Positioned between a grand prix overseas regatta and a cruising rally is a brand new limited entry one design event due to start from the town of Split in Croatia on June 13, 2015.
In between Australian offshore seasons and with winter in full swing it is the time of year when some of the country’s better known sailing names are heading out of town with their crews to compete in the inaugural Croatia First Regatta on identical Beneteau First 45 yachts. The regatta runs for 7 days will race one way from Split to the island of Korcula stopping off at islands and ports along the way.
The boats in the chartered fleet are all the same and the tri-radial cut spectra sails came out of the UK sail loft at the same time. There will be no extras other than what is in the standard inventory and yachts will be drawn from the hat before the regatta, creating a true level playing field.
Organiser Trevor Joyce from Mariner Boating says another unique dimension of the Croatia First regatta is the mother ship concept and travelling race management team. “Unlike regattas where crews go out and return to the same place each day, we are mixing up passage and round-the-cans racing and returning to a different location with separate accommodation on shore after each distance race.”
Day passage races will take crews from the town of Split to the islands of Vis, Hvar and Korcula with short course racing planned for alternate days.
The Croatian Sailing Federation is responsible for the week-long on water program, due to be completed on Saturday June 20. Scoring will be an accumulative low point score system with all races counting. The yachts will then be returned to Split or the charter may be extended for cruising.
Mariner Boating are also running a special, limited time only promotion. For every crew entered in the regatta, Mariner Boating will offer one Free of Charge Entry Fee (Option 1) for a crew member. There are only 2 yachts left so contact Mariner Boating today
Entries are closing in just 2 weeks!