By now you know the popularity of Croatia. It's the most popular sailing area in the world. We'll sail the Dalmatian Islands, from Split to Dubrovnik. Spectacular stone villages; beautiful clean water; and easy sails! The popularity can make it overcrowded at times, but after six sails here, I've learned a couple of tricks! Nine days, for example, makes all the difference.
This is the most I've charged for a trip, but it's a lower per day cost, so perhaps the best value. If we're going to go all the way there to see it, let's do it right. I learned the hard way my first time that one week is not enough time to sail from Split to Dubrovnik without rushing and skipping over great islands. And just backtracking to one of these World Heritage cities means getting caught in a loop of overcrowded marinas, which we may not be able to get into. Charters are only by the week (and only start on Saturdays), and a week charter actually means six days, because they require you to return to the start on Friday so they can prep the yacht for the following week's charter! For an extra $200 each, we get three more days! The other tremendous advantage to a one-way sail with more days is it gets off the track of all the other yachts, so we'll have greater access to the most popular marinas. The second sail is already full, but I still have space from September 2nd to the 11th.
We'll visit Brač; Hvar, with its celebrity status and nightlife; and Vis with the Blue Cave. Continuing on to Korcula, Mljet, Ston, and of course, 'can't miss' Dubrovnik. September is an ideal time: a little less crowded and a little less hot.
Hope to see you aboard!
A likely itinerary, below; the location in the Adriatic, above.
Clockwise, from top: Korcula; Dubrovnik; Pucisca; me, running around the Hvar fortress!
Reserving your spot
I decided to reserve a more luxurious yacht for this sail, a new 49' yacht but with just four cabins and four heads instead of the standard 5/3 layout. As such, I can only take the first eight. Space is reserved in the order of deposits received.
$3,150 for a double cabin. Singles can pay $1,575 to share a cabin with separate berths, or $2,600 for their own cabin.
Repeat crew members, or those reserving before February 15th, save $75. Payment in full is due 60 days before the trip.
Payment may be made via Paypal, Venmo (Edward_Laucella) or Check:
Edward Laucella, 1118 Winona Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Questions?: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 407 687-8194
The best airfares from the U.S. are typically found by finding a good fare to somewhere in Europe, preferably a city where you may want to layover, then connecting to Split (SPU) or Dubrovnik (DBV). You can fly into one and out of the other at no greater cost, or transfer between the cities. The best choice, in my opinion, is to take a ferry.