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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 heavy on most of the roads leading towards the coast and towards the interior of the country (on most of the motorways A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče, A2 Zagreb-Macelj, A3 Bregana-Lipovac, on the A7 Rupa-Diračje), on the Krk bridge in both directions and on most of the roads in the coastal area, especially near Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, on the section Split-Omiš-Makarska and between Klek and Zaton Doli through Neum. The state road DC59 between Kistanje and Ivoševci is closed due to a wild fire. on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče there is some queueing traffic between the rest area Vukova Gorica and Karlovac at the toll station Lučko 6 km in direction Zagreb, at Demerje 2 km in direction coast traffic is occasionally queueing between Lučko and Karlovac on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj westbound traffic is occasionally stopped at the junction Krapina due to heavy traffic at the toll station Trakošćan the queue is 5 km long, at the toll station Krapina 2 km at the border crossings Kaštel and Plovanija in Istria 6 km queueing traffic towards Slovenia on the A7 Rupa-Diračje at the junction Rupa occasional hold-ups towards the border crossing Pasjak on the state road towards the border crossing Pasjak 7 km at the toll station Rupa 1,5 km in direction Slovenia at the border crossing Rupa 500 m in direction Slovenia Driving restrictions: freight vehicles exceeding 7,5 t - Saturday, 19th of August; 4AM - 2PM - Sunday, 20th of August; 12AM - 11PM Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -the DC29 from Novi Golubovec (DC29, DC35) -the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road -ŽC5042 Višnjan-Tićan. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin, on the section Sučević-Otrić in Otrić -on the state road DC2 in Vukovar, (Kudeljarska and Priljevo street) -on the state road DC66 Pula- Raša bridge -on the state road DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
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  • Due to heavy traffic during the tourist season longer wait times are possible on most border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
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