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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Ist Island in Croatia.

Ist
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Harbours of Ist Island from N

Ist Island lies off the mainland coast of Croatia, five miles S of the islands of Silba and Olib and separated from the island of Molat to the SE by the narrow channel of Prolaz Zapuntel. The island is butterfly shaped and offers two anchorages on its SE and NW sides in the bays between the two ‘wings’, of which the bay on the SE side is the bigger and more popular of the two. The island’s main settlement of Ist Town straddles the narrow spit between the two bays. The island has a population of barely 200, which is largely dependent on tourism, much of it from the visiting yachts which berth on the jetties or mooring buoys in the bays or on the additional mooring buoys in the Prolaz Zapuntel between Ist and Molat islands.

Charts

British Admiralty
515
Croatian charts
MK11
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

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Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

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Entrance

Mali Losinj is the nearest all-year port of entry. In summer only, Bozava on Dugi Otok is also a port of entry.

Berthing

There are three berthing options on Ist Island:

Ports

Yachts moored in U. Siroka

U. Siroka

U. Siroka/wiki/Ist#U._Siroka
Harbour icon U. Siroka [[Ist#U. Siroka|U. Siroka]] 44°16.212'N, 014°45.955'E
Yachts moored on jetty, U. Siroka

The bay of U. Siroka is situated on the SE side of the island, a mile W of the Prolaz Zapuntel which separates the island of Ist from its neighbouring island, Molat. The main part of Ist Town lies at the head of the bay and its small harbour has been well converted to meet the needs of visiting yachtsmen, with alongside berths and laid moorings accommodating some 30 yachts on its two jetties and around 40 mooring buoys SE of the harbour. There are no dangers in the approach, but note that there is a shoal patch at the entrance to the bay, roughly equidistant from the two headlands enclosing it, which is marked with a pole. Shelter here is excellent in the prevailing NW winds, but the whole bay is open SE.

Yachts berth as directed either alongside the N side of the larger jetty (ensuring they do not occupy the ferry berth) or stern or bows-to on the S side, using the laid moorings provided. Alternatively, berth stern or bows-to on the S side of the smaller jetty immediately N, where there are also laid moorings for up to 10 yachts. Depths on the ferry jetty are between 2.0 metres at the root and 4.0 metres at the end. Depths at the smaller jetty are 2.0 - 2.5 metres.

Finally, if all berths are taken (which is not uncommon in the peak season), pick up one of the 40 or so mooring buoys laid SE of the harbour in depths of 3.0 - 4.0 metres. A charge is made for using the buoys (as is the case for the laid moorings). In the village there is a small grocery shop and several restaurants.

U. Kosiraca

U. Kosiraca/wiki/Ist#U._Kosiraca
Harbour icon U. Kosiraca [[Ist#U. Kosiraca|U. Kosiraca]] 44°16.680'N, 014°45.605'E

The bay of U. Kosiraca on the NW side of the island is smaller and narrower than U. Siroka and less well equipped to receive visiting yachts. However, it is much better sheltered if there are strong S winds in the forecast. Anchor as far in to the head of the bay as your draft permits in depths of 3.0 - 10.0 metres and take line ashore if possible to one of the bollards along the shoreline. The holding is moderate to good in sand and weed. Shelter is good in all but N and NW winds. The numerous jetties further in to the inlet are occupied by local boats.

Alernatively, berth alongside on the short ferry jetty on the W side of the anchorage if there is not a ferry due. Depths here are 5.0 - 6.0 metres. It is also possible to free anchor to the W of this jetty in 6.0 - 8.0 metres, but the holding is reportedly suspect.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

Prolaz Zapuntel

Prolaz Zapuntel/wiki/Ist#Prolaz_Zapuntel
Anchorage icon Prolaz Zapuntel [[Ist#Prolaz Zapuntel|Prolaz Zapuntel]] 44°15.835'N, 014°47.579'E
Prolaz Zapuntel is the channel between Ist Island and its near neighbour just 250 metres to the SE at its narrowest point. Tides can run relatively strongly through the channel, but there is a good anchorage in the bay that cuts into the SE end of Ist Island, where depths are 4.0 - 8.0 metres. In the approach from W, note that there is a rocky shelf between the tiny islet of Skrivelica and the shore and therefore a yacht should not pass between them. The anchorage is supplied with mooring buoys (a charge is made) or, if they are all taken, it is possible to free anchor clear of the buoys at the head of the bay, draft permitting. The holding is good in sand and mud. Shelter in the anchorage is good in all but strong E winds, when it becomes uncomfortable but not untenable.

Facilities

Water

U. Siroka Water on both jetties

Electricity

U. Siroka Electricity on both jetties

Toilets

None.

Showers

None.

Laundry

None.

Garbage

?

Supplies

Fuel

No fuel.

Cooking gas

None.

Chandlers

None.

Services

Repairs

None.

Internet

N/A (Not Available).

Mobile connectivity

Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS in the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?

Vehicle Rentals

None.

Provisioning

U. Siroka Grocery store and bakery in Ist Town

Transportation

Ferries to mainland and adjacent islands.

Eating out

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the island.

Places to Visit

Ist is a peaceful spot and its main harbour of U. Siroka is popular during the season with visiting yacht crews. Ashore there is little to do but appreciate the quiet charm of the village on the island or stroll its numerous pathways. There are several quiet coves around the island for swimming if the water temperature permits.

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

References & Publications

See Croatia.

Comments

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