will be a place of concerts of famous Croatian musicians, such as: Josipa Lisac (02/08/2013), Nina Badric (08/09/2013) and concert of Croatian music virtuosos "2 Cellos" to be held on Forum in Zadar 11/08/2013. Yacht-Rent wish you a good time! ..
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Hanse 575

A few weeks ago in Croatia came the long awaited yacht Hanse 575, now available for charter in Croatia. Yacht Charter in Croatia, is enriched with another excellent boat in the category of cruisers 50+ rate, which will certainly to attract many sailors and lovers of sailing and comfort. Hanse 575 has exceeded all expectations in design, functionality and equipment. 17 meters spotless elegant lines, ranks the Hanse 575 at the top of the most beautiful yachts in the world. It should be noted that there is a really spacious cockpit, standard with two steering wheels, which was declared the best cockpit in these class of boats. There are two tables in cockpit that can be easily converted into a large sundeck. Another novelty is the electric garage for the dinghy, which is located at the stern of the sailboat. Deck openings are precisely planned, so it is not surprising that there are 22 of the opening on board, in order to get as much more light and fresh air. Its sumptuous interior, enjoyable cabins and comfortable saloon which easily converts into an extra bed, will satisfy even the most demanding guests. At the end, it should be noted that the Hanse 575 has sails created by famous Danish sailmaker Elvström sails, which supplies the whole Hanse fleet, and whose quality and outstanding performance is confirmed by numerous tests. Hanse 575 can be rented from marina Kremik in Primosten. If you want to enjoy or test the quality of Hanse 575, send us a charter request and we will gladly make a great offer. ..
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Safety at sea

According to the fact that tourist season in Croatia is on the highest level, which requires increased caution of sailors, swimmers and marine police. Besides of many Croatian charter boats and yachts, there are more than 60,000 foreign vessels on the Adriatic during the summer months. To indicate the importance of compliance with safety rules and traffic at sea, last weekend marine police had action "Safety at Sea", supported by Port of Authority of Rijeka, Sibenik, Split, Ploce and Dubrovnik, as well as their branch offices. Police have reviewed over 322 boats and several beaches with 73 penalty issue and 48 measures of warning.   Attention of police was focused on illegal skimming within 300 meters of the coast, which causing the largest number of penalty, while they warned careless swimmers and divers at the same time. Intensified monitoring is carried out on passenger vessels, as well as control of navigation in narrow channels, pollution control etc.   To assure ourselves and others carefree holidays and safe sailing on the Adriatic coast, you should check the safety of boat and its equipment, as well as yacht documents. Do not forget to take original license to operate the boat with you. Be sure to observe maritime regulations and do not expose yourself and others at risk, because of speeding or negligence. Finally, be particularly careful and avoid  any kind of contamination of the beautiful Adriatic Sea, which is the main reason for your arrival on vacation in Croatia.   ..
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Anchorages on the Adriatic coast and islands

Anyone who has at least once hired a sailboat, catamaran or motor boat in Croatia, knows how important it is to find the right cove or bay for anchoring and mooring. Sailors and navigation experts during the sailing on the Adriatic likes and prefer anchorages, small hidden and protected bays, where can enjoy in peace and unspoiled nature. Safe place for anchoring, away from the crowds and noise. Croatia abounds with anchorages and many of them are the most well known,  but on the other hand, there are plenty of anchorages known only to more experienced sailors. The prettiest feeling is when you find a new anchorage by yourself, but for many charterer is much easier to know everything about the anchorage in advance. For this reason, popular croatian magazine „More“ issued another nautical guide called "The most beautiful anchorages of Adriatic" and it describes in detail 136 anchorages along the Croatian coast and islands. Whether you cruising in Istria, Kvarner or Dalmatia, you will certainly find some interesting anchorage with descriptions, photos and recommendation of what you can see in the vicinity. ..
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Marine Christmas and a Naval New Year

Snow covered mountain tops, city squares brimming with cheer and joy, warm fireplace and a fireworks display in the distance, what wonderful ways to spend your winter vacation... for a landlubber. Now, if you're a true sailor, you won't let something like a bit of winter chill stop you from spending time on glistening blue waves. Why not consider a winter yacht chartering adventure? Just think, this will arm you with a perfect opportunity to prank good ol' Santa; it would be interesting to see how his chimney sneaking strategies work out in the open sea.   New Year in Istria, Christmas in Venice, How About That? In case you're still skeptic about this marine arrangement, think of it this way, the only difference from spending your vacations at home is the bonus of enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean scenery without the usual holiday hustle and the fact that you have the freedom to visit several seaside locations without the additional fuss of packing, unpacking and driving from town to town looking for accommodations. Croatia is brimming with beautiful locations to visit during your winter yachting trip. If you prefer northern Adriatic there are numerous enchanting places to visit, like seaside cities of Istria (Rovinj, Poreč, Pula, Vrsar, Novigrad) and the natural Adriatic gems (archipelago of Brijuni and islands Cres and Krk). However, if you’re more drawn to the southern expanse of the Adriatic, Dalmatia also has many interesting locations to offer. You might also find some other locations alluring; hidden in the Slovenian seashore you can find charming cities of Izola, Piran Portorož and Kopar. Nestled in the most northen gulf of the Adriatic, Venice reigns as a most popular New Years hotspot, use this opportunity to experience this historically rich city from a new angle. And finally, for the most adventurous of sailors there are also long distance winter sailing offers starting in the city of Biograd and heading north exploring many beautiful pearls of the Italian, Slovenian and Croatian coast. A comfortable winter yacht chartering vacation is made possible thanks to a variety of vessels equipped with heating. This way, even at sea, you can enjoy a cozy winter atmosphere. Presently there is a wide choice of such vessels offered under different price ranges, so make sure to carefully browse through them or contact us so we can help you find the most suitable boat for your needs. Once you decide on your travel arrangement all that remains is enjoying numerous marine winter activities. Twinkling Lights, Tightly Secured Christmas Tree and a Lavish Christmas Dinner - How Hard Is It To Pull Off? If you wish a complete winter experience you can enrich your trip with a yacht decorating activity. It's just like decorating your home, only with an extra twist; a challenge how to keep your decorations in their intended place. Express your creativity by taking Christmas decorating to a new level that includes keeping your Christmas tree from sliding across the boat interior and preventing the ornaments from turning your room into a heap of sparkles and glitter. In addition to festive decorations make sure not to miss the traditional rich winter cuisine. Every boat is equipped with a kitchen complete with a stove and an oven so you can prepare delicious home-made meals for your fellow sailors; just make sure to ask for additional gas bottles if you're a true culinary enthusiast. On the other hand if cooking isn't your forte, you have a wide variety of restaurants at your disposal, all you have to do is drop anchor in one of the charming Croatian seaside cities and browse what delicacies they have in store for you. Launching Fireworks from a Boat - Yes or No? When it comes to New Years pyrotechnic display, you couldn't ask for a better position when viewing the fireworks from the surrounding seaside towns. However, if you're interested in engaging in amateur pyrotechnic activities of your own, make sure to check with the yacht renting company. As long as you follow the safety procedures they're unlikely to have any objections. A particularly important difference in spending winter holiday on a yacht, in comparison to spending it in your home, is the need for regular weather monitoring. The weather can be very moody in the winter, so make sure to do an extensive research of the weather in the area before you decide to embark on your winter marine adventure.   When planning where to spend your Christmas and New Year, there’s no need to keep your feet firmly on the land; with the varied offer of boats you can merrily sail through your winter holidays. Take a strong hold of the helm and show the winter who’s the captain.     Author: Natalija Borjanović Photo: Jessica Merz ..
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Mooring in the Adriatic: Double Double Buoy and Trouble

Chartering vacations in Croatia are a true joy if you love the smell of the sea, the wind in your hair, and the dynamic atmosphere of summertime. Nevertheless, the sea is a fickle force and while you're navigating through your perfect holiday it is very important to secure yourself throughout your trip. This is especially important when you take a break from traveling around and decide to spend a night in a peaceful Adriatic lagoon. In this situation you definitely want to make sure your boat won't end up in the Italian territorial waters while you dream of naval adventures. Even though docking in the marina is an exceptionally safe option, sometimes it is more convenient to attach to a mooring buoy.  Adriatic coast, due to its high indentation, is a perfect place for exploring numerous coves, bays and lagoons. In addition to that most of these places offer mooring buoys for securing your vessel. Since we doubt anyone would like to spend their holiday chased around by a mob of angry local fishermen (except perhaps fans of extreme sports), when renting out yachts, we always advise our clients to take note of following issues concerning mooring to a buoy.   Make sure the buoy is strong enough to support your vessel A general rule when determining the strength of the mooring buoy is that the size of the buoy indicates how large a vessel it can support. However it is always a good idea to double check and be sure. You can check this by taking a short dive and examine the size of the buoy's weight. Buoys are usually attached to concrete weights and once you check the size of the weight you can safely determine if the buoy is secure enough for your boat. In case you're not a diving type, you can always come ashore and ask the owner that provides the buoys.     Take care not to occupy a private buoy In respect to this issue there are two types of mooring buoys you should be aware of. First type, are the buoys that are set up at a certain location as a professional service and they are used for the purposes of naval tourism. Today, most coves in Croatia that have buoys are a part of such service. This type of mooring is a paid service and you can be certain that all buoys offered, are secure enough for most frequently used types of boats (approximately 10-17 meters of length). The owners of larger vessels (30 meters or more) should first check with the concessionaire of the cove whether there is a chance to moor the vessel of that size in the area. Second type, are buoys set up as a part of municipal services in ports or coves that are close to certain settlements. Some of these buoys are available for mooring, but most of them belong to a private owner and you shouldn't attach your boat to them without checking with someone on shore first. Mooring to a private buoy can result in many problems. First of all such a buoy might not be suited to the size of your boat and the vessel might end up sailing away to the sunset together with the buoy’s anchor. Secondly, owners usually tend to be upset if they, upon returning to the port, find someone else attached to their buoy in their absence. In this case the most prudent thing is to come ashore and check, with the local people or the employees of the municipal port, which buoys are available for mooring. The exception to this rule occurs in the case of a storm, when you're advised to tie down to a first appropriate available buoy and wait until the storm passes. It is highly unlikely that the owner will appear in the middle of the storm and even if they do they will probably understand your situation. Things to take care of while tying to a buoy When mooring to a buoy you can secure your pennants either to the top or the bottom of the buoy. Attaching to the top of the buoy is usually used for lightweight vessels and it is convenient because you can keep your eye on the attachment hardware. When using this type of mooring make sure to take note of the type of the top loop or ring on the buoy. On its top, the buoy can have either a metal ring or a plastic loop. You should avoid tying your boat to the plastic loop because it is more likely to wear out. In this case it is preferable to tie your mooring lines at the base of the buoy directly to the anchor chain or rope. This second type of buoy mooring is also preferred in case of heavier vessels. It is always a good idea to check the state of the mooring buoy so you don’t tie down to some worn out equipment. Now that you’ve securely snuggled up to the mooring buoy relax and enjoy the wide range of adventures and activities the Adriatic coast has in store for you. ..
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Sailing Back to the Dinosaur Era

Dinosaurs have been a topic of interest for eons now, tickling the human imagination with their enormous size and mysterious disappearance. Their traces can be found everywhere around the world and one of such locations is the Istrian peninsula in Croatia. Thanks to this, Istria now looks like a canvas where an artistic group of reptiles decided to express their fondness of creative expression. All jokes aside, the dinosaur traces all over the Istrian peninsula can tell us many things about appearance, movement and habits of these creatures. There are five distinctive sets of prints found in various locations throughout the peninsula, and they belong to five different types of dinosaurs; small and large theropod, small and large sauropod and ornithopod. Unfortunately in the past many of these areas weren't appropriately protected, and there was even one recorded case of theft at such locations. Fortunately the security and protection of these places is being improved each year. In some cases there has also been talk about moving the rocks with footprints to paleontological museums so they can be safe from environmental dangers and human influence. Even though this will ensure the protection of the findings, it also means you might run out of chances to see some of them in their original environment. Many of these findings are located in seaside rock formations and they are convenient locations to visit on your naval adventure. In addition to these little portals to the past, Istria offers an enchanting coastline, perfect for a yacht chartering trip. Each of the following seaside locations offers a specific angle into the story of these prehistoric inhabitants of Istria but some also have specific conditions for visitors. Archipelago of Brijuni The first discovery of these prehistoric traces happened in 1925 at the Archipelago of Brijuni. There are altogether four sites with 200 dinosaur footprints. Recent research indicates that the prints belong to large and small theropods and ornithopods from the late Cretacious period. In other words, the archipelago was once a holiday hotspot for carnivorous and herbivorous reptiles of all sizes. Today, Brijuni is a well known national park and as such it forbids mooring in the surrounding area in order to protect the biodiversity of the sea bottom. However there are two designated locations where docking and mooring is charged for a 24 hour period: the official port of the National Park Brijuni and St. Nicolas Bay on the island Mali Brijuni.  In case the berth rental fee is to pricy for your taste you can use a more standardized method of visiting this archipelago, such as traveling via daily boat service from the town of Fažana. Kirmenjak quarry Besides being well-known for providing quality rock material, quarry Kirmenjak is also famous for its dinosaur prints. Research shows that during early Jurassic period this area was a frequent traveling route for sauropod species of dinosaurs. Sauropods are large, four-legged herbivore species that often traveled in herds as indicated in this location. Kirmenjak isn't really a seaside area but it is located near the seaside town of Poreč and it can be a convenient location to visit if you're already touring around the town. Cape Gustinja Cape Gustinja is located around 7 kilometers from the city of Rovinj and it is a perfect location you can visit by boat. It is hard to reach by land and that is why its sparkling sea and jagged white rocks create a beautiful untouched atmosphere. In addition to that, this is also a site containing many footprints belonging to sauropod dinosaurs. This finding is specific because it is a heavily dinoturbated area. In other words the dinosaur prints in this location are numerous and they imply a lot of ground trampling. It is interesting to find out that such an isolated haven was once a meeting place of gigantic herbivore dinosaurs. Zlatne Stijene (Golden Cliffs) Located near the city of Pula, 'Zlatne Stijene' is a popular summer location and due to that it can sometimes get crowded. If you're planning to visit Pula and its numerous antique architectural sites you can also include this location in your trip. During the peak of the Cretaceous period this site was a playground for small carnivorous theropods. However there's no threat of becoming someone's lunch today, since the only remains of these lively hunters are their footsteps in the rocks. In case you want to avoid the crowd it would be advisable to visit this area in spring or early summer. Fenoliga Island This small island is located just off the coast of Cape Kamenjak. In the early Cretaceous period it was a threading ground for sauropods and small theropods but now it is a protected area because the surrounding reefs are a home to numerous sea flora and fauna. One of the most precious members of sea flora in the area are the underwater fields of Posidonia seaweed. This location is also important for being a frequent holiday spot for the illusive and endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Even though mooring is forbidden in this location, if you're sailing around and you’re interested in the biodiversity of the area you can drop your anchor in nearby coves of Cape Kamenjak, and take the organized boat trip to this little portal to the past.   When it comes to Mesozoic locations this isn't all Istria has to offer, so if you're ever sailing in the area let your inner adventurer run free and seek out other hidden prehistoric locations. Who knows, maybe you're the next person to discover a new interesting dinosaur trading route. ..
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Fifty Shades of Blue – Blue Cavern on the Island of Cres

Just when we think it can't get bluer than this, the Adriatic delights us with yet another natural gem. 'Plave Grote' also called the Blue Cavern on the island Cres is a true paradise for all types of holiday-goers whether you travel by yacht charter, your grandpa's boat or on foot, all the way from Lubenice. Before immersing yourself in the cerulean charm of the Blue Cavern depending on your means of traveling make sure to spread your beach towel, tie up your boat, tug your beard (if you have one), oil up with sun protection, tighten your bathing suit and splash into the sea.  Don't be shocked if you see ‘the hag’. Not the wrinkly monster from nightmares, but the spiny spider crab (Maja squinado) locally named ‘the hag’ – a loyal guardian of the Blue Cavern. Besides gleefully protecting the cavern, this sea creature is also in charge of cleaning the area. First Destination: Island Cres Holidays on the Adriatic should most certainly include a visit to the biggest Croatian island - Cres. This island has enough urban content to keep you entertained but also a plethora of untouched natural locations which hold the key to the best souvenir you can take home – a unique experience.  If you’re sailing your way to Cres it is useful to keep in mind that Cres has an ACI marina settled at the south part of the island with 450 berths including water and electricity hook ups. This marina also includes a reception, exchange office, restaurant, sanitary facility, grocery store, nautical equipment store, repairs shop and suite accommodations. At sundown, when the crickets’ song dies down, turn your eyes to the rocky hills and start counting sheep. This is how Cres wishes you a good night. Sailing Along the Coast of Cres If you set sail south of the marina, your attention will be captivated by the beauty of the alternating blue shades of the sea, thick greenery of the forests and flittering white of the sailboats. Sea, sun, capes, bays and with a bit of luck, dolphin’s dance and the flight of the griffon vulture; these are the riches that Cres bestows. Set sail towards Pernat cove and about 20 miles ahead you’ll reach the bluest location on Cres. Thanks to the depth of the coastline you can sail relatively close to the shore. Along the way you’ll pass by Valun, a beautiful seaside town known by its thick, forested hills. After Valun you’ll come by capes Zagalv and Miračine that give shape to three bays. After a sequence of capes your view is bound to land on Lubenice, located 378 meters above the sea line.  Legend states that this magnificent location got its name by a young maid Ljubica who settled on this hill after being exiled from Osor by her father for loving a man he didn’t approve of. If you’re lucky, this fabled location may become even more enchanting by the majestic flight of the griffon vulture. If you’re still not out of breath, brace yourself, for you’re nearing the bay Žanja which houses a unique natural phenomenon – the Blue Cavern. Fifty Shades of Blue After sailing into the bay Žanja, drop anchor at about 10-12 meter depth, somewhere in the middle of the bay. In addition to the main anchor it is advisable to use the additional anchor as well. After safely anchoring your vessel, tug your beard (if you have one), oil up with sun protection, tighten your bathing suit and splash into the sea. The Blue Cavern has two entrances. You can swim through the first entrance even during high tide; during low tide you can even enter in a dinghy, just make sure you lower your head to avoid any bumps.  The other entrance is completely submerged and you need to dive through it. Take note that this is easier to accomplish when diving out of the cave. This entrance is 5 meters long at the depth of 2 meters. It is thanks to this entrance and the light it transfers that the cavern is painted in such distinct shades of blue. The longer you stay in the cavern, more accommodated your eyesight becomes to the dark, enabling you to see a whole new range of bluish hues.  Within the cave you can find a small landing with perfectly rounded pebbles where you can rest.  Best light show can be experienced during August, around 5 PM, when the sun enters the cavern at the best angle for painting this location cerulean. You can’t find the souvenir that can measure up to the experience of the wonders hidden in the Blue Cavern.  Did you mention a hag? Granceola, grancigula, granzo, bogdan or simply the hag is an arthropod belonging to the species of migratory crabs. Red as a crab! Well… in this case we can say red as the hag. This crustacean’s body is painted in a red hue and its legs are red adorned with spots. Its shell is spiny and hairy and these slightly startling features are amplified by four long legs and two strong claws. It might not be the Miss of Adriatic but its appearance generates awe and its ‘shield’ reminds of a fearsome warrior protecting its dwelling. This makes the hag a perfect guard of the Blue Cavern.  By the way, this fearless sea creature is protected by The Decree on the Protection of Fish and other Sea Organisms. If you decide to dive through the submerged gateway of the Blue Cavern, make sure to wave to the hag on your way out. Thankfully it still hasn’t started charging the entrance so you can enjoy all the shades of blue completely free of charge! If you value the symbolism of colors, blue is the color of the sea and sky and it represents trust, wisdom, truth and haven. The Blue Cavern on the island Cres truly can be considered heavenly so come here and bask in beautiful shades of blue while being caressed by the golden rays of sun.  ..
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We give T-shirts for the whole crew!

