A starting point of your sailing holiday is the marina situated in Komolac, Dubrovnik ACI (Adriatic Croatia International club). Part of the largest chain of marinas (currently 25) owned by the Croatian Government and operated by Club ACI. This leading boating tourism company has marinas from Kvarner in the north to the south of the Dalmatian Adriatic Sea, offering you diverse choices of sailing itineraries. ACI marina Dubrovnik opened 1971 and is protected by the 5 km bay of Rijeka Dubrovacka. Granted with the “European Blue Flag" (an environmental friendly award) also makes this marina the safest and most protected from storms in Croatia.
The marina can be reached by car from Dubrovnik, the International Ćilipi Airport near Dubrovnik or seasonal ferries from Rijeka, Split and Italy. The Dubrovnik marina offers 425 berths (wet and dry), water & power supply, 60ton travel lift, repair store, nautical gear shop, gasoline station, parking lot, a supermarket, exchange office, reception, WC and showers, laundry services, restaurant and coffee bar, tennis courts and a seawater swimming pool.
Most charter companies in ACI marina Dubrovnik can be rented with a skipper, or without if you have a valid license for sailing. Popular charter companies include:
Adriatic Yaught charter
Luxuria Adria Ltd
ACI marina Dubrovnik
Na skali 2
Nautical Tourist/Sailing Information
The coastline of the Adriatic is a paradise for lone boating, bordered by islands, islets and coves. The Strait of Otranto connects the Mediterranean to the Adriatic Sea. The depths differ with deep scalloped sea floors and inshore more shallower. The islands and islets are great navigation indicators with over 350 natural harbors and marinas to choose from. The national parks along the Adriatic coast include Island Mljet, River Krka, Island Kornati, Harbor Telašćica and Islands of Brijuni. For marina locations and marina details visit: http://www.aci-club.hr/ or for information on gas stations visit: http://www.ina.hr
The main winds in the Adriatic are "bura"- a gustly strong, cold northeasterly wind from the mainland to the sea during times of high air pressure. Especially around and near Kvarner, Velebit Channel, Šibenik, Split, Pelješac and Dubrovnik. "Maestral" - causes rough seas with a northwesterly wind with a force up to 5. This wind usually brings good weather. "Bura" - usually blowing at night and dies down after dawn from north, northeast in the northern Adriatic, and from the east or southeast in the southern Adriatic. "Jugo"- this warm, humid and southeasterly wind is sometimes unpredictable in its direction changes and brings a lot of rain during end of October to January, blowing for several days. "Nevera" blows very strong westerly winds, in a short span, mostly in summer in the Northern Adriatic and usually accompanied by thunder. Other winds include lebić - southwesterly, levant - strong southeasterly and tramontana - cold northerly. Weather forecast and warnings are broadcasted by the Marine Meteorological Center.
Currents and tidal streams usually move northwest anti-clockwise in the Adriatic. From the east of the Strait of Otranto, moving northerly to west Albania onto Pula in Istria. The height of the tidal wave of the Strait of Otranto varies from 25cm to 80cm.
When entering Croatia, your boat may be registered (under Croatian flag) and you must obtain a vignette (valid for one year) and certify the crew list at your closest port for international traffic, Harbor Master's office or its branch office. If your boat is already harbored in a marina, the skipper must obtain these documents before leaving the port or a vessel arriving by land (not exceeding 18 m long and 2.55 m wide) and should report at the border crossing and then proceed to the Harbor Master's office or its branch office. More info available at http://www.mmtpr.hr
Permanent maritime border crossings are available in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Raša (Bršica), Rijeka, Mali Lošinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Vela Luka and Ubli. Seasonal crossings in ACI marina Umag, Novigrad, Sali, Božava, Primošten, Hvar, Stari Grad (Hvar), Vis, Komiža and Cavtat are only available from 1 April to 31 October.
All skippers must have the following documents to enter Croatia; pursuant to the national regulations of the flag state, vignette, certified crew/passenger list, certificate of seaworthiness, evidence of competence for boat handling, third party insurance policy and ownership certificate or authorization for the use of vessel.
Tourist tax fees are paid daily or annually for holders of a berth in marinas in Croatia regardless of their length of stay.
Be on the watch out for posted signs to reduce speed, marked dive sites, and distance from the coastline requirements for navigating boats or vessels as outlines by the Harbor Master's Office (competent body in charge of order in ports and territorial waters). Non-compliance with the traffic regulations and harbor regulations is subject to penalty.
For boat or yacht charter several agencies are available for your choice in the ACI marinas (Adriatic Croatia International club) in Croatia.
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