An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Brac Island in Croatia.
Brač Island lies 10 miles SE of the city of Split on the mainland coast of Croatia, immediately E of the smaller island of Solta, from which it is separated by a channel barely half a mile wide, and directly N of the island of Hvar. The third largest of the Croatian islands after Cres and Krk, with an area of just under 400 square kms, Brac is also a very popular resort island. The stunning beach of Zlatni Rat near Bol is famous worldwide as one of the highlights of Croatia’s tourist promotion and Brac’s population of 14,400 increases by a factor of three to four during the busy summer period. Vidova Gora, the highest point on the island, at 778 metres, is also the highest peak in all the Croatian islands. Historically, the island’s main claim to fame is the quality of its white stone, which has been quarried since Roman times and found its way into buildings as varied as Diocletian’s palace in Split and the White House in Washington DC. Brac is well supplied with mooring facilities for the cruising yachtsman, with ten harbours, two marinas and numerous anchorages around its deeply indented coastline.
- British Admiralty
- Croatian charts
- M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)
Diurnal winds among the islands are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5, although gusting is common in narrow channels between islands and on the lee side of headlands. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains affect some of the islands close to the mainland coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms - luckily of short duration - with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared, especially along the coast from Rijeka down to Zadar, although its effects can be felt as far south as Split.
Equally prevalent in winter - although not uncommon in summer - is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast.
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There are 14 principal berthing options on the island, the harbours of Supetar, Sutivan, Bobovisca, Milna, Bol, Sumartin, Povlja, Pucisca, Postira and Splitska and anchorages at U. Luka, U. Rasotica, U. Studena and U. Lucice amongst others. The harbour of Milna also contains two small marinas. Click on link at top right of page for Interactive map of harbours and anchorages or for full details see below.
Marinas & Yacht Clubs
The main anchorages on Brac island are as follows (anti-clockwise from Supetar):
Yacht Services and Repairs
Limited repairs at ACI-operated Marina Milna.
Fuel, Water, & Electricity
Things to do Ashore
See individual port entries.
- Ferries to Split from Supetar and from Sumartin to Makarska.
- Seasonal ferries to Split from Bol and Milna.
- Internal flights to Zagreb from Brac airport (April - October).
Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.
List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)
- Brac at the Wikipedia
For other useful websites, see Croatia.
References & Publications
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Date of member's last visit to Brac and this page's details validated:
- July 2005 --Athene of Lymington 16:20, 15 November 2012 (GMT)
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