To all our guests who book a boat by us this year, we give cool Yacht-Rent T-shirts. After you select the size of T-shirts, we will send them to the base. The best photos in T-shirts we will reward at the end of the season! ..
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Colors, Tastes and Fragrances of Palmižana

Wherever you might be sailing, the wind carries the fragrance of Palmižana. If you inhale this scent your heart will take lead and your sails will follow the route to this artistic, botanical haven. One of the legends of this area is created by the family Meneghello, whose members are responsible for the range of colors, tastes and fragrances of the unique botanical garden. This entire rhapsody is embellished by the art woven into this bay by Dagmar Meneghello.  In addition to that, this whole area is tangled in a hundred year old historical story. Anchors aweigh? Trip to Tar-tarus? The Secret of Paklina Islands In the past, these beautiful Adriatic islands were named ‘Pakleni’ or ‘Paklinski’ because of its pine wood that was used to make thick pine tar (locally known as ‘paklina’) used for caulking the wooden ships.  Paklina islands are located near the island of Hvar, and one of them, more precisely St.Clement Island, is home to Palmižana bay. ACI marina Palmižana is located at the northeastern side of the island. This marina is open from April until October and it counts 200 berths, equipped with water and electricity hookups.  Sailing in from the northern side is made easier by the rock Baba equipped with a black-red-black stand with two globes. This rock is visible during low tide and at night it is marked by a lighthouse settled on the stand.  It is recommended you stay away from the rock while sailing since it’s wider than it appears. When you arrive, take a deep breath, secure your vessel and head towards the mythical botanical garden unique to Plamižana.  Important People of Palmižana Everything started in 1906. thanks to Eugen Meneghello, a professor of botany and mathematics. After becoming the owner of a 790 acre family land, Eugen started realizing his vision; the exotic haven that remains a topic of conversation to this day. The Second World War destroyed a great portion of the garden but Eugen’s vision was restored with love and courage, by Toto and his wife Dagmar Meneghello. They replenished the soil and the vegetation but Dagmar also brought in an artistic dimension into the project. Today, Palmižana is greatly appreciated as a gathering place for artists known for its divine botany and unique promotion of art.   Younger generations of Meneghello family are still cherishing their grandfather’s vision. Divine botany is immersed in artistic expression and spread through by the breath of every plant in the garden. Divine Botany  This horticultural story is unique in the world and it started by introducing cactuses and other exotic plants to this area. What can you find in the botanical garden of Palmižana?  You can experience numerous species of Mediterranean flora, more than 20 kinds of agave, around 10 kinds of mimosa, around 100 xerophyte plants, Indian figs, opuntia cactuses, wild orchids, irises, rosemary, heather, sage and other plant species. You can also set your eyes on brugmansia plants – very poisonous and hallucinogenic plants used by Mexican and Indian shamans for expanding their spiritual visions. Besides enjoying the botanical garden, at this location you can also find an open art gallery, concert platform and a gastronomy temple that serves unique Mediterranean cuisine. Rosemary, sage, basil, lavender and other fragrant plants make Palmižana an ecological oasis, but they also turn the culinary fragrance into an irresistible beacon for gourmands. While sailing to Palmižana you can consider all the gifts that ‘Tar Islands’ have to offer, including the very gateway to the Garden of Eden. Only 2.5 nautical miles away from the island of Hvar you will find the bay of Palmižana, situated on the island where silence can be heard. In any case, this natural and unusual place made through the effort of Mother Nature and Meneghello family is a spot for resting your soul and truly experiencing peace of body and mind.   ..
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The Fearsome Cavern on Dugi otok - Gateway to another Realm

Thanks to the abundance of islands, the Dalmatian coast is one of the most interesting sailing areas in the Adriatic Sea. Island Dugi otok, one of the Adriatic precious gems is also situated in this area, just off the coast of Zadar. Many traditions and legends shroud the island but there is one particular location that stands out. It is said that in the ancient times, the fairy folk (that were once believed to walk among us) set out to divide Dugi otok in two. In order to achieve this, they started digging a deep rift in the narrowest part of the island, its middle part. However, they never accomplished this, because the dawn caught up with them before they completed the task. Therefore the fairy folk ended up forever trapped in the depths of earth with the cave as the only testimony of their plot. That cave was later named 'Strašna peć' meaning 'The Fearsome Cavern'. Shelter and warmth for the Stone Age settlers If you happen to be sailing through the Archipelago of Zadar make sure to mark this location on your chart. The cave itself is like a secret box filled with wonders for visitors of various interests. If you decide to challenge this location, don't leave your adventurous spirit behind. From the archeological point of view the cave is an indicator of early human life and activities in the area. 'Strašna peć' wasn't always considered as 'fearsome' as its name implies. Certain flint knife, discovered in its depths indicates that it was a place of shelter and warmth for the Stone Age settlers.   Important speleological location This cave is also considered an important speleological location. It has a grand entrance 10m wide and 7m high. The cave 'Strašna peć' was formed by the stratification of rudist limestone. The inside of the cave is rich with various cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and columns. When you enter, the cave floor develops a gradual slope, which becomes more tilted near the end of the cave, until it finally ends in a steep dive to the bottom. In between limestone columns, the forces of nature formed another structure reminiscent of gothic arches used in architecture, which adds to the reverence of the location. In addition to the impressive speleological phenomenon the cave is also a home to many interesting biological species. Cave dwellers are usually very interesting to behold, due to their adjustment to an environment different from the one we usually interact with. The most numerous and well known denizens of caves are bats, and 'Strašna peć' is a home to the largest bat colony in this part of Europe. One of the first caves open for exploration in Croatia Another interesting fact about this cave is that it has a significant role in the beginnings of Croatian tourism. The cave 'Strašna peć' was opened for visitors, for the first time in the year 1900. That makes it one of the first caves open for exploration in Croatia as well as first tourist location opened in the county of Zadar. 'The Fearsome Cavern' attracted many visitors, including some very prominent figures like the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph and king Edward VIII of England with his companion Miss Simpson. This natural site was unfortunately closed down when Word War I started and it was left forgotten until the year 2007, when it was once again readjusted for exploration. In addition to the cave ‘Strašna peć’ the island Dugi otok has many interesting sites to offer. Therefore, if you’re ever in the vicinity cast your anchor in the marina Veli Rat and explore the fascinating harmony of the blue Adriatic Sea, the green of the lush Mediterranean vegetation and the shady alcoves of ‘The Fearsome Cavern’. ..
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Yacht-Rent Photo Contest - Win a 500 € voucher!

PHOTO CONTEST for our guests is starting! Upload the best photos from sailing vacation with our Yacht Rent T-shirts and win a voucher of 500 €! The photo with the most votes wins! 1. Login to your Facebook profile first (especially if you are using a mobile device). 2. Click on the following link to Send photos and vote on the official contest page on Facebook.    Contest assignment Prepare your cameras and mobile phones and take quirky photos of your sailing holiday and make sure to include Yacht Rent T-shirts in your masterpiece. Choosing a winner Winner will be selected based on how many people Like an uploaded photo (number of likes). The contest ends at the midnight of Contest End Date. Tip You can greatly improve your chances of winning if you invite your friends to like your photo! Award The award is a 500 € voucher which can be used for a weekly rental of any boat in our offer for the next season. The voucher is applied to the vessel price after deducing all current discounts. Notes All photos must be taken by the person who sent them. YachtRent has the right to remove pictures that are considered to be inappropriate or ones with inappropriate likes. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, managed or associated with Facebook. Good Luck! ..
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Echoes of the deep blue

Adriatic Sea - the home to the largest dolphin community in the Mediterranean The dark depths of the sea hide many saltwater denizens. Some of those draw interest with their varied glowing colors and some invoke terror with their fearsome jaws and predatory nature, but they all fascinate us with their wonderful diversity. Even though there is a plethora of sea life to explore, people have always been especially charmed by a cheerful species of sea mammal, the dolphin. Their intelligence, playfulness and willingness to socialize makes them stand out in the whole animal kingdom. To back up this statement there are many testimonies of significant interaction between humans and dolphins which points to a deeper relationship among our kinds. Taking into account dolphins’ social nature and high intelligence India abolished the use of dolphins in aquatic theme parks under the argument that this specie should be seen as non-human persons and therefore have according rights. These energetic pranksters enjoy clean sea and they treat every inch of the sea area as their playground. There have been many projects to keep track of the dolphins' movement in the Adriatic as it seems they are rather fond of the Croatian coast. It is estimated that the Adriatic Sea is home to the largest dolphin community in the Mediterranean. Throughout the year there are many dolphin sightings in various areas of the Adriatic. Many people plan their vacations in hopes of catching glimpse of our elusive underwater siblings. Even though they often flitter along crowded coasts and beaches in Croatia, there's a far greater chance to encounter dolphins on a sailing or yacht chartering trip, since you can freely navigate through multiple locations. Blue World on the island of Lošinj – Dolphin Protection HQ If you're keen to follow the dolphin routes through the Adriatic, Lošinj, a home to the Blue World (Plavi Svijet) Institute, would be a great starting point. In addition to the general sea life protection programs, the institute Blue World keeps track of movements and safe being of the dolphin population in the Adriatic. They are a true treasure chest of information when it comes to this topic. In the institute you can find out many things about where the dolphins have been sighted lately, how large the dolphin communities are and how to behave when you see them. This last topic is especially important since many people, in their enthusiasm towards dolphins, make a mistake of chasing them with their vessels. That and the frequent noise from numerous boats traveling through the Adriatic Sea in summer are some of the reasons that dolphins have become such a rare sight lately. For this reason it is important to involve as much people as possible in the initiative to learn about and protect sea life. While you’re at the institute, you can also symbolically adopt your own registered dolphin of the Lošinj and Cres sea area. The Blue World Institute gives you an opportunity to adopt a specific dolphin that suites your liking. Each of the dolphins has a short profile describing their physical characteristics as well as their attitudes and behavior. Once you adopt a dolphin you get the adoption acknowledgment document, the dolphin’s ID (photo and description), membership in the Blue World Institute and the annual publication of the institute. Other Dolphin Playgrounds in Croatia Besides the islands Lošinj and Cres, The Kvarner Bay is generally considered a true hotspot of dolphin activity. Each summer there are many sightings of these cheerful sea beings. There had even been reports of them coming as close as Rijeka Port. This jolly band of sea marauders is known to travel in the vicinity of islands Cres, Krk and Rab, but they are also often found splashing around the fresh waters off the coast of Istria. All these locations are also beautiful tourist spots with a rich offer of their own curiosities so make sure to enjoy all the perks that these places offer. Since dolphins live practically everywhere in the Adriatic they can also be found in southern parts of the Croatian coast. According to numerous reports of tourists and fishermen alike, dolphins are also often sighted around the following locations: Kornati Archipelago, Islands Vis and Korčula and the coast around the town of Makarska. Since dolphins are very elusive and hard to notice in the open sea don’t focus your whole trip only on the chance of seeing these playful beings. Experience the richness of the Croatian coast with joy and good spirit and the dolphins might just decide to drop by and join you in your cheer.  Photos: Dolphins near the island of Krk in May, 2014 - by YachtRent crew :)   ..
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Set Course for the Island of the Famous Marco Polo

Visiting Korčula is one of the things you simply have to include on your 'to-do' list. It is the most populated Croatian island brimming with natural sites, cultural content and fun. This island offers many irresistible nautical havens and if you set your mind on sailing around it, get ready for 60 NM of pure adventure. If you're sailing from the direction of Mljet, there are 19 islets and an archipelago where you can moor and take a splash in the sea. In order to experience the historical aspect of the island, simply moor your boat in ACI marina Korčula, skim through the biography of the adventurous Marco Polo and stretch your feet in the direction of what is said to be his birth home all the while enjoying the medieval architecture of the city. The ACI marina is settled right beside the city core that is said to have given birth to one of the most famous travelers of the 14th century.  You couldn’t find a better starting point than this! Marco Polo HQ on Korčula The birthplace of this renowned merchant is still not agreed upon. The Italian claim he was born in Venice and the Croatian consider Korčula as his birth home. The historians gather evidence to back these claims. Many of them point to Korčula as a plausible location of Marco’s birth. The street where the house is located fits the location documented to be the exact home where the Polo family resided. In addition to that the Polo surname is connected to the waterfowl that was called ‘pol’ in that area. The historic evidence state that Marco’s signature was in fact ‘Pol’, instead of the Latinized ‘Polo’. Even more indicative is the fact that his family’s coat of arms bore three waterfowls. Isn’t it fitting and maybe not even coincidental, that the house believed to be birth home of Marco Polo is settled within this heart-shaped city.  Korčula City was constructed in the shape of a heart with two streets, reminiscent of fish bones, merging in the main street of the city. Heart, as a symbol of an adventurous spirit and a longing for the unknown is everything Marco Polo represented. Supposed birth house of this adventurer is settled right in the ‘heart’ of the city, north of the St. Marcus cathedral. Since April until September the house is open for sightseeing, both for groups and individuals, for a symbolic price of 12 and 20 kn. The house of Marco Polo stands witness to a small part of his rich life and marks a starting point for this world known wayfarer. For this reason this is certainly one of the top locations in retracing Marco’s steps. ‘Il Milione’ – the Tales of the World Marvels Marco Polo’s travel stories probably sounded quite surreal to the common folk in the area. Since he set off on a three and a half year long trip which he described in the book ‘Il Milione’, it is safe to assume that he simply started this travel wholeheartedly, fully immersing himself in its course. He traveled through Armenia, Persia, Afghanistan, Badakhshan plateau in Palmira area, all the way to the Chinese part of Turkmenistan where he continued through the Silk Road. Along the way he crossed two deserts Lop and Gobi and he carried on all the way to the Chinese borders. He had fascinating observation skills and also a keen capability to overcome the bounds of his Christian education and cross the expanse that turned him into a world traveler, merchant and writer that we speak of today. His book ‘Il Milione’ was created in prison with the help of his friend Rustichellio, and it served as an inspiration to Columbus on his explorations. Marco Polo was truly an amazing man, often regarded as an eccentric by his fellow contemporaries for his strong imagination and idealism. Man of the Thousand Stories World traveler and a Venetian merchant, Marco Polo, often shared his exotic stories after returning from one of his long trips. For many people, Marco’s descriptions, facts and numbers seemed greatly over exaggerated in comparison to reality. The numeral system of the time was simply not large enough for his tales and since million didn’t exist as a term, the expression used was thousand of thousands. Since Marco’s middle name was Emilio (Marco Emilio Polo) very soon the Venetian folk invented the term ‘emilioni’ which was later modified in the number million. Today, the term, million isn’t the only reminder of Marco Polo’s legacy; his name is also given to a Venetian airport, subspecies of sheep he came across on his trip through the Pamir mountain, as well as the first ship that sailed around the world in less than 6 months – a sailing boat build in Saint John in 1851. If you’re curious about the man with thousand of thousand stories, the man with the waterfowl in his name, who’s responsible for writing one of the most translated books in the world ‘Il Milione’, set sail in the direction of the Dalmatian southern wind ‘Jugo’ and head over to Korčula. Take a stroll through Korčula and feel its medieval rhythm.  Rediscover Marco Polo’s birth home, look around and think on what it would’ve been like, 800 years ago, to cross the world and bring the treasures of the Far East to the Mediterranean. ..
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Research - pleasure of boaters in Croatia

During the 2012. Tomas Nautica has done a research about sailors consumption and their satisfaction while sailing in Croatia. The study was conducted on 2171 respondents. Respondents are divided into two categories: those that sails on a chartered boat and those who come to Croatia with their own vessels. Respondents are sailors from 14 countries (Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Great Britain, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Netherlands.) Most sailors are aged 30-49 years (56%), followed by those older than 50 years (33%), and boaters under the age of 29 (12%). Boaters are in average 45 years old. More than a quarter of boaters have completed college or a university degree (77%) and every other sailor comes from a households with a monthly income above 3,500.- EUR. Foreign sailors are loyal to Croatia, three quarters of them have boats in Croatia and in the 2012. year only 12% of boaters visited Croatia for the first time. The main source of information is the previous experience (46%), internet (29%) and the recommendations of friends and relatives (24%). Importance of the Internet is growing, from 25% in year 2007. to 29% in year 2012. Boaters are usually arriving by car (69%) and by airplane (14%). In Croatian charter were 49% of boaters, 42% of sailors sailed on boats in personal property, 6% of the vessels were owned by friends / relatives, less than 3% of vessels were in foreign charter. ..
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Adriatic Sea

The Mediterranean Sea is exposed to an increasing number of threats. Marine pollution, traffic, climate change, all of these are the cause of the poor condition and pollutiion of environment. The modern answer to this problem can be protected marine areas. Today is protected only 4% of the total sea area of the Mediterranean Sea. There is hope for improvement because the international Convention on Biological Diversity obliges to increase marine protected areas to 10% by 2020. These parts must be separated by their ecological importance. Allow the preservation of the area, encouraging the local community economy, the sustainability of fish stocks and the economy of the community. Its beauty is the most basic features of our planet and also one of the most important goods of Republic of Croatia. The incredible fact is that in Croatia, protected areas are covering 12.2% of the land and only 1.94% of the sea surface, which is less than the Mediterranean average. See is covering half of the total territory of the Republic of Croatia and is the worst protected eco-system. It is still protected by several legal regulations. Marine protected areas of Croatia in terms of national parks and nature parks are covering only five areas, only three national and two nature parks. The oldest is Mljet which was declared as national park back in the 1960s. Kornati National Park was declared as protected area in 1980s. while the national park Brijuni in 1983. ..
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Mooring prices in Croatian ports

