This September The Sailing Club of Rijeka and the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club launched the very first Thousand Islands Race, a new race for offshore sailors interested in sailing the Croatian and Montenegrin coast.
12 boats from 8 countries started the 600 nm race on the 21st September from Rijeka to Porto Montenegro and back. From the start the fleet had fantastic wind conditions as they made their way down the Croatian coast and through over a thousand islands including Unije, Susak, Premuda, Dugi Otok, Kornat, Vis, Lastovo and Mljet. It was a testing course demanding knowledge of the local wind conditions and how best to negotiate them. The first boat to cross the finish line at Porto Montenegro was Hungarian R/P 60 Wild Joe at an impressive 28hrs and 45mins, a time likely to challenge sailors for years to come.
Between legs the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club hosted a local regatta titled the ‘Thousand Islands Race +2 Race’. The course took competitors through Verige and around the beautiful islands of Perast – a popular course due to its dramatic scenery. The regatta concluded with a surprising winner, Maestral, a Blu 26 boat crewed by the PM marina team, and one of the smallest boats in the fleet.
A prize giving was held at Purobeach, where the Mayor of Tivat Miodrag Kankaraš awarded winners of Wild Joe skippered by Jože Marton , runners-up Hydra from Austria, and third place Waypoint from Croatia.
The second leg of the Thousand Islands Race started on the 25th September. With 277kn miles to cover and a light wind only 2 boats finished within the time limit but it was Wild Joe who took the win again, crossing the line at 46hrs. The Porto Montenegro team sailing on Mustique, a Moody 66 and skippered by Finn McGurran, finished overall in 9th position.
The second Thousand Islands Race will take place from 18th – 28th September 2014. Interested participants should visit www.scor.hr for more information.