Croatia Course Information

If you have general course information questions, check out this page. If you are wanting to learn more about sailing courses in Croatia, read on.

What’s so special about sailing in Croatia?

Croatia is just so damn beautiful. Its natural beauty is well known, but offers more than that. Charn can be found in its Austro-Hungarian walled villages, plus the fresh food available at farmers’ markets. As a culture, the people themselves are resilient and – in their own distinctly European way – very friendly. During the summer, the wind will come up mid-morning and usually last until mid-afternoon. For these reasons, if you sail, Croatia needs to be on your list.

What is the route like?

The trip starts and finishes in the historical, walled town of Split. From there, a typical week-long route will may take you to the town of Trogir, then across to the islands of Vis, Hvar and Bol. Along the way you will swim in the Blue Caves, explore the James Bond-esque coastal roads of Vis, and rock jump the Green Caves, all the while sailing in some of the finest summer conditions anywhere.

What is the currency?

The currency is the Croatian Kuna (HRK). Currently 100 Kuna is worth around US$15 (or around €13). There are ATMs available around the main towns to withdraw cash, and most restaurants accept Visa and Mastercard.

Do we have to bring our own safety equipment?

No, all safety equipment is provided by us. All you need to bring is your clothes.

Do we have to bring our own bedding?

No, linens and towels are all provided for you.

Do we get to balance sailing with exploring?

Yes, this is one of the big differences between Sailing Virgins and other sailing schools. Rather than be tantalisingly close to a cool place but not be allowed to explore it, Sailing Virgins encourages everyone to climb to the fort, to swim in the caves, all the while working through the sailing syllabus. We love that balance.

What’s the average age of students?

Sailing Virgins students are typically in their 20s-40s, with most students in their 30s.

What’s the safety like in Croatia? Emergency services?

Croatia is considered to be a relatively safe country. As part of Europe, its emergency services are available on demand. Helicopters service the islands for any major issues.

What’s the typical weather like in Croatia?

From July, Croatia offers beautiful warm summer days. Sometimes there can be a gusty Bura wind from the north or a steadier Jugo from the south. We try to sail during the shoulder part of summer, early July and late August, which offer more wind and less heat.

Typically do we anchor in a bay or go to a marina for the night?

We do both. Some nights we will anchor in a bay, for the solitude and the ability to swim straight off the boat in the morning. Other nights we will tie up to a riva (village wall) or go to a marina.

What if we want to come and learn some things but also want to relax and enjoy the trip/don’t really care about certification.

Most weeks are fast track weeks, that involve earning two ASA certifications. If you want to dial it down a notch, to allow more time to explore, then just do one level of ASA, or none and we can just coach your sailing, we don’t mind.

I’m already certified but haven’t sailed in a while, can I come?

Yes, if you are wanting to improve your sailing skills with a coach/instructor, then these weeks are perfect for that. You will be on a sailing boat with a professional sailor, with at least 2 ocean crossings under his belt, and who knows these waters and towns very well. Sailing is said to be 10,000 small lessons. Spend the week learning some of them.

I want to come and learn but my partner just wants to come and relax, can they come?

Yes, for non-student partners we have a 15% discount. They are free to join in.

We’re coming as part of our honeymoon, is there an option for us to stay on land for a night or two?

Yes, you can mould the week how you like it. We will you where the itinerary takes us, and you can book a night or two in villages along the way.

What do we do if bad weather comes?

We do as we are trained; we reef the sails (make them smaller), and either relish in the bad weather, or we head to a sheltered place, put on a cup of tea, get some card games happening (actually, we read our texts. Naturally.)  and wait the storm out.

What sets Sailing Virgins apart from Croatian sailing schools?

There are a few reasons:

  1. Students are all in the 20s-40s age range – so the vibe on board is younger and the sailing more athletic;
  2. We sail First 45s – these are racer cruisers: very different to the tired old cruisers that other schools sail;
  3. Our instructors are ocean-crossers – these guys don’t just have their instructor qualifications, they are sailors’ sailors;
  4. Our instructors are young – your instructor makes your week, and you don’t want some jaded, salty, cranky guy yelling at you. You want someone who will help make this one of the best weeks of your life;
  5. Sailing Virgins is the highest rated sailing school in the world. Other sailing schools stay away from review sites.

Where are the Croatia Course pages?

Here is the Beginner Course – Croatia

Here is the Intermediate Course – Croatia