Adriatic is extremely tempting sailing destination and since Croatia will join European Union soon, the same trend will be continued. Jadran is extremely appealing to all European navigators and even more. Mooring places are extremely popular, especially those in the sea, although moorings on land are increasingly demanded in last few years. Availability of berths in ports depends on many factors. In recent years, nautical tourism is extremely popular and the prices are raising increasingly. Marinas offers to its customers numerous services and service prices are divided into seasonal and one off-seasonal prices. If you have rented a vessel of average length of 12 m you will need to set aside about 480 Kunaa per day while in high season berth costs approximately 530 Kunas. For vessels about 15 m will have to pay 580 Kunas per day. Boaters with average income can afford only a berth at the smaller sport ports but the problem is that the demand for moorings exceeds the available capacity. For example, one of the largest marina on the Adriatic coast, Marina Kastela, with over 420 berths offers still available berths. For boat length approximately 12 m monthly berth costs 705 Euros while annual berth stands 650 Euros. ..
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Surfing in the cockpit

If you can not live without your favorite iPad device on the chartered vessel in hard weather conditions, then there is a conceptual ideal solution for you. Light case for your iPad has superior technology. With this kind of device you can operate safely in dry conditions while sailing or hiking or any other sport activity. Absolutely resistable for shocks and water, the screen is protected and it has excellent visibility even in sunny weather. Compact and easy to use with great sound transmition. ..
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"1300 plans of Croatian Adriatic" publication

After publishing in Croatian, English, German and Italian language, work on the second expanded and updated edition of the publication "1300 plans of Croatian Adriatic" in English is finished. In this extremely important nautical guide you can find plans of all ports, marinas, piers and bays that boaters can sail, moorings or anchorages in them and where to spend the night.   In textual part you can find the main characteristics of the connections or anchorages, the most frequent winds, type of bottom, landmarks and warning when danger is approaching. With plans were published also situational maps in order for you to be placed in specific waters and a brief description of the characteristics of a particular locality. Data in the text section were compared with the real situation in each place in May 2013. Source: More magazine.   ..
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Lipari 41

A renewed version of the popular catamaran from the famous French manufacturer is present, that is known for its excellent sailing characteristics with less luxury and comfort. In recent years Lipari 41 offers a high level of comfort and convenience. There is a proprietary version of the catamaran with three cabins, although the charter suitable model is the one with 4 cabins. This model has been carefully modernized and refined in order to continue to remain competitive in the market. Fountaine Pajot was founded way back in year 1976. and was founded by foreign sailors: Jean-François Fountaine and Yves Pajot who initially built small boats and various IOR prototypes. They start to build fast racing catamarans in year 1981. and the first production catamaran was built and launched in the market two years later. It was Louisiana 37. 1998. Factory presents its first series of motor catamarans. They take care about the environmental impact and pollution also. Boats are built with special technology with smaller hulls and decks, and have greater strength and less weight than the competition. The mission in the future is to build a relatively simple catamarans with exceptional navigational features, flying fast with less comfort and luxury. More about this firm you can find at official web site. ..
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Salona Yachts at the World Championships

Solins company AD ships and their popular brand of boat Salona Yachts, is the fourth consecutive year, the official sponsor of the ORC World Championship that was held this year in the period of 21 to 29 June. In Salona Yachts they are extremely proud of official sponsorship each year. This year in Ancona they expect even larger turnout, compared to 130 last years competitors. Total 6 Salona 38 will participate in the competition. AD company was founded in year 2002. with many years of experience in the shipbuilding industry, and achieving a high rating in shipping. Salona 45 is the first model produced in the factory and subsequently began a production of Salona 40 Salona 37. In recent years, production has expanded to small motor boats Maestral. In year 2007. they have presented Salona 42 model. All above mentioned vessels can be found in our complete yacht charter offer. More information about the company AD ships can be found here. ..
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"Sailing in Croatia" Guide

Association for the promotion of tourism destinations, products and services UZAP announced now his third free travel guide for mobile and tablet devices called "Sailing in Croatia." Every year there is a dilemma which destination to visit for the holidays. Hotel or hostel, car or plane, yacht or boat? Renting a yacht or boat really does not fall often on mind. This guide is excellent for dispelling myths about unattainable and expensive boat charter and sailing across the Croatian coast. This guide provides to all visitors and guests useful information about the voyage on the Croatian Adriatic. Sailing in Croatia's guide in available now in English, accompanied by numerous photographs and interesting topics. Every true sailor certainly wants to read it since its ideal for viewing on mobile and tablet devices, and can be used at any time and in any place. To view the guide you wil l need internet access and before viewing it is necessary to download to it to your mobile device. Guide contains useful information for boaters as well as descriptions of all known Croatian islands, a list of gas stations, a detailed description of all the marina, general information about Croatia, as well as information about the arrival and movement around the country. You can start with an online overview. ..
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Sailors from Russia

In the first half of this year there was an increase in arrivals of boaters, and has increased the number of charters of yachts, boats, catamarans and motor yachts in the Adriatic. This is a figure which is higher than the previous year. Charter companies have ended the month of July with more than 32.000 leases. At this point in the information system of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure (the e-Crew) there is recorded 1815 charter companies. In the same period, on the Adriatic there has been 19.210 sailors, an increase of 2.3 percent compared to last year. A significant increase was recorded among sailors and guests from Sweden, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the U.S. and Russia. Only sailors from Russia this year has been almost 1.000 more than last year, while last year recorded number was 5000 sailors from this country. At the same time, there was a decrease in arrivals of boaters from Slovenia, Germany and Italy. The concentration of the other guests was more or less similar to last year. More interesting information can be found here. ..
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Thousand island race

Sailing Club of Rijeka and Porto Montenegro Yacht Club announced a new race along the Croatian coast, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. This regatta will be held for the first time since 19 to 28 September this year. The art is to choose sailing along the coast or at sea, and also to consider the other facts crucial to catch the goal before the others.   The new event will have two stages, the first stage, which starts in Rijeka 21.09., includes visiting the islands: Unije, Susak, Premuda, Long Island, Kornati, Vis, Lastovo and Mljet and ending in the new marina Porto Montenegro in Tivat. The entire route will count about 300 miles, with the need to obay the technical challenges of the demanding navigation. For the race can register boats longer than 9 yards and with stability index more than 110. More details about the event can be found here. ..
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Handbook: Weather on Adriatic

This manual is an indispensable part of the library on each boat or yacht chartered to sail across the Adriatic. It contains a lot of useful information about the winds on the Adriatic Sea, about the dangers that can get you into trouble, the local storm signs and folk wisdom about weather forecast. It contains about 176 pages with high quality photographs of all weather conditions with detailed descriptions of individual waters. You will know the particularities of various Adriatic regions. You will learn to read weather maps, correctly and comprehensively listen weather forecast, how to browse trough the weather sites, and all of this will make your charter trip safe and enjoyable. This manual is different from others because besides the classic advices and information it includes parts about the customs and experiences of fishermen and sailors who on many occasions guarded their lives and property. Source: More magazine. ..
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Clean Adriatic

Clean Adriatic In mid-June this year, there was signed a cooperation agreement on the prevention of pollution of the sea, between representatives of the Croatian Hydrographic Institute and the Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, University of Dubrovnik with representatives of the Institute of Seismology of Montenegro, and the Institute of Marine Biology in Kotor. European IPA project Jaspper agreement offers the ultimate goal to contribute to the reduction of transboundary pollution and conservation of the marine ecosystem in waters of Dubrovnik and Montenegro. The aim is also to strengthen cross-border cooperation in the joint management of waste water and the prevention of marine pollution. The Institute has been working on a number of international projects. The total value of the project is around 600 thousand Euros. With this project, it will be possible to control the quality of the marine areas in the southern part of the Adriatic Sea and the planned duration of the project is 24 months. Project activities will take place in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Montenegro coast and Konavle. ..
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Overview of the Croatian Charter Fleet

Tourism stands out as one of the most influential and successful branches of economy in Croatia and its impact is mostly attributed to seaside tourism. Consistently, it is not a surprise that yacht chartering represents an important element in the coastal touristic offer. Development of Yacht Charter in Croatia Observed individually, yacht renting industry in Croatia experienced a notable growth since the year 2003 (in accordance with the data found on This growth is visible through the significant increase of the number of vessels in the Croatian yacht charter offer and it is contributed to a large number of factors both within and outside of the service sector. Here, we will go through some of the most plausible reasons for such boost in this line of tourism.   The growth and increase of the number of boats in Croatia over the years First and the most obvious reason would be the growing worldwide interest in the nature and holiday hotspots of the Croatian coast. In recent years Croatia stopped being just a European touristic micro location and started popping up as a requested location for varied groups of tourists around the world. Known for its untouched nature, rich historic and cultural heritage, tempting Mediterranean cuisine and affordable prices, Croatia found itself in the midst of the constantly developing global touristic offer. In that midst, yacht chartering in Croatia additionally offers more freedom to explore the coastline and privacy for the more illusive clientele. It is not a secret that the idea of sailing the Adriatic already drew a fair number of celebrities to Croatia. Another important role in the development of yacht charter in the Adriatic is likely attributed to the improved capabilities for financing the vessels through leasing and affordable credit options. This in turn also creates better opportunities for utilizing the profit reinvestment plan. To clarify, many businesses opt to reinvest their gain into vessels which are then included in the Croatian yacht rent offer. Most often it is the yacht chartering companies that decide to reinvest their profit into new boats to expand their offer, but this is not always the case. If they find the situation advantageous to their needs, other businesses also promptly choose to exercise this option.  Statistic Overview Thanks to these and possible other reasons, Croatian coast is known for a versatile and quality yacht charter offer. This offer includes four main types of vessels:  sailboats, motorboats, catamaran and gulet  boats. In the year 2003, according to the collected data, there were 1212 vessels in the yacht charter offer. Since then the Croatian charter fleet grew proportionately. Only exceptions to this were the years 2008 and 2009 that mark a slight decrease and stagnation due to the global economic crisis. Today, the charter fleet counts 3013 vessels. At the moment, most of the vessels in the fleet fall under the sailing boat category. The next by number of vessels are the motorboats followed by catamaran and finally, least represented gulet boats. The most stable increase is detected in the number of sailing boats and catamaran whereas motorboats and gulet boat type display some periods of stagnation and slight decrease.  It is safe to say that the present year, 2014, stands out as the year with the greatest number of all types of vessels until now.      The Future of Yacht Charter in Croatia  In order to maintain or even improve the rich offer of vessels in the Adriatic it is necessary to take care of the following issues. One of the most important, if not the most important advantage that makes Croatia a touristic hotspot is its untouched and undisturbed nature. However, recently these natural riches are threatened from several directions. In order to define itself as a true natural touristic haven and present itself as a responsible and ecologically conscientious country, Croatia should promptly secure its biological diversity by drawing firm lines when it comes to any activities that affect and can potentially harm that diversity. Other points that play an important role in the further development of the yacht charter in Croatia are the state’s legal and administrative elements. In some cases not adequately defined or justifiable, related laws are prone to overly frequent changes. This creates difficulties for the economical development of the tourism sector and should be dealt with in a manner where legal and administrative elements form a stable and secure basis for further investments in this field. On the plus side, besides peaking in the quantity of vessels, the year 2014 also brings numerous improvements regarding naval tourism in Croatia. It is recognized that quality is the ultimate goal and as a result much has been invested in improving the offer of marinas on the Adriatic coast. Besides marinas, the quality of vessels for rent is also getting specific attention. It is important to note that quantity of boats should not be the ultimate goal that overrides the quality of the offer, it is important for yacht charter businesses to establish and maintain the balance between the two. In addition to the well-developed destination management we can also notice an obvious improvement in the transport infrastructure, for example the construction of new highways, investment in the improvement of existing airports, a more versatile offer at airports etc. Having taken this into consideration we are interested what you see in store for the Croatian charter fleet in the following years? ..
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Ship in the Wine Bottle

If you own a boat, be sure to make time for a visit to the southern Dalmatian coast. Just 2 nm from Korčula, you can find the second biggest Croatian peninsula Pelješac, the birthplace of two of the finest Croatian wines; Dingač and Postup. Take upon yourself the liberty to uncover everything about Pelješac vineyards that bring forth the premium quality Croatian wines. This is a golden opportunity to find a perfect bottle for your ship and finish your sailing trip by observing the fading hues of the setting sun from your deck.  Wine road of Pelješac Wine road of Pelješac was constructed on the foundation of the Napoleon road that was built more than two centuries ago and it traverses through the most beautiful parts of the peninsula. Along the road you can find numerous cultural monuments and by taking a tour you can become acquainted with the entire process of winemaking. This road became a main route for many curious travelers; local and foreign tourists, yacht charter holiday-goers, people seeking relaxation as well as the extreme sport thrill-seekers.  If you dock your boat in Orebić there are several ways to tour the inland of the penninsula and its wine roads; you can rent a bike, motorbike or a car or take a taxi. The wine road is located around 15-20 minutes by car from the coastline. The picturesque vineyards of Pelješac tickle your imagination and the wine cellars hide the finest wines in the area. In order to facilitate traveling through the southern hills from Potomje, a 400 meter long Dingač tunnel was constructed. It’s interesting because at its very start you already see the light at the end of the tunnel. This tunnel requires a specific method of going through it; when you reach the tunnel take time to se if there are any vehicles at the other end. If that is the case, then wait for your turn. However if the coast is clear, the tunnel is all yours! ;) In case of an emergency there are still several lay-bys within the tunnel.  Two Siblings – Dingač and Postup There is no reason not to taste both of the exquisite flavors of the Pelješac vineyards.  Dingač is a protected wine of dark red - purple color with blue reflections. The taste can be described as harmonious and full with a slight bitter tinge. Postup is the other protected Croatian wine produced from over-ripe grapes of the Plavac Mali variety harvested at the Postup area of the Pelješac vineyard. A good year for making Postup is considered to be the one that due to specific micro-climatic conditions gives birth to over-ripe grapes with 30% of dry berries increasing the sugar content of the wine. In some years Dingač vineyard area can get berries so dry that they raise the ethanol content; some years even the ethanol content even reaches the highest possible level. The fermentation process is sometimes stopped before all the sugar ferments so both Dingač and Postup can be found as dry or semi-dry wines. A Short History of the Best Glass of Wine Wine is interwoven with the history of Dubrovnik. Since the ancient times all through the period of the Republic of Dubrovnik the tradition of vineyards has always been maintained and cherished. The 1272. statute contains the incredible 56 laws regulating wine production. As a village, Dingač is mentioned in the year 1653, however for more than a century it was forbidden to plant vineyards in Pelješac. It was only in 1820. that Petar Violić from Potomje was granted the permission to plant one in Dingač. More precisely, he had 1680 square meters on his disposal to plant the grapevines. This started the history of Dingač as a vineyard area and its premium quality wine. Art of Traveling Accompanied by Premium Wines  Sailing along the southern coast of Croatia impresses even the hardiest of sailors. The sight of the Adriatic, its hidden coves covered by unique Mediterranean flora, all accompanied by the orchestra of crickets is truly a breath taking sensation.  However to explore the lands that give birth to finest grapes, and the specific locations that nurture quality wines that create a symphony of flavors on your palate is definitely one of a kind experience. Dingač and Postup – a premium bottle for your boat!   ..
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Rijeka’s Torpedo Launch Station (TLS) - First in the World

Due to its ideal geographical position and the sea depth level, the City of Rijeka became a powerful industrial centre as early as the 19th century. It drew worldwide interest in the 1870-ies being the birthplace of the first Torpedo Launching Station. Today, it stands as a protected monument to the industrial heritage, displaying immense technological and innovative value. Rijeka’s TLS, was soon followed by many others around the world, built on lake shores and sea shores alike. If you sail frequently or you just found yourself on a touristic yacht trip through the western coast of Rijeka, you have the privilege of a seaside view of Rijeka’s TLS, the first of its kind in the world. You can approach the station from land as well, by docking in a small port located just around 50 meters from the TLS. If you decide to investigate the site from land you need to be very cautious and under no condition should you enter the launching station since it has deteriorated to a nearly ruinous state. How did it All Start? Giovanni Luppis, also known as Salvacoste – ‘the coastsaver’, envisioned a defensive weapon against enemy ships and in that way he initiated the invention of the torpedo. Robert Whitehead, the manager of Rijeka’s technical department, changed Luppis’ concept and developed a self-propelled locomotive torpedo prototype which was tested in 1866. By the time of the test launching in 1868, he invented a launch barrel which was built in the Austrian gunship ‘Gemse’, which made ‘Gemse’ the first ship with torpedoes in the world. Rijeka’s TLS was continuously being tested in the period between the years 1875 and 1877. Later, at the same location, more modern launch stations were built and so in 1935 the last TLS construction took place giving birth to the launch station we can see today. The TLS now has the shape of the last reconstruction that took place after WW2. Further Developments of the Torpedo After the initial torpedo production it was necessary to hold numerous launching tests in order to reach the maximum technical accuracy and efficiency. The most important devices on the launch station were the launching tubes, engines used for firing the torpedo, the gyroscope and the depth regulator for controlling the torpedo launching route. All the torpedoes produced in Rijeka had to go through a test launch, after which they would be returned to the factory for additional processing and re-launching as many times as it was necessary to fulfill all the required specifications of the customer.  Torpedo Launch Stations around the World After the first shipment of Rijeka’s torpedoes to the Austro-Hungarian Navy, the licenses for the production and distribution of torpedoes were requested by Germany, France, Suedo-Norwegian Union, Russia, Denmark, Turkey, England, Portugal and many others. Many similar launching objects were built around the world for the purpose of holding training courses for handling torpedoes and to reach the optimal launching results (today 43 such objects are known). These objects are called ‘sea cathedrals’ due to their monumental built, characteristic positioning and historic value. At that time the torpedo, regally stood as a symbol of highest achievements of technology. Rijeka’s launch station is a monument representing unique technology that marked the 19th and 20th century. It is also a listed cultural monument, noted on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). If your sails start humming the municipal anthem ‘My Dearest Rijeka’ (Najdraža Rijeko) drop your anchor for a moment, near Rijeka’s western industrial sector, close to the ‘3. Maj’ shipyard. Take this time to get acquainted with the first torpedo launch station in the world, that will, hopefully, soon be refurbished and open to public in its full cultural, historical, industrial, technological and touristic capacity. Whether you’re a ‘torpedoist’ or just an all-round tourist, whether you’re drawn to Rijeka’s daily allure or it’s the nocturnal offer that beckons you, it’s very simple! As soon as you pass the torpedo launching ramp, you will find yourself on the route to a modern day port of Rijeka where you can moor your yacht overnight, and from there, set out on a nocturnal fun time quest or a pleasant daytime stroll along Korzo. Either way, Enjoy!     ..
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Savudrija’s Lighthouse of Love

