Sailing tips - Sun & Sea

Sailing tips - Sun & Sea

The Adriatic coast offers sunshine in abundance. It is one of the sunniest areas in the Mediterranean, with an average of 2600 hours of sunshine annually. The thick pine forests and constant breeze provide shade and refreshment from the blazing heat, while numerous bays and smooth rocks are exceptionally well-suited for swimming and sun tanning.

A sign of good, stable weather is a clear sky with a few clouds here and there. If the sun before setting is a purplish color with a clear sky under a thick, dark cloud, it is a sign that the weather will get better. Indication of weather worsening is a dull and fuzzy sunset with a cluster of clouds. A rainbow made by breaking up and reflection of sun rays in droplets of water is a sign of bad weather  with rain, but also better weather after the rain. A pleasant, sunny day perfect for sailing is usually announced by the rainbow in the western part of the sky in the afternoons and evenings.

If you find yourself near the island of Vis on a sunny day, you must visit the Blue and Green Caves. It is a phenomena of the Adriatic Sea which exists thanks to a play of lights. Sun rays squeezed through the cave's opening, formed by sea waves, create a magical and unique azure and emerald radiant glow.

Island Avg. annual sunshine (in hours)
Rab 2417
Lošinj 2606
Pag 2268
Vir 2450
Zlarin 2700
Hvar 2718
Korčula 2700
Šipan 2580

The Adriatic Sea, with over 1300 islands, islets, cliffs and innumerable splendid bays, is a favorite destination for nature-lovers and sailing enthusiast. It is the cleanest and most transparent sea in Europe with an average depth of 252,5 meters. Adriatic waters conceal a rich world of sea-plants, as well as shipwrecks and remains of buildings from the era of the Greeks and Romans.

The Adriatic spreads from the northwest to the southeast, between the Apennine and Balkan peninsulas. Due to its mild Mediterranean climate, Adriatic offers a wealth of aromas, lush vegetation and crystal clear blue sea, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, diving and sailing. With such unique beauty, it has always attracted people from the furthest and most diverse parts of the world.

In the northern Adriatic, the distances between the islands are smaller, as well are those between the islands and the coast. The most common wind “Maestral” is weaker here, and there is much more shelter from all weather conditions at your disposal. The “Maestral” is stronger in southern Dalmatia and the sea is not as calm there. It takes longer to reach another island, harbour or shelter by sailboat here.

Many parts of the Adriatic are preserved as national parks and nature reserves. Regardless which area of the Adriatic you choose to visit, the harbours will always guarantee a shelter for your sailboat, and the secluded bays, islets and piers of preserved ancient rock will provide an equally safe area for mooring.

The Adriatic Sea in figures:

LENGTH 783 km
WIDTH (average) 248,3 km
DEPTH (average) 173 m
SURFACE 148 595 km2
VOLUME 34 977 km3
LAND 1777 km
ISLANDS 4058 km
SALINITY (average) 38.30 per mill.
WIND SPEED AT SEA (mean) 0,5 knots
WAVE HEIGHT (on average) 0,5 - 1,5 m


Enjoy Croatian sun aboard a beautiful power boat, for example a Sunseeker charter Yacht. Or you can choose a Beneteau motor yacht for charter. If you are interested in Azimut yachts learn about Azimut yacht features or where to rent an Azimut yacht.

We can also help you charter a boat in other sunny destinations, Greece for instance. Cruise on a charter boat in Greece and discover magical Greek islands.

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