Safely enjoy the beauty of Croatian bays

Safely enjoy the beauty of Croatian bays

Experience the beauty

To spend time in uninhabited bays of the Croatian Adriatic is to experience the beauty that our islands and coast offer in their original sense. Anchor your boat in the same places where thousands of years ago Illyrian ships and Roman galleys used to tie their boats and enjoy the equally clean ambient in one of the rare corners of the Mediterranean still untouched by civilization.

 

Thanks to boaters’ requests, the most sheltered bays are nowadays equipped with mooring buoys, which will let you sleep soundly, while protecting the seabed and being much cheaper than harbour. Making such a compromise means that the most beautiful bays are slowly becoming mini-harbours, where you will spend time close to your neighbours. This solution is adequate if you don’t want to sleep in harbours during unstable weather (when safe mooring is imperative), but when you are surrounded by dozens of like-minded people you miss out on the harmony and beauty found only in the pristine nature that Croatia boasts. In order to experience waking up without numerous visitors, swimming in crystal clear water with no bystanders and being able to observe the starry night sky in peace and quiet, you need only sail a little further from the most popular anchor spots and routes.

Aleksandar Gospić

Spending a night in a so-called wild bay requires first and foremost highly developed sailing skills, not only when it comes to operating a vessel but also completely understanding the forecasts and conditions at sea.

We would like to emphasize that spending a night in a bay is only recommended in fair weather, because changes in weather in the Croatian part of the Adriatic are sometimes sudden and intense, causing problems to careless boaters. However, anyone who enjoys sailing a vessel as recreation will themselves learn not only the basic, but also the advanced techniques of sailing, which they will probably never use while sailing in Croatia. Those sailing with a professional crew can easily explore what is, in our opinion, the most beautiful aspect of seaside Croatia.

 

A prerequisite for a safe mooring, which will let you sleep soundly, is proper anchoring. Apart from letting you sleep soundly, proper anchoring will protect your vocal chords, as summer captains are often heard shouting in alarm across our bays. For your own safety during the anchoring manoeuvre, before lowering the anchor to the seabed, check the depths and assess the distance from the shore and other vessels. In order for the anchor to be secure, the ratio of the depth and the released chain or rope length must be at least 1:3. This will enable the anchor not only to stand at a correct angle to the anchor cable but also afford the vessel the required amortization, lessening the force on the anchor in sudden motions (such as waves caused by another ship). It is therefore very important not to drag the anchor along when throwing it into the water, but to move the vessel only after the anchor has touched the seabed, all the while releasing the cable at a greater speed than that of your vessel’s movement. In this way you prevent ripping the anchor away from the seabed and you achieve proper rope or chain tension.

 

After anchoring you must check what you managed to do by slowly moving the stern in the direction of the desired position of your boat, which will further bury the anchor. If your vessel stops and moves backwards a few meters towards the anchor, it means that the anchor cable is strung and that the anchor holds firmly. Once anchored, the biggest part of your work is done. Depending on the terrain, and the wishes of the crew (a green, sandy seabed is often highly valued), you can tie the vessel to the shore using rocks as a berth.

 

We recommend checking wind conditions, for example during an anticyclone in the daytime the wind is usually a western thermal wind, and at night the wind is usually a north wind (as a rule, the stronger the western wind, the stronger the north one).

Aleksandar Gospić

Make sure that the changing wind direction does not move your anchor and pay attention to the waves that may enter the bay, so that you may sleep soundly. Previous experience in mooring in a bay is the most useful, so ask your acquaintances about a specific location before visiting it yourself.

Aleksandar Gospić

In this whole process, the basis for a peaceful stay, or enjoying the bay, rests on proper mooring. Once you have mastered this simple marine skill, you will repeat it easily to the joy of all your crew members who will have a chance to experience the most beautiful corners of the Croatian Adriatic.