Settled on the very north of the Croatian coast, in the municipality of Umag, the lighthouse of Savudrija is known for being the most northern of all Adriatic lighthouses. Casting its light as far as 32 kilometers or 17 NM, it stands 36 meters tall and it houses one very lucky lighthouse manager. Built in the year 1818, it is the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, as well as the first European lighthouse fueled by gas. The lighthouse of Savudrija is also a very sturdy building. Despite being built in a windy area, thanks to its good construction and heavy roof tiles (70kg) it resists even the strongest ‘bura’ (north-eastern wind). Wind is not the only force this building resisted; in 1945 it was mined by German soldiers. Thankfully, in the nick of time, it was saved from being blown up. In the midst of all these anecdotes, this lighthouse is rightly remembered for a love story. Before it was built, there stood a house, protected by tall walls, build by an Austrian nobleman, Metternich for his local paramour. Metternich is said to have been quite taken by his beloved, so much so, that he decided to build a lighthouse next to her home. Regretfully, the unfortunate girl never lived to see the lighthouse cast its light, since she passed away short before its completion. Grieved and forlorn, Metternich left Istria never to be seen again, yet it is said that the lighthouse still echoes with the steps of his unfortunate lover. If you’re spending your yacht charter vacation near Umag, make sure to sail a bit more north and explore the intriguing historic offer of the Savudrija area. Photos:, Wikipedia ..
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Surreal Beauty of the Blue Grotto at Biševo Island

The island of Biševo, located 4.8 NM from the town of Komiža on the island of Vis, is known by its interesting coastline and an abundant sea bed. The strongest impression is imprinted by its caves that adorned Biševo with its local name L'isola dei busi (The Island of holes). As early as 19th century, the fascinating scenery of the Blue Grotto was captured by baron Ransonet, who was, in fact, the one responsible for opening the wider entrance to the cave. The Blue Grotto is located in Balun Bay, at the eastern side of the island and you can join the guided tour of the location in the port Mezoporat. Beauty of the Blue Grotto of Biševo The Grotto is 14m long, around 12m wide, 15m tall and 16 m deep. It has two openings; the underwater opening, that also serves as a lens for sunlight (10m wide and 18m deep), as well as the opening that was widened in 1884 in order to enable boats to enter. The grotto is famous for its peculiar blue and silver shades produced by a specific phenomenon. The sunlight breaks through the underwater opening, where it refracts and produces blue hues. Depending on the time of day and the angle of the light refraction within the cave, the colors may blend in and paint the sea in the grotto into a peculiar color reminiscent of liquid silver.  In the 19th century, enchanted by the wonders of the grotto, Baron Ransonet decided to paint the irresistible environment of the Blue Grotto. In order to do this, he constructed a wooden aisle settled on an iron structure that was fastened in the central area of the grotto. By using several mirrors, he guided the sunlight to his canvas and in that way he painted several oil painting pieces. Due to his artistic fervor, he forgot about the weather conditions and almost got trapped in the grotto, only to be saved by the fishermen from Biševo.   Many esteemed thinkers and world travelers consider the Blue Cave of Biševo even more impressive than the world famous cavern Grotta Azzura at the island of Capri near Naples. In the year 1951, the grotto of Biševo was, among other honors, adorned with the title of a protected geomorphologic monument of nature. How to reach Mezoporat? Apart from travelling by your own vessel, you can also reach Mezoporat by a ferry line from the town of Komiža or by paying for transport by one of the numerous dinghies, motorboats or other vessels located and advertised at Komiža port. Hired transport costs around 100kn in addition to the entrance fee to the grotto, with the whole trip lasting from 30 minutes to an hour. The ferry line costs less, but the ferry travel schedule requires you to spend the day in Biševo. Since swimming isn’t allowed in the grotto, the beaches of Biševo might be just the place to spend your time while waiting for the scheduled departure. When to visit the Blue Grotto? The touristic preseason and season include the following period: 01.04 – 31.10, while the grotto itself is a part of the touristic offer commissioned by the Nautical Center of Komiža ltd. The entry fee to the grotto costs around 40 to 50 kn for adults and 20 to 25kn for children (depending on the time of year). The entrance fee is free for children younger than 6 years. Tickets can be purchased in Mezoporat port. If you decide to embark on an individual visit to the grotto, the time of year isn’t an issue but weather conditions certainly are. The entrance to the grotto is especially narrow (height 1m, width 1,5 m) so it’s of highest importance to choose good sailing conditions and peaceful sea with little to no waves. It is also necessary to arrange the appropriate size boat/barge to enter the grotto. During the organized trips to the grotto, the concessionaire uses a barge around 5-6m long that can enter the grotto with no difficulty. If the sea is rough and the weather isn’t appropriate, the grotto is ‘closed’ for the visitors.  Many say that in order to witness the full spectacle of the Blue Grotto it is best to visit during spring or fall, when there’s no crowd, and observe the enchanting lightshow at high noon. In addition to the alluring visual color specter, the sea in that time of year also creates a specific musical rhapsody with its timely clash with the rocks. Let the pristine nature of Biševo draw you to set sail, since there are some sights that cannot be described, only experienced. "There is no man alive, capable of describing the beauty of this cavern. He can only describe his own sentiments, but it is beyond human capacity to speak of something that can only be seen. Even the greatest poets and artists shouldn’t try their hand at this task, for no matter what and how they write of this unique cavern it is destined to pale in comparison. Therefore one should merely say: go and look. “ Unofficially translated quotation from: Petar Kuničić, "Vodič po Viškom arhipelagu" 1932. Photos: Free to use this photos as long as you include photo credit with a clickable (hyperlinked) and do-follow link to our webpage. You can find many other interesting photos of Croatia on our Flickr profile.   ..
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From the Rooftops of Lastovo

Southern coast of Croatia has a lot to offer to roving sailors, but if you feel more adventurous you might want to sail a bit further from the coastline and visit this peculiar location. Around 55 NM away from the coastline of Dubrovnik, you can find the Archipelago of Lastovo counting 46 islands; with the main island Lastovo at its center.  With the landmass of 42 km2 it may not be one of the bigger Croatian islands, but nonetheless it is a home to numerous curiosities and many beautiful sites and traditions. Thanks to its military past, this location was closed off to the public until 15 years ago. This assured the protection of the natural wealth which is maintained to this day through Lastovo’s status as a nature park. However, this means that yachting visitors are required to pay a daily fee of 2.70 Euros per person. All this makes Lastovo a quirky combination of natural beauty, military history and rooted traditional values. Approaching from the NW you can find the main harbor in the sheltered inlet of Luka Velji Lago containing a yacht quay and a number of anchorages. On the north side there are anchorages at Mali Lago and Zaklopatica and on the south side you can moor at Skirvena Luka. Make sure to browse around these locations; in addition to being anchorages, they are also beautiful spots with some interesting sites to see, for example the abandoned submarine pen* near Mali Lago. Tradition Restored: The Fumari of Lastovo Among its sparkling bays, lovely beaches and murmuring waves the true site that sparks interest can be found more inland, at the most sizable settlement of the island, the Lastovo Town. The best way to reach this location would be mooring at St. Michael’s Bay and hiking to the town. Next to the bay you can also find Lučica; once a fishermen’s settlement, now a protected historical site with peculiar stone architecture. To reach Lastovo town from Lučica, you can take a 900 meter long paved road or a 400 meter long walk through the forest, for those that are also inclined to adventures on land. The peculiar sites hidden within this fortified town are the curious architectural structures; the chimneys of Lastovo, locally known as the ‘fumari’ of Lastovo. A site that is hard to describe with words, these chimneys date back to 15th and 16th century and they literally come in different shapes and sizes. From tower-like structures to gargoyles teasing the neighboring house, anything goes with Lastovo chimney design. Some of these chimneys also come with a pair of horns! The act of putting horns on the chimney is actually an old tradition that is meant to protect from the malevolent ‘evil eye’. The owners of the house would place the horns on the chimney in the direction from where they believed the curse was coming from. Rarely addressing true witchcraft, this practice would usually imply unpleasant and naggy neighbors. In the midst of such original constructions, the mystery lies in the origin of such quirky architectural expression. Since no written evidence on this topic exists, many theories can be found floating around. Some speculate that the peculiar constructions have something to do with the strong winds known to this area. Since many chimneys have a specific minaret-like appearance it was also suggested that a certain traveler, influenced by the exotic Middle Eastern sites, constructed a chimney reminiscent of Arabic architecture. It is speculated that other settlers, charmed by the exotic appearance, adopted this practice and it spread across the island with islanders competing in constructing the most witty, intriguing and creative chimney. This centuries-old tradition is still being treasured and maintained by the present denizens of Lastovo.  If you are a fan of such specific sites, visiting the Archipelago of Lastovo is definitely a good idea. Due to being an underpopulated, remote location, to its visitors, Lastovo offers serene and peaceful atmosphere but also many opportunities to interact with the local tradition. Moreover, if you’re planning to include Italy in your itinerary, Lastovo can serve as a good stopping point between the Croatian and Italian coast. If peculiar architecture titillates your curiosity and you enjoy exploring local history and traditions in a serene environment, mark Lastovo on your route, you definitely won’t regret it. * Submarine pen – a bunker designed to protect submarines from air strikes Author: Natalija Borjanović Photos: Free to use this photos as long as you include photo credit with a clickable (hyperlinked) and do-follow link to our webpage. You can find many other interesting photos of Croatia on our Flickr profile. ..
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GREAT HOLIDAY OFFER - 7 days of boat rental FREE OF CHARGE!

We have excellent news concerning the upcoming holidays! For each week you book in the period between 14.03.2015 and 16.05.2015 you are granted a week of boat rental free of charge (in the period of 10.10.2015 – 14.11.2015) The offer applies to the following vessels: Bavaria 37 2015 "1" Bavaria 37 2015 "2" BAVARIA 50 2005 "Francisco" Sun Odyssey 45 2005 "Lisi" Sun Odyssey 45 2007 "Avi" Sun Odyssey 45 2007 "Adriana" Sun Odyssey 50 DS 2009 "Samantha" ADRIA 1002 2007 Engine 2 * 125 PS "Carolina" ADRIA 1002 2010 Engine 2 * 125 PS "Paulina" This unique offer applies to all bookings made until 01.01.2015. You can email us at with the email subject ‘GREAT OFFER’ and take advantage of this excellent opportunity! ..
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Prolonged early booking discount, take the opportunity and save money!

Early booking is always a great chance for considerable savings, but it doesn’t stop at that. By making a reservation in this period you also get the benefit of choosing a boat from a greater number of available vessels. In addition to that you also realize your vacation arrangements on time thus relieving yourself of unnecessary and often stressful last minute preparations. A lot of our partner charter companies, have extended the deadline for early booking until 31.1.2015., with the exception of some boats that are up for early booking as late as 28.2.2015. Contact us by e-mail at: to choose and book your preferred boat on time. ..
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Experience the carnival madness in Venice by boat!

Rent a boat with heating (with great discount!) and be a part of one of the world's most famous carnival in an original way. 7 days - weekly charter from 7.2.2015 -14.2.2015 or 14.2.2015 -21.2.2015, starting from Izola (Slovenia). It is also possible to rent a boat for short period of 2 - 3 days.  Take a look at prices for weekly charter and boats available for this special offer.     Boats with heating BAVARIA 50 cruiser (5 cab, 10+1 pax) 2700 € -20% special discount = 2160 € ELAN 444i (4 cab, 8+2 pax)      2100 € -20% special discount = 1680 € OCEANIS 40 (3 cab, 6+2 pax)   1350 € -20% special discount = 1080 € ELAN 394i (3 cab, 6+2 pax)    1450 € -20% special discount = 1160 € ELAN 384i (3 cab, 6+2 pax)         1280 € -20% special discount = 1024 € SALONA 37R (3 cab, 6+2 pax) 1100 € -20% special discount = 880 € SUN ODYSSEY 37 (3 cab, 6+2 pax) 1100 € -20% special discount = 880 € ELAN 354i (3 cab, 6+2 pax)   1200 € -20% special discount = 960 € SUN ODYSSEY 33i (2 cab, 4+2 pax)  1120 € -20% special discount = 896 €   Boats with fan heater DUFOUR 44 (4 cab, 8+2 pax)    1650 € -20% special discount = 1320 € BAVARIA 38 cruiser (3 cab, 6+2 pax) 1250 € -20% special discount = 1000 € OCEANIS 37 (3 cab, 6+1 pax)  1250 € -20% special discount = 1000 € BAVARIA 37 cruiser(3 cab, 6+2 pax)  1150 € -20% special discount = 920 € BAVARIA 33 cruiser (2 cab, 4+2 pax)  950 € -20% special discount = 760 € BAVARIA 31 cruiser (2 cab, 4+2 pax) 920 € -20% special discount = 736 €         In addition to the carnival in Venice, this can be an excellent opportunity to visit the beautiful cities in Istria (Novigrad, Rovinj, Vrsar, Porec, Pula, Brioni islands), the northern Adriatic (Krk, Cres, Opatija, Rijeka...), the Slovenian coast (Koper, Izola, Piran, Portoroz) and Italy (Trieste, Grado...).   If you intend to arrive by plane, nearest airports are Trieste Ronchi dei Legionari (I), Venice (I), Ljubljana (Slo).   Contact us for reservation and all details on or by phone +38598369692. ..
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Make your Valentine's Day special by sailing around the Love island

This year in Zadar and Pašman channel you can participate in unique events on Valentine's Day. The program is tailored to sailors, bikers and pedestrians.   Take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Pašman channel, place that unites peace and love, while carrying out some enjoyable tasks: Sail around the four islands of beauty and peace Tie a male or female  knot Hang a heart with your name on the olive tree, the tree of peace and wisdom. For all details and reservations please contact us by e-mail:     ..
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Private Honeymoon Cruise on Croatian coast

All-inclusive romantic seven days sailing on luxurious 40 ft+ yacht at one of the most desirable world destinations From 9.500 Eur* The price includes:  honeymoon suite on luxurious 40 ft+ yacht 24/7 skipper and hostess service freshly prepared meals served on board dinning under the stars and in exlusive restaurants tasting specialties of local cuisine open bar with champagne and drinks on board customized itinerary for navigating the coastline between Split and Dubrovnik including visits to secluded coves, magnificient beaches, world heritage sites as well as jet set party destinations spending the night in a 5 star hotel in Dubrovnik fast check-in and check-out and airport transfer. * Price depends on the season and availability of boats.   Mediterranean fairytale Enjoy a romantic and unique seven day honeymoon arrangement in one the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean, navigating the coastline between Split and Dubrovnik. Dreamy coves, crystalline sea, all the scents and sights of a Mediterranean fairytale including rich gourmet tradition and lastly one of the most enchanting sunsets in the world are only a few reasons why this journey will be remembered for a lifetime. Great boats, offering highest comfort with highly experienced skipper and hostess who will assure your safety, convenience and comfort, all the while respecting your much desired privacy. Romantic, charming and unforgettable The itinerary was designed through careful planning and vast experience of your skipper and it is bound to make you feel the romance, charm and beauty of the region. The activities you might partake in include swimming in the turquoise sea, soaking the sun in one of the hidden coves, exploring the rich Mediterranean flora and fauna as well as relishing in the rich tradition of the area. You will have the opportunity to taste the ancient wine-making tradition while wandering through the charming vineyards with the best seaside view you can wish for.  This island bathed in the golden light of the sun, in its depths hides shadowy wine cellars containing richest flavors of Dalmatian wine.  Of course, the trip will also include many opportunities for gourmet explorations which will delight your palate with the best Mediterranean cuisine. You may also take the chance to inspect one of the strongest Adriatic citadels from the comfort of your yacht and ponder whether you can find a crack in its fortified defense system. According to your wishes you will have the chance to record this momentous occasion by using GoPro technology with the additional option of providing professional photography. Guided, safe and comfortable journey Your companions on the trip (skipper and hostess) will make sure all of your wishes are respected and that you are safely and comfortably tucked in while navigating the Adriatic waves along with your soul mate. Allow yourselves to be pampered throughout the entire trip and make sure to delight in the romance of your surroundings without a care in the world. The types of vessels offered for this occasion vary, however they are all sizeable sailing boats offering highest comfort and a lot of space for your convenience. Itinerery The following itinerary is a general outline of the arrangement; all the details will be settled before the actual trip: Saturday: motorboat ride from the Split port to an azure lagoon on the island Drvenik, dinner on the island Šolta Highlights - In order to avoid the rush and hustle of the Split port you will take a quick and enjoyable motor boat ride to an enchanting turquoise lagoon on the island Drvenik where you will be introduced to the abundance of the Adriatic experience. Here you will board your sailboat and get accommodated to your new naval atmosphere. You are scheduled to dine in the island Šolta where you will also spend the night. Sunday: sailing along Paklina islands, evening in Hvar. Monday: sailing southwards, spending the night anchored in a sheltered cove Highlights - Enjoying the Mediterranean scenery in motion. Spend the night on board and let the peaceful sea lull you into sleep. Tuesday: experiencing Korčula. Highlights - Explore the sights and beaches of Korčula and enjoy a romantic dinner in the scenic town of Korčula. Wednesday: sailing along Mljet, exploring the national park Jezera, dinner in a picturesque port on Mljet Highlights - Experience the full splendor of Mljet’s natural charm, explore the national park Jezera and wrap up the day by spending a gourmet evening in a beautiful port town. Thursday: sailing along the Elafiti archipelago, evening on the Šipan island. Friday: sailing along the fortification of Dubrovnik, guided tour of the city, spending the night in a 5 star hotel in Dubrovnik. All the services in this offer are included in the provided price, so the only additional expenses you need to consider are the costs of traveling to the starting point of the trip and the return home. Embark on this adventurous and romantic sea trip under the ever watchful eyes of mischievous Cupid.    More info and Reservation For all the details and reservation please contact us on Note: Yacht Rent is not responsible for the accuracy, organization and execution of the above-described arrangement. Yacht Rent received all informations from a tour organizer with the sole aim of presentiation. ..
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Silbio Port - The Traces of Antiquity

About 0.8 NM north-east from the Savudrija lighthouse, partly hidden from the curious eyes, the ruins of the ancient port Silbio are a testament to an ancient, yet quite lively history of the area. In the Roman time Istria was still known as Histria, with its local population, the Histri. Histris were well known for being very successful pirates, so it isn’t a surprise that this area had a number of well built ports, as well as significant number of shipwreck remains. The port of Silbio (ancient name for Savudrija) was the biggest port in the Adriatic at the time of the Roman Empire. A true achievement of the period, the port had two grand breakwater structures symmetrically closing the triangular basin of 40 000 m2. The berthing area of the northern breakwater structure is now adapted as a modern berthing area for fishing boats with the original stone blocks built in the concrete. The southern breakwater structure is partly visible through the soil and vegetation on the coast, while the great portion of the construction can be found submerged in the bay. There are also remains of other port structures that are suspected to be basement warehouse areas and stone water storage constructions. An approach by boat opens a wider view of these ancient remains and gives you a better insight in its grandness at the time of the Roman Empire. In the vicinity of the Silbio port remains, you can find a more modern port with the necessary facilities. So, if you have the time, heed the call of this ancient port and enjoy the charms of Savudrija and the rich offer of the rest of Umag municipality. ..
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Winner of the 2014 contest won a 500 € voucher!

