Brbinj

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Brbinj
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The bay of Brbinj from S

The harbour of Brbinj lies on the NE coast of the island of Dugi Otok ten miles off the mainland coast of Croatia and facing the island of Ugljan. Its attractive setting, at the head of a deep bay surrounded by wooded slopes, attracts a modest tourist industry during the summer and it also offers good facilities for visiting yachts on its quay and associated mooring buoys. The harbour and bay offer good shelter in all but E and SE winds.

Just half a mile N across the isthmus on which the village sits is another harbour with further mooring buoys, U. Lucina, which is also where the Brbinj-Zadar ferry berths. See Brbinj, U. Lucina for information on this location.

Charts

British Admiralty
515
2711
Croatian charts
MK13
Imray
M25 (Otok Rab to Sibenik)

Weather

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.

For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.

Passages

See Croatia.

Islands

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

There are no dangers in the immediate approach to Brbinj. The white-painted light structure on the headland of Rt Koromasnjak at the N entrance to the bay is conspicuous from some distance. Depths in the approach are considerable until approaching the quay at the head of the inlet, where depths range from 2.0 to 4.0 metres.

Entrance

Bozava is the closest seasonal port of entry. The nearest year-round port of entry is Zadar.

Berthing

There are two mooring options for visiting yachts:

Town Quay

Yachts moored on Brbinj quay

The main town quay lies on the W side of the inlet at the top of the bay. There are laid moorings here for around 20 yachts in depths of 2.0 - 4.0 metres. There is a shoal patch towards the N end of the quay and it is best to go bows-to if mooring here. Shelter is good in winds from all directions except E round to SE. There are water and electricity points on the quay.

Mooring Buoys

The mooring buoys off Brbinj

A row of mooring buoys has been laid on the NE side of the bay, just inside the headland of Rt Koromasnjak (the one with the light structure). Depths here are over 10 metres. The buoys are provided with lines ashore as they are extremely close to each other and designed to pack in the maximum number of boats.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

There is a useful anchorage in the cove to the SW of the bay. Anchor in 4.0 - 5.0 metres, with a line ashore if possible. Shelter here is good from all directions except NE and E. Holding is moderate to good in sand, mud and weed.

Yacht Repairs and Services

See Sali.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Nearest fuel in U. Triluke. Water and electricity on the quay.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

Brbinj is one of the prettiest villages along the E shore of the island and in a beautiful, wooded setting. In the SE part of the village are the ruins of the fortified house of the Soppe family, a prominent 16th century Zadar family, which contains a chapel dating from the 17th century. The parish church of Saints Cosmas and Damian dates back to the 14th century, although the present structure is largely from the 15th century.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Limited provisions shop near the quay.

Eateries

Restaurants in the town.

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

See Sali.

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the harbour.

Transportation

  • Ferries to Zadar from U. Lucina across the isthmus
  • Local buses to Sali.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

Also see Croatia.

References & Publications

See Croatia.

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