Sailing in Croatia: The Easter Regatta on Hvar

By , 13 Apr 2017, 10:43 AM Sport

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We are delighted to welcome Tara Miranda to the TCN team on April 13, 2017. Tara will be spending most of the summer sailing the Adraitic for us, bringing our new project Total Croatia Sailing to life. In order to get ready for this tough assignment this summer, Tara took part in the Easter Regatta on Hvar this week. Here is her report. 

'Uskršnja regata' on picturesque Hvar last weekend boasted an attendance of high-calibre sailors, industry pros and Olympic medallist, Tonči Stipanović. The annual "Easter regatta" has been running for 21 years and was the second regatta of six scheduled for the CRO-ORC 2017 Cup. A diverse mix of 41 yachts signed up, ranging both in size and crew ability. 56ft Marina Kaštela, Grand Solei 56R, was the largest yacht among a few other giants. Meanwhile, some competitors sailed smaller boats of around 30ft.


The big talking point of the weekend was a newly purchased TP52 race yacht, Polet Furioso. It was a delight to watch this impressive boat on the water; with it's dark sails and fresh black paint job, it had the appeal and masculinity of a yacht that Batman would own. The owner Niko Dešković, paid homage to his grandfather by adorning his yacht with the JK Labud logo. The 1925 established Split sailing club's success was strengthened by his grandfather, who reigned as president for 15 years. In a relaxed, Dalmatian-coast style,Dešković chose a regatta as the first time to sail this demon racing machine.


A newly assembled crew of 10 sailors worked the yacht together for the first time; none of them having ever previously sailed a TP52. To say the least, it was tense at moments. Everyone surveyed each tack and gybe with hungry apprehension. In awe, I watched the race crew accomplish a nail-biting kite-drop within a mere 5 meters of a craggy shoreline. Lady Luck seemed to be on their side, and the rookie crew shone with success, winning the Open-Race Class.


Champions of the regatta, team X-cite, competed in an indeed 'x-citing' match race with identical X-41 one-design boat, Nube. CRO-ORC regulars, Tonko Rameša helming X-cite and Mate Arapov helming Nube, were neck and neck. Ultimately, a challenging boat-handicap rating for Nube, the result of a new genneker, and a disqualification meant that X-cite pulled it out of the bag and won on corrected time. The exhilarated X-cite crew celebrated with a champagne shower, swiftly followed by a leap into the water of Hvar port; ending the evening with a proud, acoustic-guitar accompanied sing-song. First place prize was a gleaming, white Ford Fiesta and a haul of respect from their peers. Weekend well spent.


The remaining four regattas will be hosted by Šibenik; the next gust of activity kicking off on the 29th of April with the Šibenik ORC Cup.

Total Croatia Sailing will go live in June 2017, but you can follow the Croatian sailing action on the new Total Croatia Sailing Facebook page.


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  • Traffic is suspended on the DC8 Adriatic road between Omiš and Brela at the place Medići due to trees on the road, detour: Omiš-Gata-Dubci. Due to rain the roads are wet and slippery in Dalmatia, in Istria, in Lika and Gorski kotar mountain areas, in the northern coastal area and in the central parts. Rock and land sliding is possible. Due to fog visibility is reduced in Gorski kotar - on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Kikovica and Tuhobić tunnel. Traffic is dense in cities and on their detour roads. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas, such as on the A1 motorway between Lučko and Donja Zdenčina junctions in direction Split. Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. With the bad weather the headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A1 7th-8th km in direction Rijeka/Split, in Plasina tunnel in both directions; -A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Zaprešić and Zabok junctions 20th-18th km in both directions; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 119th-120th km in both directions; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Roadworks on the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway (Zagreb detour road): - till 9 June traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes; - till 8 May traffic is suspended in the exit lane of Popovec junction from direction Goričan towards Popovec, detour for direction Vrbovec-Popovec: Sveta Helena junction (A4)-Sveta Helena-DC3 Goričica-Belovar-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec junction, for direction Goričan (A4)-Sveta Helena: Komin junction (A4)-DC3-Sveti Ivan Zelina-Donja Zelina-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec. Lepenica rest area (at 57th km) on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway is closed till 15 June, the previous rest area and petrol station is the one Ravna Gora (at 30th km), the next one Cernik-Čavle (17,8 km away from Lepenica). Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road in Knin until 14 July; -on the DC1 state road at Klinča Sela, Tušilović and Mostanje; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC62 Veliki Prolog-Metković state road at Most Metković.
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  • During the day difficulties can be expected at the border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary due to traffic density and occasional additional controls. Passenger traffic is dense at: - Bregana (20 minutes), Karasovići (30 minutes), Stara Gradiška (25 minutes) in the inbound direction, -Bregana (25 minutes), Županja (30 minutes) in the outbound direction. Bus traffic is heavy at Bregana (an hour) in the outbound direction. In the outbound freight traffic there are delays at Bajakovo (4 hours) and Tovarnik (an hour), in the inbound at Bajakovo (5 hours) and Tovarnik (an hour) as well. Due to roadworks at Županja and Slavonski Brod border crossings delays can be expected. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • The following ferries, catamarans and boats do not operate due to strong wind: -Lopar-Valbiska, Brestova-Porozina, Šibenik-Zlarin-Kaprije-Žirje ferries, -Mali Lošinj-Rijeka, Rijeka-Rab-Novalja, Ubli-Vela Luka-Hvar-Split, Korčula-Hvar-Split, Jelsa-Bol-Split, Vis-Split catamarans, -Mali Lošinj-Unije-Susak boat.
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