On the 3rd of November 2014 Mrs. Tiziana Carnevali became the first winner of our photo contest, earning a voucher in the value of 500€!!! The winner immediately used her voucher for a two week long boat rental in the current season. And so, with a small help from her Facebook friends she rented a boat with significant savings. The interesting fact is that it only took 80 votes to reach victory. The winner of the contest was exclusively determined by counting the votes of their Facebook friends. Another contestant gathered 64 votes and thus he lost the 500 € voucher only by 16 votes. He’ll likely remember those 16 friends that failed to join the call for voting. We are soon announcing a new photo contest so make sure to get your cameras ready. All the details will be posted on our website and Facebook profile. Stay informed! Once again, big round of congratulations to our winner and her crew, and to all others we wish plenty of success in the upcoming contest. ..
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Regional Diversity of the Yacht Charter Offer in Croatia

In the recent years Croatia has witnessed a significant development in naval tourism noticeable through the increased offer of the yacht chartering businesses. These are the properties of the Croatian Adriatic coast that are currently the backbone of the naval touristic offer of the country: advantageous geographical, oceanographic and meteorological parameters, great traditional, cultural and gastronomical offer as well as an ample variety of preserved natural riches. While observing the potential of the Croatian naval tourism, the diversity of the Adriatic coast is immediately evident. With respect to this notion, the following paragraphs will offer a short overview of the differing coastal regions and the present state and future potential of their naval offer. When discussing the yacht charter offer, Croatian coast is usually divided on the following areas: South Adriatic, Middle Adriatic, Kvarner and Istria. All of the regions documented a significant development of naval tourism in the recent years. While observing the state of the yacht charter offer in the year 2014, out of 3150 vessels chartered in Croatia, 1620 vessels were located in the Middle Adriatic, 1186 in the Southern Adriatic, 220 in Istria and 124 in the Kvarner area. The Extensive Offer of Southern and Middle Adriatic As we can observe, the regions of Southern and Middle Adriatic pride themselves with highest numbers of chartered vessels. Middle Adriatic region peaks with around 51% of Croatia’s charter offer while the southern Adriatic region follows close behind with 38% of chartered vessels. This can be attributed to more moderate and stable climate conditions and the fact that the larger geographic area of these regions can house more marinas and municipal ports. The region of the Middle Adriatic has especially favorable climate, since it is the region with least rainfall. The stable growth of naval tourism in these regions is being maintained and advanced by the expanded offer in marinas. This position is also reinforced by investments in the traffic infrastructure of the regions. The challenges that these regions face may lie in the endeavors to maintain a varied, maintained and fresh offer in the hospitality sector as well as maintaining a further development of boat maintenance services. Another all pertaining challenge is balancing the growth of marinas while keeping in line with the principles of sustainable ecology.  Potentials and challenges of the North Adriatic region The regions of Istria and Kvarner provide a smaller chartering offer than the Middle and Southern Adriatic; Istria maintaining 7%, while Kvarner contains 4% of chartered vessels in Croatia. This is an expected ratio, taking into consideration the smaller size of the regions in question and the fact that many tourists visiting this area arrive on their own boats from the neighboring countries like Italy, Slovenia and Austria. However, these areas still have significant potential for growth and improvement. While Middle and Southern Adriatic are diverse regions in their own right, the areas of Kvarner and Istria portray quite different geographic properties of the Croatian coastline. Nestling 4 large islands in its bay, Kvarner forms a system of tightly knit harbors, marinas and ports which makes it a safe and well supported sailing region. The strong points of this region are its tradition in boat maintenance with many small shipyards, good traffic connectedness that is continually improved as well as a varied offer of cultural, natural and heritage sites. West of the Kvarner Bay lies the peninsula of Istria. Its slightly indented coastline is a home to numerous naturally protected coves which make it a very popular sailing location. In addition to that Istria is very favorably positioned for international exploration due to its vicinity to Slovenia and Italy. This also affirms Istria’s nautical potential. The challenges to the yacht chartering businesses of the area lie in improving the qualities of the marinas in an ecologically sustainable way, maintaining the development of the traffic connections, especially air traffic infrastructures as well as regularly renewing the offers of the hospitality sector. Conclusion By observing the yacht charter offer in the Croatian coast, it is notable that there is great diversity between the coastal regions. The differing climate, varied advantages and disadvantages of the regions to an overall varied geological properties and cultural offer; these are the most prominent properties of the regions. Regardless of these differences it is possible to single out key challenges to yacht charter enterprises on the Croatian coast. In order to assure a comfortable arrival and departure of the yacht charter clients, it is of highest necessity to maintain the existing quality of the transport infrastructure and to expand and make improvements wherever possible. With respect to the second key challenge to Croatia’s nautical tourism, it is necessary to observe one of most important selling points of the Adriatic coast – its preserved cleanliness and natural wealth. At the same time, productive yacht charter offer is conditioned by the number and quality of marinas and other ports on the coast. Due to the slight contradiction between these two points it is necessary to make the marinas and ports as ecologically sustainable as possible. Further development of yacht chartering and naval tourism will depend on the way these diverse regions of the Adriatic address these challenges.     ..
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Win a 500 € voucher! Contest for the best photo of the year 2015!

The theme of this year’s Yacht Rent photo contest is ‘Sea, people and boats’. Besides the general theme there are no other limitations to the contest and so we’ll be expecting a tight race and lots of creative and interesting photos. This year’s prize is also a voucher in the value of 500 € which can be used for a weekly boat rent in the years 2015 and 2016! The contest lasts until 31.12.2015. How to Participate 1. To begin, log into your Facebook profile (especially if you’re joining the contest via your mobile device) 2. Click on the following link in order to send the photos and vote on the official contest site. 3. Send private messages to your friends encouraging them to vote for your photo since that is the only standard for determining the winner Contest Assignment Take a cool photo on the theme ‘Sea, people and boats’ and enter the photo to our contest Facebook page. You can enter multiple photographs. Quirky, cool, romantic, creative, sea details, boat party, sunset or splash from the deck… choose what suits you the most Choosing the Winner The winning photo will be determined depending on the number of votes (made by clicking on the ‘Vote’ option) from the special contest page on Facebook. The contest ends at midnight of the last day of the contest. Tip You can improve your chances for winning by reminding as many of your friends to vote for your photo! The Prize The prize is a voucher in the value of 500 € that you can use for a weekly boat rental of any vessel in our offer for the following season. The voucher is applied to the price of the rent offer after applying all the current discounts. Additional Comments All photos need to be taken by the person that entered the contest. Yacht Rent retains the right to remove any photograph that may be considered inappropriate or whose votes are considered invalid. This promotion isn’t in any way sponsored, backed up, controlled by or related to Facebook. Yacht Rent may use the entry photos on all of its websites. Let the games begin!  ..
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This season Yacht-Rent is in trend!

For all of you who decided to book a boat in Croatia this year we also have a bonus free option that contributes to team building and all around good vibration! We offer a free set of cool Yacht-Rent t-shirts for the whole crew!!! The only condition to this offer is that you have to send at least two (‘the more, the better’) photos of crew members wearing the t-shirts on board, which we can publish on our pages. In addition to the photos we would ask you for a few sentences (once again, ‘the more, the better’) describing the joy of your sailing vacation. Not a very difficult task, is it? The photos don’t need to include all the members of the crew… after all someone needs to hold the camera :) To make matters more interesting you can apply the taken photos to our Facebook contest for the best sailing themed photo, with the chance of winning a voucher in the value of 500 €!  Last year’s winner was Mrs. Tiziana Carnevali who grasped victory with just 80 votes. This year we’re expecting a tight competition to the very end. Join in! :) Regarding any details you can contact us directly via ..
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Boat Review: NEEL 45 Trimaran

Kaštela, near Split, has recently gotten a new addition to its charter offer. What makes this new boat special, are its three hulls built to form a modern design. NEEL 45 is a trimaran model created by the entrepreneur Eric Bruneel. This trimaran is an excellent vessel choice for your holiday adventure; it offers high comfort due to its spacious and contemporary accommodations, as well as smooth sailing it provides. The boat also prides itself with an interesting, futuristic, modern design. NEEL 45 model is 13.4 m long, 8.5m wide with a 1.2 m draught which enables it to securely sail along more shallow areas than monohulls. The ship’s weight is 6.5 T and it can be loaded up to 9 T. With regard to sails, it has a battened gaff mainsail, furling genoa and a self-tacking staysail.  This model is equipped with one Volvo 55 hp sail drive inboard engine, a 605 liter water tank and a 302 liter fuel tank. Sail Like the Wind We recently had the opportunity to test NEEL 45, off the coast of Portorož and we can confirm that it sails like the wind, which is not surprising, since it has the same concept as a race trimaran. Due to its narrow main body and amas, as well as its optimized weight, we found that this vessel can reach impressive speed. According to the owner, it can go up to 10-12 knots upwind and 17 knots downwind which makes for a fun and smooth sailing. Official performances of the model note an average cruising speed of 10 knots rising to 15 – 18 knots when the breeze freshens. In addition to its speed, what makes NEEL 45 so worthy is its high maneuverability. The boat has a simple setup equipped for single handed sailing, with the sails fixed to the central hull which assures stability. It doesn’t have any stern thrusters but, according to the owner, its bow thrusters are sufficient for a good backwards maneuverability. The boat navigates very well, both forwards and backwards, from an adeptly designed cockpit that provides a 360°view. Finally, NEEL 45 also assures safe sailing since it handles the waves very well and it doesn’t broach easily thanks to its three hulls. The owner of the boat in the charter offer, Jurgen Epple, sailed it along the Gulf of Biscay on 4-5m waves and he assured us that the boat handled it easily.    Contemporary Comfort NEEL 45 trimaran offers a spacious and comfortable accommodation. On one platform it has three double cabins and two bathrooms. In one ama it has a spacious storage place for spare sails and equipment, as well as anything else you need to store. The boat interior has a unique contemporary appearance and its modern design is emboldened by numerous windows which make the whole space bright and accommodating. The solar panels and a desalination system on board enable you to be self-sufficient during your trip. We are proud to include NEEL 45 trimaran to our charter offer. We encourage you to try out many appealing characteristics of this boat, it is sure to grant you a comfortable, fun and smooth sailing! Photos: Yacht Rent   ..
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Yacht Rent Offers Support in Developing Recreational and Competitive Sailing in Croatia

Yacht Rent wholeheartedly supports the development of competitive sailing in Croatia, especially when children are the ones participating. With that intent we shot a promotional video for the Sailing Club Galeb (Seagull) in Kostrena and in that way expressed our support for the further advertisement of this wonderful sport. We would like to thank the entire team of the Sailing club Galeb for their participation and hospitality. Recreational or competitive sailing is a great choice for children, as it truly offers plenty in terms of skills and experience. Health benefits of spending time at sea, in the fresh air, are well known, but sailing offers far more than that. In addition to acquiring sailing skills and making friends at sea and on land, sailing is also well loved and practiced thanks to the sense of peace and freedom that it offers, but also for the excitement that only the sea can grant.  In this manner we would like to invite other sailing clubs to contact us via our e-mail and inquire about free video recording and the promotion of their club. Enjoy the video :)   ..
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Sailing to Vis - the Mediterranean as it once was… I Promise!

Imagine yourself on a boat, in the middle of the cleanest sea in the Adriatic, enjoying a warm and breezy summer day, wrapped in the fragrance of ancient cuisine and tradition. Sailing in the area around the island of Vis grants all this and much more. In addition to being an island of exceptional beauty, Vis also stands out as a specifically nautical location due to its distance from the mainland and numerous alluring bays and coves for exploration, that also offer plenty of safe anchorages. Just like the rest of Dalmatian region, the island is blessed with moderate climate which includes pleasantly hot summers with a stable breeze of sirocco to cool your brow and almost no rain to speak of. Despite the winds being mostly moderate during the summer, we want all sailors and yachtsmen to stay wary of gusts in the channels surrounding the island, as well as the occasional strong bursts of sirocco. Remarkable Blessings of Nature In addition to being nestled in a pocket of very favorable climate, Vis also has another thing playing in its favor. Unlike majority of islands in the region with their rocky and limestone terrain, Vis has particularly fertile soil which makes it rich in agriculture products and plant life. People of Vis like to take it easy, and it would be a shame to disturb such a relaxing tempo of life, so give yourself a chance to accommodate, it’ll do wonders for your well-being. In your breaks from the explorative sailing around the island, you might, occasionally, set your feet on solid ground and find a nice shaded spot to enjoy a languid cup of coffee or perhaps a lazy snack. Anchoring is not a problem, especially when it comes to Vis Town, due to a large and secure bay where the town is settled. If it happens that large sailing boats and yachts already occupied all the spots on the quay, don’t fret. The Bay of Saint George, where Vis Town is settled, is very spacious and it’s also naturally protected from the open sea and wind which assures plenty of anchoring spots to go around. All the possible anchorages are also quite close to the shore and after a day of sailing, tendering to shore is probably not going to be a problem. If you would, nonetheless, like to secure a spot in the harbor, you should stop with your sailing adventures a bit before the evening and set course for Vis Town harbor earlier than usual. You see, there is no possibility of booking a spot in the harbor and it functions by the ‘first come first served’ approach. Due to this, it’s good to keep in mind that, during the summer months, Vis turns into a remarkably popular nautical destination and there are plenty of chartered boats and yachts around the area, and just like you, they are also looking for a safe harbor to settle in. When it comes to food, Vis has a lot to offer, a perfect blend of fishing and agriculture; it has specialties for everyone's palate. Indulge in varied seafood specialties the island has in store, some of them being: pasta beans with seafood brodo, a varied assortment of grilled fish, fish soup, octopus salad, seafood risotto etc. Also, make sure not to shy away from your veggies! Due to being an agricultural, Mediterranean haven, Vis offers the best and freshest of the soil. The gastronomic offer includes a wide variety of sweet delights as well, some quite intriguing and fragrant; cinnamon ice cream and carob cake for example. And to blend it all together, Vis offers a wine that is actually an indispensible part of the islands’ history. 'Plavac' is a red wine brand, dating all the way back to the 300 B.C. when it was recognized by the Greek chronicler Agarthid as the ‘best known wine’, due to its distinct flavor of wild almond. To counter Plavac, there is another distinguished wine brand on the island, and that is ‘Bugava’ or ‘Vugava’, a white wine known for its sweet and rich taste. The Clash of Ancient and Recent History Wine isn't the only historic treasure of the island. Vis, or as ancients knew it, Issa, is an island that consistently proved its value through many historic periods, maintaining its tradition and skillfully adapting to new circumstances. So as you may suspect, there is a lot to see in terms of heritage and cultural riches. Starting from antiquity you may want to stick around on land, long enough to visit the archeological museum found in Vis Town, within the former fortress build by the Austrians in the 19th century, housing a variety of interesting items from the Hellenistic and Roman period. While you're at it, why not also sneak a peak at the partially preserved, ancient Greek necropolis, the only one of its kind in Croatia. In addition to ancient remnants, Vis Town also has echoes of other historic periods like the architecturally and historically peculiar Church of Saint Jerome and its Franciscan Monastery, located on the small Prirovo peninsula. However, if you're likely to appreciate more recent history, especially if you're a military history buff, there are several sites you may want to visit. You can start with Fort George built by the British, after a victory in the Napoleonic Wars as a means to oversee the naval traffic of the port of Vis. Today, this historic gem became an innovative venue for both daytime and nighttime entertainment. Another convenient former military spot to visit is ‘Jastog’( the Lobster) located in the Parja bay. It is notable for being one of the largest sea trenches in the area. You may visit this submarine tunnel from the sea, moor in the vicinity and take a closer look. Another seaside location would be a former cannon and rocket base located on the cape Stupišće. Other possible former army hotspots include the abandoned airfield of the WWII allied forces, the army bunkers Samogor and a few others. Just note one very important piece of information; before you march on, into exploration, make sure you have a local guide with you since many of the objects were mined during a recent war and since no official mine plan exists, it's still not certain whether all the locations have been properly cleaned out. If these sights are not a 'must-see' in your book, it might be better to leisurely lounge on your boat, crack open a bottle of Plavac and observe the seaside objects from your own comfort zone. A Safe Resting Spot after a Day of Sailing There are times that you might not even want to leave the comfort of your chartered vessel. Well, in that respect, Vis also has plenty to offer; cleanest seawater in the Adriatic and many hidden, natural beaches perfect for a visit by boat. And after a day of beach-hopping and hidden cove exploration, you must be craving for a secure spot to drop your anchor. You have three main anchorages at your disposal: Stonca Bay (half a mile NNE from the Vis harbor), Rogačić Bay (a mile N from Vis Town, round the peninsula) and Stončica Bay (at the NE tip of the island), just make sure to check the quality of the sea bottom before dropping your anchor. There are also 2 ports on the island: the harbor in Vis Town and the breakwater quay and mooring buoys in Komiža. Make note that the fuel berth is only available in Vis Town, while you can get water and electricity both in Komiža and Vis. And to point out once again, in addition to its harbor, Vis Town is settled in a large bay, naturally protected from the open sea by the islet Host, with plenty of space to drop your anchor. The Best Boat for the Trip In addition to the astounding natural wealth and the abundance of Vis coastline, the rest of the island is also pure joy to explore. You can rent a motorcycle or a car if you wish to explore more inland, but still, there are some spots on the island that are available only by boat. Therefore, if you are not visiting the island with a boat, make sure to book, in advance, various daily trips by boat offered on Vis. If you plan to charter a yacht or a boat, that will enable staying in the region for several days, you’ll have to book it somewhere else, since Vis doesn’t have a charter base of its own. In any case, a nautical destination like Vis simply pleads to be explored by sea and only this way you can truly experience what this astounding, offshore island can offer.  ..
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Health Benefits of Sailing

