It is easy to capture favourable winds among such a number of islands as exist in Croatian territorial waters – whether blowing from the land or the sea. The strength of wind and waves is not unusually excessive, but should you have had enough just sail for the nearest sheltered bay. When the wind dies down – continue to enjoy the calm of the sea! Fully equipped sailboats of various categories (with or without a skipper) can be hired from any one of the dozens of marinas situated up and down the coast and on the islands. Yachting clubs and marinas are numerous and well equipped. If you are not inclined towards sports sailing, regattas and navigational skills, you can enjoy a quite special form of adventure sailing aboard an old sailing ship. You can take along your “activity mix” gear – kayak, diving equipment, trekking shoes, or bicycle. A sailing ship may not be a luxury cruiser, but ships’ cooks can be true magicians, and nor you will go short of sailing experience and fun. Additionally, you have the freedom to discover places that yachts and your everyday tourists never get to see – coves cleverly concealed between rocks, beaches where crabs bask in the sun… Island roads will take you to villages where people have never heard of stress, where they eat the best fish, make superb cheese and take pleasure in treating you to a glass of one of their exquisite wines.
Winds in the Adriatic
Bura – a dry, cold, north-easterly, gusting wind, sweeps strongest from Velebit and Biokovo, cleans and freshens the air in summer time; dominates in winter months.
Jugo (scirocco) – a southerly, humid wind blowing from the sea, more frequent along the southern part of the coast; it can create high waves.
Maestral – a daytime wind blowing from the sea; usually rises around midday and
dies down at dusk.
Weather forecasts are very precise; they provide reports on winds, the height and
strength of waves, visibility and the overall weather picture for periods of 12 and 24