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Porto Journal Summer 2014

Sailing New Frontier

Sailing's new frontier

The centre of sailing in Montenegro is undoubtedly the Bay of Kotor, just a few kilometres from the Croatian border and already home to several yacht clubs. This idyllic 93 sq km stretch of water, surrounded with mountain peaks, is well protected from the open sea and reaches 39metres in depth in some points. From here yachts can leisurely explore Montenegro’s 295km of unspoilt coastline or head further afield.

With many anchorages, private coves, ancient towns and waterside konobas (traditional restaurants) to choose from, yachts can cruise at leisure, stop for a swim, moor up for lunch and go sightseeing in one day. Many of the historic towns have museums or a cultural point of interest to explore too.

Whilst the wind conditions can vary, spring and autumn are by far the best seasons for sailing. The Bora is a cold, dry and gusty wind that arrives from the north-east and can extend as far south as Malta whilst the Jugo from the south-east brings warm winds from the Sahara. Both provide exciting conditions for sailing and racing.

With this in mind, Porto Montenegro Yacht Club (PMYC) has developed a calendar of sailing events since its launch in 2010. Designed for both new and seasoned sailors the Club offers bespoke sailing packages for groups, monthly regattas and social sailing evenings alongside a host of other events.

On the agenda this summer, the Arsenal Cup Weekend will take place on 12th July and is a popular annual event attracting teams from across the region. There is also the new Adriatic off-shore Thousand Islands Race which will run from 18th to 28th September. Jointly organised by the PMYC and the Sailing Club of Rijeka (SCOR), the race will take place between Rijeka and Tivat – a course that takes in approximately 300 miles of coastline.

The PMYC’s sailing experiences, designed ultimately as short trips for group, business and leisure travellers, provide an intensive practical and theory-based course in sailing. Programmes are tailor-made to the abilities and objectives of the participants. Groups can follow either a classic regatta format or focus on beginnerfriendly sailing, making use of the PMYC’s fleet of Blu26 and Tofinou 9.5 boats, packaged up with breakfast, lunch and snacks, as well as digital photography to capture the action.

For younger visitors, the Sailing Club for Kids is a ten-week course held twice yearly (July and September). Open to ages 8 to 16 years, the course immerses children in all aspects of dinghy sailing, from on-water activities to washing down and stowing the boats. On completion of the course, each child receives an RYA certificate as part of the Youth Sailing Scheme.