Sailing is, for some, an irresistible urge to explore the far and nearby shores and all the bounties they offer. However, in addition to satiating your wanderlust, sailing also offers many perks for your well-being. Manning the Sails, a Path to a Sound Body? Regardless of how you arrange your sailing holiday, spending time on a boat always requires a certain amount of physical activity and work. During sailing there are various tasks that you partake in, on a regular basis and even though you might not notice immediately, these have some great benefits to your physical health. All that ducking, hoisting and sail trimming develop your muscle strength and also improve your metabolism, agility, flexibility as well as your hand-eye coordination. And when you work up a healthy appetite after all that, you can enjoy some traditional, vitamin-packed, local cuisine. Sun, Sea and a Fresh Salty Breeze Another thing that being on a boat absolutely guarantees is spending time outside in the fresh air, surrounded by sea. If you’re sailing during the summer, in addition to enjoying the well known benefits of the fresh seaside air, you’ll also have the opportunity to spend time swimming in the sea and getting your healthy dose of sunshine. Hippocrates, the father of clinical medicine, often regarded numerous healing properties of the sea water which eventually led to the establishment of saltwater treatments we use to this day. Sailing, in fact, enables us to enjoy the perfect combination of all these natural riches. A Peace of Mind No Storm Can Disrupt This worthy activity doesn’t only affect our physical health but also our sense of peace and happiness. While hearing the sounds of the sea and feeling the breeze and the warm caress of the sun is bound to relax you, the duties you have on a sailboat also carry perks for your mental fitness. The various tasks on board will enhance your focus and concentration and working with your crew members improves organization and communication skills while making your time together all the more meaningful and productive. Ultimately, all these preoccupations that make your time on a sailing boat productive and organized, are also certain to make you leave your cares and worries on land. Sailing truly is an activity rich with therapeutic experiences that will transform your body and soul. It’s one of those pursuits that push you into realizing what it truly means to live your life to the fullest.  ..
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Bound to the Sea, Be it Sun or Rain

How to Dress for Sailing Regardless of the Weather Weather can get pretty fickle when you’re out on the sea, and this makes packing for the trip quite a chore. Even if you book a boat in the peak of summer and every forecast points to stable weather, you won’t regret preparing for the unexpected. You can find a few guidelines here to help you get properly geared for sailing. Tricky Summer Weather- Outsmart the Sun Even though summer usually brings forth stable weather; the advice is to pack things that will enable you to adapt to anything nature may throw your way. In addition to your regular clothes, the following pieces are good to have at hand. A light colored, thin, comfortable long-sleeved shirt will protect you from the unavoidable sun on board. When you’re sailing, it is often impossible to escape the sun, as you’ll find there are a lot of things at sea that reflect the sunlight, including your own boat and a long sleeved light shirt is just the thing to protect you from possible sunburn. For the same reason, it is necessary to have a good pair of sunglasses and a hat (if possible with a strap to keep both safely on your head). It’s also not a bad idea to wear appropriate shoes, not only to protect your feet from the sun, but also from the hot surfaces on the boat. On the other spectrum, while you’re out in the open sea you may expect an occasional chilly breeze, especially at night, so packing something to warm up while lounging on the deck isn’t a bad idea either. Braving the Chill On Board Following the old Scandinavian saying: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’ we can agree that there is no reason for the cold to keep us away from our nautical passions. Packing for winter or autumn sailing however, does require a bit more effort than summer packing. In addition to putting emphasis on non-slip footwear, it is also very important to stay dry. Wet or damp clothes combined with cold, windy weather make a very inconvenient situation that can become a serious threat to your health. Thankfully, there is a wide assortment of good winter sailing equipment that includes waterproof sailing jackets, pants and gloves, quality sailing boots, and well designed head protection. If you’re sailing during a transitional period, it’s a good idea to dress in layers so you can quickly adjust to the shifting temperature and weather. The Matter of Footwear We’ve already mentioned the importance of having non-slip soles while sailing, for obvious reasons, but there are a few more things to take into account when choosing footwear for sailing. The first issue is well illustrated by the instruction issued by Captain Richard Brown to Prince Albert of England in 1851 when receiving him to his schooner America and that is: ‘I know who you are, but you’ll have to wipe your feet’. I’m pretty sure that any boat owner can share the Captain’s sentiment. Due to this reason, wearing heels as well as shoes with dark or colored soles on board is definitely frowned upon. Heels of any kind can damage the boat floor and the colored soles can leave unappealing stripes all over the deck. Now, on another note, there is a healthy debate going on regarding the topic: ‘saying yes or no to shoes on board’. We’ve found that both sides have some valid things to say on that account. In support of barefoot sailing, people generally say that they prefer it because they feel more stable and unconstrained and that they have a better grip on the floor surface. However, on the other side of the conversation there is a significant amount of photographic evidence of broken and bruised toes. Since there are a lot of things on deck that you can bang your feet into, there is a risk of bruises or even worse, spilling blood! In conclusion we’d say that it depends on personal preference and foot agility, but if you choose to go barefoot, make sure to have a ready pair of sailing shoes at hand, just in case.  A Few More Tips Whether you’re sailing during summer or winter, sunscreen is something you should definitely pack. We’re all well accustomed to the biting summer sun but particularly sunny winter days can also pack a punch, so it’s definitely good to have some sunscreen lying around. Always have a spare set of sailing clothes on board, since spending a day in damp clothes is far from comfortable and as we mentioned previously it can also be a significant health hazard. And finally if you plan to actively participate in sailing ‘keep it simple’ should be your motto. If you have long hair keep it tied up, keep your hands as free as possible and avoid dangling accessories and long flowing clothes. In short, there are a lot of ropes around, so avoid anything that can get tangled up. Apply these general guidelines to the way you usually dress and you’re set for an enjoyable and active sailing trip. This way you’ll be better prepared and you’re sure to have a less grumpy skipper, happy crew and most importantly a clean and beautiful boat. As always, we wish you a safe and exciting sailing experience!   ..
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Boat Review: Sailing Yacht Hanse 505

It's time to shine the light on one of the more popular models in our charter offer, Hanse 505. This powerful sailboat is made by the German company Hanse Yachts, one of the largest manufacturers of sailing and motor boats in the world. Founded in 1990, Hanse Yachts has one of the fastest growing boat yards in Europe and its place on the sailing and motor boat market is one of quality and excellence. Hanse 505, coming after it's predecessor Hanse 455, has taken an existing base for a successful sailing boat and improved on it in terms of design and performance. Designed by the well known Judel/Vrolijk team and constructed fulfilling all the high standards of Hanse Yachts (precision, quality materials and intelligent design) the result is a strong, reliable and steady sailing vessel. How Fares She Under the Wind? This sturdy sailboat that leans toward the cruiser category is praised for its sailing ease, stability and safety. The fact that Hanse 505 is a frequent choice as a bluewater cruiser vouches for the steady, smooth and thrilling sailing it provides. A great boat must start with a great design and the Judel/Vrolijk team that stand behind all Hanse sailing boats are well known for their race and cruising yacht designs. All reviews of this boat praise it for how easy it is to sail and for impressive speeds it can reach for such a sturdy vessel and we have to agree. According to various sources (Bluewater Sailing and Sailing Today), Hanse 505 can reach 6+ knots with 10 knots of true wind, and it is reported to provide smooth and exciting sailing up to 10.2 knots with 27 knots of wind in her sails. What stands behind this stability and mobility is excellent construction and quality of material. The vinylester sandwich construction and the balsa core make the 14.85 m long hull firm, well insulated and resistant to osmosis. The spade rudder gives a good bite in the water and keeps her firm on her course. The boat originally has a 2.38m draft but Hanse Yachts provided an optional L-shaped shoal draft of 1.98m for those that prefer coastal cruising. When it comes to the sail plan the boat is equipped with a large mainsail and a self tacking jib. It is possible to sail the boat single-handedly thanks to the self tacking jib and the dual steering wheels. The twin helm stations enable you to maintain excellent visibility whether you’re sailing windward or leeward, the sleek underbody and the large sails enable exciting and fast sailing while the bow thruster assures good maneuverability. Home On Deck and Below It The deck of this sturdy boat has a flat structure and it’s kept clean and safe for movement since all the lines go through the panels under it. On the stern we can find a very convenient, easy access bathing platform with ladders. The interior is versatile and contemporary while at the same time paying homage to a somewhat traditional naval design. Unlike its predecessor, the 505 has a fair number of hatches and porthole windows which makes the area bright and airy. In terms of the use of space the sailboat in our charter offer has a roomy and comfortable lounging area and kitchen. It has 5 cabins; 2 with double beds below the prow and stern, and one with 2 bunk beds on the side. There are also 3 spacious heads with showers stalls near the stern. Since this boat is equipped for bluewater sailing its interior offers a high level of comfort and convenience which can keep you cozy for a long time. One more in the line of Hanse Yacht’s successes, from now on you can find it in our charter offer in Pula. It doesn’t only offer exciting and comfortable sailing experience but its spacious and luxurious interior makes your time at sea comfortable whether you’re actively sailing or just tagging along. And since it’s designed for single-handed sailing you can shift this happy responsibility to your skipper, and fully enjoy the company on deck, or lazy evenings below it. ..
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A Peek under the Surface

While sailing along the Croatian coast you are sure to see many interesting and beautiful sights, but those are not limited only to dry land, as soon as you dip your head below the sea surface you will see an entirely new side of the Adriatic. While scuba diving is difficult to manage on a sailing trip and generally not allowed on chartered yachts in order to prevent damaging the boat with heavy equipment, snorkeling can be your ticket to discovering the underwater side of our coast. Even though it’s not as popular as one would expect, snorkeling is an excellent way to spend your sailing vacation, especially in Croatia since the Adriatic hides many beautiful sights below its surface. It may not be a first thing to come to your mind when spending warm summer days on a boat, but there’s a reason why all those kids run around the beach in their flippers, fidgeting with their masks and snorkels. Snorkeling is simply pure fun! Tips and Tricks With the minimal equipment including a mask and snorkel (and optionally flippers to give it an extra kick) you get the chance to freely explore a rarely seen side of nature and relax while the sea takes away the usual weight of everyday life on land. What’s even more convenient is the fact that a great number of boats in the charter offer often have basic snorkeling equipment available as additional equipment. Snorkeling doesn’t require any particular preparations, but there are a few tips you might want to keep in mind if you’re a first-timer: Make sure your mask and snorkel fit comfortably, since a leaky mask can spoil the fun quickly. Foggy mask is also another possible annoyance. One of the most frequently mentioned solution to this problem is spitting on the mask, and rubbing it around with your fingers before dunking it into fresh water, but if this isn’t your cup of tea you can also use commercial defogging agents, or some other innovative solutions. Depending on the intensity of the sun you may want to cover your back or use good sunscreen, since this part of your body is exposed to the sun for a long time while you snorkel. During summer months the temperature of the Adriatic is quite nice for spending a long time in the sea, however if you plan to visit during spring you might want to consider taking a one piece wetsuit, just in case. In order to make this fun activity even more interesting you can learn a bit about the flora and fauna of the region you’re exploring and observe those sea creatures in their natural habitat. Look but don’t touch, or at least be careful if you do. Make sure to get informed about what you can and can’t do. Some areas like the National Park Kornati have specific rules when it comes to diving in the vicinity. And if you’re considering spearfishing make sure you get a permit first.  In addition to giving you a perfect opportunity to take a peek into the lifestyle of sea dwellers, snorkeling also has quite a few health benefits, most important being the benefits of rhythmic breathing, exercising and relaxing your mind as you the aquatic sights unfold before your eyes. You can also use this chance to take some breathtaking photos that you can share with your friends and family as you describe your vacation. You’re not likely to find any tropical fish in the Adriatic, but you’ll find plenty of different and interesting Mediterranean species. Adriatic so Vast, Where to Dive in? There’s a rich seabed and clean sea to explore practically anywhere you drop your anchor, but if you’re short on ideas you may take into consideration some of the following locations. Starting with the Northern Adriatic, the Istrian peninsula is well known for its mystic charm, beautiful nature and quite a few ancient shipwreck sites. If you’re inspired by history, you might want to visit the Cape Savudrija and its semi-submerged remains of the ancient port Silbio. If marine biology is your passion however, you may explore the underwater meadows of the protected sea grass, Posidonia oceanica along cape Kamenjak, which is also a spot visited by the illusive Mediterranean monk seal. Further south, in the Kvarner Bay, there are several beautiful islands you can visit. Cres, has an excellent coast for snorkeling, especially around the steep cliffs on the northern side of the island. A bit further away from the coastline you’ll find Lošinj, an island that is, in addition to its natural charm, also known for being frequently visited by the Bottle-nosed dolphin. In the vicinity of Zadar, the Kornati archipelago is a definite must-see brimming with flora and fauna both on land and in the sea. Southern Adriatic has no shortage of beautiful islands but if you prefer more isolated locations, Vis is a good pick and if you sail just a bit further you can explore the famous Blue Grotto of Biševo. These are just a few locations you may consider. Thanks to an uncanny biological and geographical variety of the Croatian coast there are plenty of different areas to explore so try to find a place that perfectly suits your preference.  Just as sailing opens new horizons for exploration, snorkeling lets you change your perspective significantly, and enjoy all the hues of Neptune’s realm. The wonderful diversity of the Croatian coast simply beckons your senses, and snorkeling is bound to make this experience even more profound and thrilling. If you decide to put on the mask and snorkel, and take a plunge into the turquoise Adriatic Sea, make sure to share your experiences with us. We impatiently look forward to seeing your underwater photographic masterpieces. ..
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Searching for Something Real - Agia Kiriaki, Greece by Sail....

Jutting out of the eastern shoreline of central Greece and curving into the Aegean Sea, like a giant fishhook, is the Pelion Peninsula. On the tip of this hook, like bait glistening in the sun, is the fishing village of Agia Kiriaki, hoping to catch passersby. In their rush to get to the Sporades, most boats simply sail past this tempting stopover, but this is the destination we set sail for from the port of Volos.  Our crew is a mix-match of people brought together by mutual friends. Captain Kostas, a salty sea dog and two other experienced, local crew who have organised a yacht charter from Volos. The rest of us are content to enjoy the ride and be somewhat-competent crew. As we motor out passed the Volos marina, the mythical land of the centaurs rises behind us and one cannot sail from Volos without thinking of the ancient mariner Jason, who left from Iolkos on his quest to find the golden fleece. Our quest is different, we are seeking golden shores and authenticity and hope to find both on our trip to Agia Kiriaki.   A Leisurely Sail down the Pelion Peninsula The lake-like Pagasitikos gulf on the inner side of the hook, is protected from the strong 'meltemi' winds of the Greek summer and offers lovely coves and anchorages to stop for a dip or for the  night. This lesser known Greece has little boat traffic, even in July and August, when the famous islands are packed with holiday makers. One could easily spend a week or more sailing in Pagasitikos, a bay 13 nautical miles across and 15 long.  Sailing straight across the bay is an option and, if time is short, can be done on a motor in about 3 hours. We, however, have the time and inclination to raise the sails and explore the bay and so we follow the coast, our horizon filled with the thickly forested mountains of Pelion, and marvel at  the unique combination of landscape and seascape. We pass Kala Nera, Afissos , Lefkokastros, Chorto, touristy Melina, the seagull shaped Glaronisi Island; stopping as the mood takes us and anchoring alone in silent bays, lazily meandering our way down the peninsula over a few days.  Historic Places Eventually we reach Trikeri Island, or Old Trikeri as the locals call it, our last stop before Agia Kiriaki itself. Way off the beaten track, this tiny island has no roads and remains as it was 100 years ago. Deserted coves abound and the 'port' has a taverna and a small supermarket. The island is dominated by the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, an easy walk from the quay. It has a small 18th-century church with a courtyard, and a lush garden of orange trees and flowers.  Having whiled the day away on the island, shaking off our sea-legs, we set off for our final destination. Rounding the bottom of the hook, leaving the safety of the bay, we pass the lighthouse and raise the sails windward. Our destination is in sight now, twinkling in the sun. We come upon the shipyard, one of the last traditional drydocks in Greece. Here, the traditional wooden caiques rest with their bellies bared for yearly maintenance. The family who owns it are specialists in the maintenance and repair of wooden boats and we can hear them calling to one another as they pull a big fishing boat out of the sea. Dotted amongst the fishing boats, the masts of a few sailing boats reach into the sky, reminding us that this scene is not, in fact, from another era.  The Local Scene and Cuisine Our search for authenticity happily comes to an end as we dock in front of the big fish tavern, throwing our ropes out to the owner, Manoli, who has come to welcome us. Behind him dangle octopuses, drying in the sun, the first stage on the way to the plate. This small village home to only 20 permanent residents is a real fishing village. Fifteen or so professional fishing boats ply their trade in the surrounding waters and many smaller hobbyists can be seen bobbing on the sea at dusk in search of calamari. Many of the men of the village were in the merchant navy and are well-traveled and ready to regale you with stories of their adventures. Others were sponge divers and worked on the big sponge boats, risking their lives to dive for the valuable sponges. The old women have their own stories to tell of  incarceration on Trikeri Island during the Greek Civil War. One can get a glimpse of this history at the small museum. Relaxing under the trees on the waters edge with coffee and cheese-pie, still swaying with the movement of our boat we quietly observe this charming place. The weather beaten faces of the fisherman calmly stare at the newcomers from under their black hats and characters pop out as if from a book. Many of the people here are not involved in tourism and go about their daily lives largely unfazed by the odd boat and the bi-monthly flotilla. Later on we have migrated to Mouragio taverna for a taste of Greek 'tsipouro' served with plenty of ice and seafood 'meze'. A posse of bikers pass by having traveled the winding road of the Peninsula, enjoying the spectacular views of Pagasitikos Bay. Later still we see the SCUBA divers in full equipment walking over to dive 'Kali Tichi' a shipwreck right in the harbour.  A Fond Farewell Agia Kiriaki is the gateway to the Sporades Islands. From here, one can cross the channel to  Skiathos and onward to Skopelos, Alonissos and the outer Sporades. For us , it's goodbye to our new-found friends and a day's sail back to Volos. Rounding the fish hook, we look back, knowing that we will return someday...     ..
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You asked for it… put it on!

