Croatia’s island-scattered littoral is the perfect place for sailing and yachting, the season usually lasting from early May to early October. The most basic form of sailing holiday, for which you need no nautical experience, is a cruise in a motorsailer – basically a large, engine-powered yacht with simple bunk accommodation and a crew to do the work. If you already know the ropes you might consider flotilla sailing, in which a group of yachts with an expertly crewed lead boat embarks on a set seven- or fourteen-day itinerary. Flotilla yachts usually range from two-berth to eight-berth, so per-person prices decrease according to the size of your group. At least one of your party will have to have sailing experience – exactly how much differs from one travel company to the next.
Yacht charter can either be “bareboat” (meaning you have to sail it yourself) or “skippered” (which means you pay for the services of a local captain). Prices are subject to many variables, the most important being the model of yacht and the number of berths. For bareboat charter, at least one member of the party has to have about two years’ sailing experience – again, precise requirements differ from company to company. To find out more, you can contact a specialist agency in your home country.
Sailing holidays and yacht charter contacts
Activity Yachting UK t 01243 641304, w activityyachting.com. Learn-to-sail packages, flotilla sailing and bareboat charter out of Murter in central Dalmatia.
Cosmos Yachting UK t 0800 376 9070, w cosmosyachting.com. Individual yacht charter or skippered charter out of Zadar, Pula, Split, Dubrovnik and other ports.
Interpac Yachts US t 1 619 222 0327, w interpacyachtcharters.com. Yacht-charter specialists offering customized Adriatic cruises.
Nautilus Yachting UK t 01732 867445, w nautilusyachting.com. Learn-to-sail packages based in Murter, plus bareboat yacht and motor-yacht charter from various Dalmatian ports.
Sail Croatia Croatia t 00 385 21 494 888, w sailcroatia.net. Skippered and bareboat charter from a wide range of Dalmatian island bases.
Sail Croatia Adventures UK t 0845 257 8289, w sail-croatia.com. Motorcruiser tours of Dalmatia, sailing-plus-cycling combinations.
Seafarer UK t 020 8324 3117, w seafarercruises.com. Bareboat charters and flotilla sailing based in Dalmatia.
Setsail Holidays UK t 01787 310445, w setsail.co.uk. Bareboat charter, and two-week flotilla sailing in Dalmatia.