Quite a few of you asked us if there would be free crew shirts this year. There will! Like last year, for each rented boat in Croatia we give out Yacht Rent t-shirts for the entire crew. The only condition is that you send us at least 2 (the more the better!) photos that also include the shirts (for example, crew members in t-shirts on the boat or… something your own creativity makes up :) ) and a few sentences of follow-up text describing your vacation on the boat. We’re also considering a photo contest with somewhat changed conditions where you can also apply with your best sailing photos. You will be additionally informed about this. Follow us on social networks so you can always get the most recent information. Here, we post all news, discounts and interesting articles on the topic of the sea, attractive destinations, sailing and boats. For any details you may always contact us at ..
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Sailing and Diving in Greece - Best of Both Worlds

The freedom of the sail, the silence of the underwater world. The combination of being both on the water and occasionally under it makes for a unique and exciting way to explore the islands and coastlines of Greece at your own pace. Combined activities Organising a bareboat charter in Greece and packing it with your own diving gear and crew, chartering a skippered yacht and stopping off in the well-known dive spots, or just a dive or two during a sailing holiday are some of the options sea-lovers have. There is the added advantage of having your non-diving friends and family along for the ride. Most of the best dive sights are in charming coves with good anchorage and lovely places for a swim or a snorkel while the divers explore the underwater world. Greece offers classic Mediterranean diving, clear and warm water, excellent visibility and perfect diving conditions. What is lacking in big sea life is made up by the clarity of the water and for the patient diver there is plenty to see. Ancient relics of civilizations long gone can be seen scattered over the seabed, colourful sponges and fish including bream, scorpion fish, mackerel, moray and the ever-present black damsel fish with their electric-blue young darting amongst the bright yellow sponges. Best of all - no other divers in the sea! Local knowledge Most of the main ports have full service diving centres that can provide you with full equipment rental, tanks and weights, maps of the dive sites and other information. For those with their own equipment it may be possible to organise a 'rendezvous dive' where the dive centre could bring out the tanks and a dive guide, if needed. This can be arranged by calling a ahead.  A list of diving centres and their services is available at Things to know about Diving in Greece Autonomous diving and equipment rental is allowed if you hold a certification that is recognised in Greece. The current list is: PADI, ANDI, IANTD, SDI, TDI, SSI, CMAS, although it is subject to change and should be checked with the authorities. If you have a certification from another organisation you may only dive through a diving centre. Underwater archaeological sites abound but are, unfortunately, out of bounds at the time of writing and one cannot yet dive the ancient wrecks in Greek waters. A literal treasure trove of history- relics of ancient traders, colonists and war - would make for fascinating diving and put Greece on the map for world class dive sites. Until that changes, the diving centres and Sea Port Police can provide information about where to dive.  Spear fishing while scuba diving is strictly forbidden and you should not even have dive gear and fishing harpoons on the same boat. Fines can be given and gear confiscated.  Night diving offers some of the most fascinating diving in Greece with the chance to see octopuses hunting, soft sponges and other critters that only come out at night. However, night diving is only allowed through official diving centres and needs to be booked in advance. The use of a surface marker buoy, as well as a dive flag on the boat is required by law. Logistics of Diving from a Sailboat Great care needs to be taken when diving from a sailboat because of the heavy diving equipment and the risk of damaging the boat. With some careful planning, however, this can be easily dealt with by considering the following: The setup of your sailing charter is very important and it is worth checking out the layout of the boat you are interested in, before booking, for entry/exit points, storage and space, and other facilities; you should also check that the owner of the boat is happy with allowing dive equipment onboard. The best sailing boat to charter for diving is, perhaps, a catamaran that offers better manoeuvrability, bigger storage spaces and set up space and possibly better entry and exit points, as well as room to hang up all the dive gear to dry.  Easiest entry, if possible, from sailboat is the giant stride, or gearing up in the water and often the best way to haul up equipment after a dive is with a pulley system that can easily be set up from the back of the boat and can also prevent bangs and dents on your boat charter. Usually one person on the sailboat and one in the water is enough to ensure that entry and exit goes smoothly. Another option is to use the dinghy for entry exit and then load from the dinghy back onto the sailboat. The dinghy can also be used to transport two or three divers to the dive site if it is a little far away from the anchorage point. Non-divers may need to be a little patient during the setup!  Safety First While the logistics of diving from a sailboat are important considerations, the most important issue to deal with is your emergency and evacuation plans. All divers should have comprehensive dive insurance and the important emergency numbers. At least one non-diver on the boat should be informed of how to execute a rescue plan, if needed. There are only 3 hyperbaric chambers in Greece; the Naval Hospital in Athens, The General hospital in Thessaloniki and the Kalymnos Hospital on Kalymnos Island in the Dodecanese. The recreational limit for single tank diving is 40 m, if you have the experience at such depths. It is worth noting that some of the dive sites are remote and that emergency and rescue services can take time. Follow the finkicks of Jacques Cousteau, Hans and Lotte Hass; charter a yacht and come and sail and dive in Greece!  ________ Photos courtesy: Kostas Menemenoglou and Merryn Wainwright ..
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ICE 2016 - International Charter Expo

This year ICE 2016 ( International Charter Expo ) fair was held from 11-13.03 in Zagreb, Croatia. Our agency attended the fair, as well as year before, being one of over 250 participants from yacht charter world. Participants arrived from different parts but mostly from host country Croatia having one of the largest yacht charter fleet in the world and then from Greece, Turkey, Italy, France... About 100 charter companies and about 150 broker agencies spent wonderful weekend together. Since the type of ICE fair is B2B (business to business) no regular visitors were allowed to attend. Many meetings between the charter companies and broker agencies, but also among the charter companies were held during the fair. Our agency took part in more than 30 successful meetings.  In addition to official meetings, there were plenty of casual encounters and relaxing moments convenient for establishing friendly relationships that will help in everyday charter business. The very purpose of the fair was to gather all service providers in yacht charter sector in one place in order to exchange their experiences in business so far. Information sharing provides better insight into potential problems and therefore quicker and better possible solutions. In the end, the benefit of such a fair should go to the end users of yacht charter services - our dear guests. Improving the quality of our services we provide even more pleasant stay on board for our guests during their sailing holidays. Photo gallery Photos taken with our partners: Adria Yachting, Ionian Breeze, Kekeris Yachting, AYC, Abavela, Fyly yachting, Waypoint, Sunlife, Sailing Europe Charter, Ionian Breeze. ..
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SPECIAL ONE WAY OFFER -50% !! 23.04.2016 - 30.04.2016 ONE WAY: Mali Lošinj - Marina Baotić (Trogir) Outboard engine and wi-fi: FREE OF CHARGE Offer details Embarkation: Mali Lošinj Outboard engine and wi-fi: FREE OF CHARGE Disembarkation: Marina Baotić, Seget Donji-Trogir Transitlog: Obligatory , to be paid before embarkation Tourist tax: Obligatory, 1 EUR/person/day, to be paid before embarkation Deposit: Obligatory Full tank of fuel on disembarkation in Seget Donji.   Sailing boats in this offer Elan 344 Impression | 3 cab. 6+2 berths, year 2007.  Price 550 € Sun Odyssey 36i | 3 cab. 6+2 berths, year 2008.  Price: 575 € Elan 45 Impression | 4 cab. 8+2 berths, year 2015.  Price 1,175€ Elan 45 Impression | 4 cab. 8+2 berths, year 2016.  Price 1,175€   For all details and reservations please contact us by e-mail: ..
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Sitting out the Storm in Steni Vala, Alonissos

As the boat glided into the harbour, anchor dropping and ropes at the ready to throw out, it seemed oddly quiet in Steni Vala, Alonissos. Another two sailboats bobbed on their anchors and a bright orange and blue crayfish caique was coming in behind us. We jumped onto the quay in search of real greek coffee and conversation. After surveying the tranquil scene, we settled on the blue and white café under the gum trees and happily sat down under their shade. Fellow sailors at the table next to us were the only other company and we exchanged the usual conversation one has with people passing through a harbour for a day. Where are you from? Where are you going? When are you casting off?  Have you seen the weather report? Cool respite Iced cappuccinos in hand, all eyes on the sea, still littered with whitecaps and visible spray, we looked back on the adventurous day of sailing that had brought us here. Intending to set sail early from the beautiful Panormos Bay of Skopelos, ancient anchorage of pirates and invaders, one thing had led to another and we had left rather late. This meant we were caught by the 'meletemi' - that north summer wind that picks up in the early afternoon and can blow for days. Sailing in the Sporades, one is exposed to the wind, but there are also plenty of opportunities for protection. Crossing the strait between Skopelos and Alonissos had been particularly challenging and rather uncomfortable, though thankfully not very long. We'd lost a few things to the sea, as so many before us. In the skilled hands of our Captain and crew, our boat had made it through, and here we were, windblown but exhilarated and glad to be safely docked in the narrow, peaceful harbour of Steni Vala, Alonissos, last stop before the wild, scattered outer islands of the Northern Sporades. All Sorts and Sundry Long a favourite with independent seaman, sailboats have been turning up in Steni Vala for over forty years. It used to be a safe harbour from strong winds and squalls for local fisherman. Waiting out the storm, resting, repairing their nets and getting a home-cooked meal and water. A couple of generations later, it is a thriving, summer resort complete with a hotel, watersport facilities and tavernas lining the quay, which overflow in the high summer season. One is just as likely to meet single-handed round-the-world sailors as you are a flotilla. We have come in late August, after the high season, in mid afternoon – which explains the strange but welcome quietness of the place. The proverbial quiet after the storm. We too shall wait out the too-strong wind in this protected piece of paradise, re-supply from the well-stocked supermarkets, enjoy a meal al fresco with the scent of jasmine in the air and dream of the even quieter outer islets of the Northern Sporades. Navigating onward The next day, Force 7 still blowing, more boats had appeared in the harbour seeking respite, we look over the map of the areas and plot our route among the islands, noting the two big natural harbours on Kyria Panagia island to the Northeast of us, that would provide shelter if the wind picked up again. If the weather allows we shall cast off from there, stopping at Gioura to spot a wild goat or two, sailing on to the northern most tip of this island complex Psathoura, a yellow splodge on the map in the midst of blue. We look up from the map at the horizon and see Two Brothers island's, blue-gray and hazy in the distance, back on the map beyond them to the Southeast is the flat and sandy Skantzoura. "Tomorrow, finish the big wind! " a cheerful voice distracts us from the map.  " You go tomorrow! Early! Good wind for you!" exclaims a cheerful face from under a black fisherman's hat, gnarled hands holding a tin of Amstel. With a wave he's gone, as suddenly as he appeared. We fold up the map, eyes back on the crimson horizon, the masts of the boats waving across the view, willing the wind to drop.  Tomorrow, then.  ..
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Mljet - Forested Haven of the Adriatic

Located in the Southern Adriatic, Mljet is one of the islands that might have even been a location from Homer's ancient works. A forested haven sprouting in the middle of the salty Adriatic Sea, this island is an excellent nautical location thanks to its well-indented coast and fascinating anchorages and coves. Rich with historic, cultural and natural wonders, it’s not hard to imagine Mljet being a dwelling place for Calypso, the famous sea nymph from Homer’s epic poem Odyssey. Nature’s Work of Art - The Salt Water Lakes of Mljet There’s no spot on this island that isn’t brimming with varied flora and fauna, but in addition to all these, Mljet is a home to an interesting geological phenomenon. The northwestern part of the island is, in fact, a National Park that prides itself in its untouched nature and two salt water lakes; Malo Jezero (the Small Lake) and Veliko Jezero (the Great Lake). These lakes are actually sunken limestone valleys that were flooded by the surrounding seawater. Since the two lakes belong to the area of the park, all sailing and motor vessels are strictly forbidden from entering. There’s a channel joining the lakes and the current here is quite strong so while downstream swimming gets pretty enjoyable, challenging the stream is sure to be strenuous. Any type of fishing is also prohibited in the area of the lakes, which makes this an excellent spot for snorkeling. This is a place of relaxation for all living things, fish included, so while you snorkel it’s possible to get within touching distance of various and sometimes quite exotic lake dwellers. The lakes are also exceptionally clean which means that visibility is great as well. An Island within an Island Just like a site from a historic movie, Veliko Jezero envelops the St. Mary’s Islet that protects the serenity of a charming Benedictine monastery, its gardens and the beautiful church of St. Mary next to it. Due to being rebuilt during various periods, the convent displays an interesting mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance elements. In order to enter the National Park area it’s necessary to buy tickets which are available at a price of 70 kn for adults and 30 kn for elders, students and children above 7 years of age. There are a few roads leading up the park but it’s not possible to enter the park with a motor vehicle so you might consider some other form of transport. There is a 10 km track around the lakes and the scenic surrounding make it perfect for a relaxed walk or a refreshing bike ride. If you don’t own a bike, you can rent one at Pomena or Polače. Antique Whispers of Greatness It’s impossible to say with certainty, but Mljet is suspected to have been both a resting place for Odysseus as well as a shipwrecking site for St. Paul. Even though other islands also claim these titles, you can’t deny the mystical charm of this Adriatic emerald. If you wish to consider the validity of these stories for yourself you may visit the Odysseus’ cave, a geomorphologic phenomenon said to be the place where Odysseus lingered, brooding over his homeland while being kept on the island by the charms of an enchanting sea nymph Calypso. It’s quite tricky to reach the cave by land but it’s definitely a perfect place to visit by boat as you can swim into it through a 4-5 meter wide entrance. The cave’s ceiling collapsed due to the fragile limestone material, making it an interesting spot for swimming and diving thanks to the light playing with the beautiful azure hues of the sea.   In addition to the mythological references this island has a rich history since it was frequented and inhabited since Antiquity and through various historic periods its admirers left their mark on the island’s architecture. The oldest architectural remains are the ruins of what once was an impressive Roman villa, the third largest, well preserved Roman monument on the Croatian coast. A Green Island Full of Life In contrast to the impressive history, we can place the immortal timelessness of Mljet’s nature. This is truly a botanist’s heaven since it has an impressive variety of plant life including forests of Aleppo pine and Holm oak as well as some endemic species like Centaurea Ragusina. If you prefer animal life to greenery, you will not be disappointed either, since Mljet has an interesting wildlife that curiously includes one non-domestic species, the mongoose. These furry mammals were introduced to deal with the snake population of the island, but later on caused quite a chaos by extending their diet from reptiles to domestic poultry and various birds. Nowadays, we may say that nature balanced itself and the mongoose found a reasonable role for themselves in the rich fauna of Mljet.   Exceptionally Indented Coast – A Nautical Hide-and-Seek Mljet is yet another perfect spot in the Adriatic to visit by boat, not only because of its well-indented coast but also thanks to its vicinity to other attractive locations like the Pelješac peninsula, the islands Korčula, Šipan and Lokrum as well as the famous city of Dubrovnik. If you’re considering renting a yacht to make Mljet the number one location for your sailing holiday, Dubrovnik is the best place to start this voyage. If you’re planning a longer and more extensive sailing adventure in the area you should also consider Makarska and Split as starting points. Even though the island has a particularly benevolent climate there are occasional gusts of sirocco and generally when it comes to anchorages it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In this context Mljet definitely doesn’t disappoint. Due to the high indentation of Mljet’s coast there are quite a few natural anchorages. When it comes to safe havens, Okuklje harbor and Polače bay take the prize. Polače bay is considered one of the safest harbors of the Adriatic thanks to being sheltered by 4 smaller islands, while Okuklje has been named Porta Camara by the Italians, due to being closed off and sheltered like a room. There are no fuel berths on the island so make sure to fill your fuel tanks in Dubrovnik. When it comes to water and electricity, you can get it at the hotel quay in Pomena and at most of restaurant quays. If you try out the alluring and rejuvenating charms of Mljet you’re likely to understand why it took Odysseus so long to leave the similarly attractive shores of Ogygia.  ..
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The Queen of Comfort - Bavaria 46 Cruiser

Robust, spacious and luxurious, Bavaria 46 Cruiser was crowned 'European Yacht of the Year' (2015) for a reason. This Bavaria/Farr collaboration upgraded the existing charms of Bavaria 45 Cruiser into the spacious, modern and convenient 46 Cruiser. It's a new addition to our offer and we've thoroughly enjoyed taking this classy beauty for a sail along the coast of Pula and would definitely say we understand why this boat is not only a favored choice for owners but a desired charter yacht as well. Steady as She Goes In our own experience and according to numerous other accounts this strong family cruiser sails exceptionally well. Bavaria 46 Cruiser comes equipped with a simple but powerful rig that includes a furling mainsail and a small furling genoa. Not unlike other Bavarias, it can reach impressive speeds for such a robust vessel. According to Bluewater Sailing it can achieve 7.5 knots of speed at 10 knots of true wind which certainly coincides with our own experiences with the yacht. The cockpit, with its twin helms is efficiently set up and offers great visibility and stability for the captain thanks to the practical foot chocks keeping you on spot when the boat heels. When set up properly, it's very fun to sail and thanks to the twin rudders it turns smoothly, gliding with ease over the waves, maintaining its elegance even in strong wind. Originally Bavaria 46 Cruiser comes equipped with a 55 HP Volvo Penta engine with sail drive and it's found to manage 6.5 knots with ease. The boat has good maneuvering properties thanks to the twin rudders and by using windage as well as bow and stern thrusters you should have no problem while mooring or casting off.  Thanks to the efficient sail plan and a well designed cockpit and deck, it's possible to sail such a large yacht with a fairly small crew.  Built by seasoned yacht designers, in tune with high quality standards, this enchanting cruiser is well balanced from each angle.  Beautiful Outside and Inside The first thing you'll notice about Bavaria 46 Cruiser is most likely its size. Thanks to its voluminous build and an efficiently set up deck there's definitely a lot of space under the sun which includes a roomy and comfortable cockpit which makes it easier for the person behind the helm to enjoy steering in happy company. Another thing that simply invites you to spend time in the fresh sea air is the full width lowering transom and its convenient swimming platform that can be neatly folded away.  The voluminous Farr-designed hull offers an impressive amount of living space that can comfortably house up to eight people. The interior is modern and innovative in many ways. Bavaria 46 Cruiser has a flexible number of cabins (3 or 4) thanks to the inventive and practical bulkhead and door setting which can divide the master cabin into two spacious and comfortable berths. Each cabin has a lot of head space and a satisfying storage locker space for clothes and different gear for all weather conditions so you can assure your crew members they can pack comfortably. There are two heads with separate shower rooms and the saloon as a central point of the boat's living space. The luxurious saloon can comfortably seat eight people, it has a table also suitable for setting up charts,  an efficient cooking space that any on-board chef would enjoy and an innovative and practical navigation space set up for immediate access. When it comes to storage space it's quite obvious that Bavaria 46 Cruiser doesn't disappoint. It has generous cockpit storage space for lines and safety gear as well as a sufficient sail locker under the deck. It has an approximately 210 liter capacity for fuel and 360 liter capacity for water.  Adriatic's Favourite Bavaria yachts are overall most numerous boats in our offer counting 1830 vessels total with Bavaria 46 model taking the top place with 260 vessels altogether. For those who prefer newer boats Bavaria 46 Cruiser would be the most sensible choice having taken into consideration that our offer includes 46 Cruiser models from the years 2016, 2015 and 2014. In addition to Bavaria 46 Cruiser you can also take into consideration Bavaria 46 Vision model that is also usually associated with newer yachts. If you prefer to take a more experienced boat for a sail and you're a fan of Bavaria 46, we also have models dating back to the years 1997 or 1999. Naturally, in addition to being the most numerous, Bavaria 46 Cruiser is also one of the most popular models we offer. Thanks to the general popularity of Bavaria yachts it's followed by other Bavaria models like Bavaria 40, Bavaria 37 and Bavaria 44. The Right Boat for the Job If you dream of a fun sailing trip with an atmosphere of elegance and convenience and you wish to comfortably settle your friends on board, Bavaria 46 Cruiser would be our boat of choice.  As you can see in the following video, we've thoroughly enjoyed our time on this beautiful yacht, basking in the sun and fresh sea breeze, simply gliding through the Adriatic and we hope you will share our experience.  ..
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Boat Review: The Elan 45 Impression

For those of you familiar with the Elan brand in sailing boats, it will come as no surprise that the latest entry in the Elan Impression cruising line, the Elan 45 Sailing boat, combines modern technogical expertise with respect for tradition and elegance. Designed by world renowned boat designer, Ralph Humphrey, and built by Elan, a global name in boat building, it lives up to its name. Founded in 1945, Elan started out by building kayaks, canoes and small boats with waterproof wood. These days it is the pride of Slovenia and is a leading global supplier of quality yachts. What stands behind the success is the quality of the materials used and style. Two time winner of the European Yacht of the Year Award; its progressive design, comfort and easy handling make it an ideal choice for blue water sailing and family groups. Performance and Design The Elan 45 is a mid-sized keelboat with a rounded hull shape; rigid, well proportioned with good volume and classic overhangs. The 11 ton hull has a conventional single deep-spade rudder.  Its excellent design leads to great performance, 9 knot speed potential and a good stability ration (approx. 30 %). Under sail in trade wind conditions she will be capable of more and she has a healthy base speed for making fast passage.  The technical structure is able to deal with the natural forces encountered while sailing and offers safety, reliability and speed in any kind of weather. Quick bow thrusters allow for great maneuverability and make docking a simple affair.  Decked Out The deck, and deck features, clearly reflects the sailing experience and innovation of the design team. It is clean, balsa covered and ergonomic. The wide sidedecks and generous foredeck make it spacious and the well thought out bathing platform is a pleasure to use. The deep cockpit has twin pedestals with wide coamings that offer substantial protection for the helmsman should the weather take a bad turn. Constructed with Carbonautica fibre glass, they are light and lends to a steering sensitivity that allows the helmsman to place her where he wants her.  All modern conveniences are available and easily accessible on the pedestals including Garmin instrumentation with an auto-pilot and compass. In front of the pedestals sit the Harken H46 sheet winches; two H40 Halyard winches with jammers are under the sprayboard. There is an in-mast furling main which makes for easy and, if necessary, unassisted sailing The teak benches in front of the pedestals offer a spacious area to sit with a retractable bimini and good bracing for feet. The lockers underneath are roomy and convenient. Below deck The continuity in design is evident below in the comfortable and stylish saloon which has good natural light and 2m plus headroom. The layout is traditional, with an attractive blonde, oak veneer finish. There is a choice of four layouts; from two cabins, with two bathrooms to a four cabin layout. There is a U-shaped dinette forward portside, that converts into an extra bed and provides plenty of sitting room for the crew. There is a large lounge with the chart table behind it. Additionally, there are convenient grab rails all around the saloon.  The galley is L shaped, well-equipped with a double sink and adequate workspace. Great stowage options and generally a very comfortable living space. Engine access is under the companionway steps. Overall Impression One of the best choices in terms of practicality, comfort and competency and one of Sailing World magazine’s Best Boat Nominees for 2015, this yacht is one to consider for your next boat charter. ..
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A new service for the users of ACI marinas on the Adriatic

From today on, several ACI marinas offer a new service for sailors. The cooperation of the supermarket chain Lidl and Adriatic Croatia International Club provides users of ACI marinas in Pula, Opatija and Vodice a free transport to Lidl stores and back, in order to make their everyday shopping simpler and easier. The free transport of marina users is done by busses, five times a day, two times in the morning and three times in the afternoon. The bus schedule leaves enough time for shopping and the return trip to marina. The bus time-tables are available at the receptions of marinas as well as promotional flyers with all other necessary information. The service is available since mid July all the way until 31st of August 2016. ..
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Poll: Affordable and crowded or pricy and exclusive, you decide

There is nothing quite like the moment when the engine is switched off, the sails are raised and the only sound is the wind in the sails and the slapping of the ropes on the mast.  All eyes are on the horizon, the sails of fellow sea travelers dotting the vast expanse of blue. For some, the sight of fellow seaman is reassuring, pleasing even; others prefer to be the only boat around, purposely avoiding the crowds and seeking out remote islands and anchorages. Simplicity, safety and convenience With the increasing affordability of renting a boat, whether it is a skippered or bareboat charter or as part of a flotilla, has made sailing holidays for family groups and youth affordable, accessible and safe. A novice sailor, or even a complete beginner, can now rent a boat anywhere in the world, hire a local skipper or join a flotilla, and explore the area, honing their skills in the easy sailing destinations. This provides a valuable entry point into the world of sailing. The revolution in technology means that weather updates, marine maps, travel tips and suggestions, as well as booking services, are at the touch of the button. ; providing a tremendous support to those with less experience.  Sailing for all… Sailing holidays provide an exciting escape for city folk and those that are deskbound. Groups of young people, too, take advantage of the cheaper charters, splitting the price between them and many such groups can be found in the major sailing destinations enjoying the sights from the unique perspective of the sea. Opportunities abound in a climate where pricing is competitive and the market is saturated with offers; the idea being that anyone can sail. ….At what cost All of this, of course, leads to increased traffic on the sea, crowded ports and marinas and a lack of privacy that might not sit well with some.  Some of the more popular European destinations, like Croatia, are deal for novice sailors and known for their safety and ideal conditions. Distances between islands are small and the area is well protected from adverse weather conditions. This has resulted in overcrowding in the summer months and raises the question of whether charter prices should be increased. The Ionian Sea in Greece has similar issues, for the same reasons. There are, however, less crowded places in Greece, particularly in the windy Cyclades Islands where more experience is necessary. A little luxury Some bemoan the fact that there are now so many boats on the sea; making the experience less unique, the marinas and ports more crowded. Those that seek solitude have to go further afield and may have to experience more challenging sailing.  The harder conditions provide experienced sailors with the option of avoiding the crowds. Of course the other option is to go for a more expensive charter; in areas where the charters and marinas are more expensive, there may be fewer boats on the sea. However, a pricey yacht charter does not necessarily ensure less crowded seas, especially in the easy sailing destinations. Another advantage of a more expensive charter is the kind of boat on offer. Newer boats, more luxurious lines with modern conveniences and more space add a touch of luxury to a sailing holiday. You are also able to pick and choose the yacht of your dreams! A charter for every taste All in all the kind of sailing charter you choose depends on your budget, sailing experience and whether you enjoy a more social connection with other sailors, or a quiet and secluded experience. Even in the most crowded of seas, the beauty of having a boat is that you can sail to less accessible locations and find peace and quiet if that is what you seek. Over to you If you had the power to influence the charter world and its policies, what would you want it to be like? Would you prefer a generally more expensive charter with fewer boats around (more privacy off the coast) or an even more affordable charter with the risk of a more crowded coastline, or do you perhaps, hold the opinion that everything is fine the way it is?   Take our online poll and have your say.  ..
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Ten Reasons to Charter a Boat in Greece - In September and October

Need a holiday to recover from your holiday? Chartering a yacht in Greece in the autumn season is a good idea for several reasons and will give you opportunities try something different and see Greece from another side. Here are some of them: 1. No crowds – by the second week of September, it’s back to school and all the holidaymakers and locals alike have headed home. Finding a spot in the harbour, a secluded beach or anchorage, a quiet fish tavern and enjoying the peace is all possible during these months. Night life calms down significantly, no more loud music and scooters beeping. These months are especially good for sailing the popular Ionian Islands and the areas around Athens which are overcrowded in the summer months. 2. Temperatures – heated by the summer sun, the sea is still warm and the days are pleasant. The unbearable heat of July and August has made way for cooler days and evenings, sometimes some rain, but the sea is a comfortable 25-27C ; ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The natural beauty of the landscape in this cooler season more than makes up for the occasional rainy day. 3. Wind - strong summer winds have calmed down in the Southern island complexes and there is no ‘Meltemi’ in the Aegean. The perfect time to visit the Cyclades islands whose summer winds can be challenging for the less experienced sailor. 4. Competitive prices – many a good deal can be found for late season sailors and last minute deals as things wind down after a busy summer. The high season ends in the first week of September and prices drop even further in October. It’s one of the best times to grab a bargain on a sailing charter! How about a catamaran or a bigger boat? Similarly, charter flight to popular sailing destinations and islands are more reasonable and readily available. Even goods and services can be found at better prices during this time. 5. Choice - a wider choice of sailing charters, powerboats, and catamarans is available and one can often pick and choose from the whole fleet and book the boat of your dreams! 6. Sightseeing in style - Soaring temperatures in the summer and the fact that the archeological sites are exposed and extremely popular make it quite a trying experience! The more temperate climate in September and October makes long walks around the ancient sites much more pleasant and you can truly appreciate them. Walking, biking and trekking along the old cobbled donkey paths also become delightful in the shoulder season in Greece. 7. Authentic experiences - Autumn time gives you a more authentic look into real Greek life. This season is the season for grape harvest, olive picking, production of tsipouro (traditional Greek drink) and olive oil and is a fascinating experience to be part of or observe. A wider variety of fresh fish is available. Autumn festivals are held and the food scene is alive with the local harvest and many of the up-market restaurants in Athens and Thessaloniki are back from holiday. 8. The sunsets - The presence of more clouds in the sky and on the horizons makes sunsets, especially at sea, even more spectacular than usual! 9. Local connection – late season provides an opportunity to get to know the locals, something that is not so easy in the busy summer months when they are tending to the crowds. Your local business owner will have more time to sit and talk about the state of affairs – a favourite pastime of the Greeks! 10. World Tourism Day – 27th September. Admission to all Greek State Museums and archeological sites is free!   ..
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Sailing with kids

There are few things as adventurous and fun for kids as a sailing holiday. Getting out onto the sea, helping with the ropes, making new friends in the port, exploring quiet bays with a mask, swimming and rope-swinging  - a myriad of possibilities await them. As parents we look forward to sharing the exhilaration of moving across the water with the sails full of wind! Learning the ropes Besides the sheer joy of it, sailing trips can educate and teach kids many life skills, including independence, responsibility, decision making, the importance of team work and preparation. Also, sharing a small space, respect for the sea and nature, how to tie knots and feeling like a pirate! Sailing with kids, however, needs some thought and forward planning to make the most out of the family trip. If you balk at the idea of taking your little ones sailing, here are a few things to consider before you take the plunge. Easy does it It is highly recommended to take baby steps and introduce your kids to the idea of a boat first. Day sailing trips are a good, as are sailing on lakes closer to home. This is a sensible and safe way to assess any worries or fears that they may have and to discuss them ahead of a bigger trip. Also, see if anyone gets seasick!  After that, an easy-sailing destination should be chosen to try out their water legs for a few days. Boat charters in destinations like Greece and Croatia offer ideal conditions and sailboats for family groups. If you are a novice sailor, or simply want another set of hands on the boat, you may want to consider a skippered charter, which puts the responsibility of a boat in the hands of an experienced skipper so that you can focus on family time and helping the kids adjust to life onboard. Safe and Sound Babies are the easiest, especially if you are breastfeeding and don’t need to sterilise bottles. Most cabins are spacious enough for co-sleeping safely and most can fit a portable playpen. You can do away with most of the other baby equipment; just a sling for getting on and off the boat. Once they are moving, things get more interesting .Toddlers will need a safe holding area or 1 parent with them at all times. Boats with a berth have the advantage of creating a kind-of play area which can be bolstered with pillows and gated off to keep little ones below. Young children should wear a type 1 or type 2 life jacket that will keep them face up in the water. Wearing a life jacket should be a non-negotiable rule. Older children may wear a vest-style life jacket (type 3). Installing a lifeline off the back of the boat is a good idea for peace of mind and handy for kids to grab if there is a surface current or they get tired. Nylon safety netting can also be rigged around the boat to prevent child overboard scenarios. Setting up rules for the boat is a must. All members of the family should know what to do and where to be in the advent of stormy weather or a man overboard situation . You can even set up a few drills to make it fun. A well-stocked medical aid kit that can deal with minor accidents and stings or bites from sea and other creatures is essential. Keeping an even keel One of the keys to taking kids sailing and avoid meltdowns is to keep them entertained. This is relatively easy to do on a boat. Fishing rods, rope swing, snorkeling set, buckets for shell collecting and beach toys provide plenty of activities when at anchor. While at sea, small kids can get bored. For kids of all ages a box of coloured pencils and paper is always a good idea. There are a number of excellent children books about sailing, life on and in the sea; wildlife sheets and a pair of binoculars are great for spotting sea life on the trip.  Learning to tie simple knots and ‘Being the Captain’ at the helm is something that can teach boating skills and boost confidence on the boat. If all else fails, the inevitable electronic devices can always be relied upon. Middle schoolers will enjoy helping out with sails and ropes and having specific ‘jobs’ to do on the boat. These are great team building activities for your family. Having some paper charts of the area where you are sailing is a great activity for older kids who can plot the course on the chart, learn basic navigation skills and learn how to use the GPS. They will be fascinated by all the gadgets onboard and can keep an eye on the depth gauge or compass heading. High schoolers might want to take a friend along, will enjoy land-based activities like scuba diving and sea kayaking. They are able to take over some responsibilities on the boat, like keeping the course at the helm, climbing the mast, preparing the ropes and controlling the anchor chain. All hands on deck With these basics covered, you can sail away into the sunset assured of the fact that you are giving your kids the experience of a lifetime and making precious family memories that will stand them in good stead as they chart their own course in life. ..
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Sailing and cooking

An expanse of blue, flecked with white as far as the eye can see; sails full of wind, picking up speed. The skipper is smiling and the crew, sun kissed and windblown, are basking in the joy of the moment……. Now - what’s for lunch? Being inspired by the culture of the place that you are sailing, plus all the fresh and seasonal produce available and a few tips is all you need to make the most of a sailing holiday in Greece. Without a doubt, two of the top reasons to visit Greece are sublime sailing opportunities and the appetizing cuisine. So, why not combine the two?  If the thought of turning out tasty Mediterranean meals from a minute kitchen (or galley), while cooking at an angle of 25 degrees seems daunting, there are a few things you can do to be prepared before you go. Most charter boats have great, ergonomic kitchens - albeit on a much smaller scale than at home. Cooking on a boat, though a little different, can be fun and successful. Be prepared Provisions are the most important as the next supply stop may be days away. The first thing to consider is having a well-stocked boat. Dry goods should be bulk bought at the biggest port where there will be plenty of choice. Plenty of Olive oil, oregano, olives, Greek wine and tsipouro, honey, feta cheese and ‘paximadia’ (dry barley rusks) are the essentials that will give a distinctive Greek flavour to your cooking. Fresh goods can be bought on the way in smaller lots, as refrigeration and storage is limited. Seasonal vegetables are available at most ports, at the local Laiki (farmers market pronounced LAY-EE-KEE ) and, often, off the back of trucks that pass through the villages and ports. Tools of the Trade It’s a good idea to bring along favourite utensils as charter boats usually provide just the basics. Good substitutes for electrical appliances are sharp knives, a good mixing spoon, an old fashioned egg beater and a potato masher. Don’t forget the garlic crusher! A pressure cooker will save time and fuel. Special dried spices or any special dietary supplements are also useful to bring with you. Despite the limited storage space on the boat, there is a surprising amount of space to be found to store food items. Equipment is generally smaller, including the oven the fridge and allowances need to be made for this. Make sure any meat cuts or poultry can actually fit in the oven! Check your charter boat for these specifications before you leave. Cooking on a boat demands that you be innovative, creative and flexible since there is no store to pop into. Also, organization is critical; as Grandma used to say ‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’ Ready, Steady…Cook! Everything is affected by the motion of the boat, especially if cooking underway.  Standing can be a challenge at times and things slide around a lot more. Always think about the fact that the boat will move and consider the consequences of anything you do. Do use gimbals and pot restraints and never put anything down where it is not restrained. One pot meals are ideally suited for sailing trips, but cooking in the summer can make things uncomfortably hot and is best limited during the day. Greek salads and snacks during the day are quick, easy and delicious!  The numerous dips in the Greek kitchen such as Tzatziki, Eggplant dip, spicy feta cheese dip and more, with some freshly baked bread and a salad make an excellent meal. Of course, if there are any fishermen on your boat, then there is nothing better than the catch of the day – grilled, fried or baked! Greek cookery books are available in the tourist areas, or a quick look on the internet can get you inspired. Here are two favourite meals that are easy to prepare and just what’s called for after a hard day of sailing.   Cretan Dakos for 4 Ingredients 4 large Cretan barley rusks (paximadia) 4 large, ripe tomatoes (mashed or grated) 8 Tbsp Extra-virgin Olive oil 200g feta cheese 10 black olives 2 tbsp capers Oregano and salt and pepper Method Moisten the rusks with a little water and drizzle with some of the olive oil Spread the grated tomato on the rusks and top with crumbled feta cheese Add the olives, capers , oregano and salt and pepper to taste Drizzle with the remaining olive oil   Greek Lamb Meatballs served with Tzatziki This well-known Greek appetizer can be served as part of a meze platter or as a main meal with rice and Greek salad. Leftovers can be turned into yet another meal by adding a basic tomato and onion sauce over pasta. Can be baked or deep fried. Ingredients 1kg Lamb mince 1 red onion, grated 2 cloves of crushed garlic 1 tsp oregano 2 tbsp fresh mint (send someone ashore to grab a handful from a nearby pot plant) or dried ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp coriander ½ cup breadcrumbs 1 egg 1 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper Flour for dredging Oil for frying Method Combine all the ingredient in a large bowl and knead with your hands to release the flavours Cover and leave to stand for 15 minutes Roll the mixture between your hands about the size of walnuts and dredge in flour, shaking off the excess. The traditional way is to fry them in plenty of oil about 1.5 cm for about 7mins in batches;  they can also be baked/grilled at 200 C for about 20 minutes, turning midway Serve with other meze, or tzatziki and pita bread   Tzatziki Probably one of the most famous and healthiest Greek dips; easy to make too. Ingredients 500 g Strained Greek yogurt (must be strained otherwise the tzatziki will be watery) 1 Grated cucumber ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 cloves crushed garlic Salt to taste Method Salt the grated cucumber and leave aside in a sieve for 10 minutes to drain the excess liquid Combine the oil and garlic Add the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly Refrigerate and always serve cold ..
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