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WorldMediterraneanItalyVenice to TriesteSistiana
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Sistiana harbour from the SW

The natural harbour of Sistiana is situated three miles ESE of the port of Monfalcone and six miles NW of the small harbour of Grignano on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Lying two kilometers by road from the town of Sistiana on the hill above, the harbour has a total of 600 berths for smaller yachts of up to 10 metres in depths of 3.0 - 4.5 metres.


British Admiralty


During the summer months, the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal sea breezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “Scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see Cruiser's Nets


The conspicuous castle of Duino on a headland around a mile W of the harbour is a good landmark in the approach to Sistiana. The harbour is protected by two breakwaters enclosing the half-moon shaped natural bay. Give the ends of the breakwaters a clearance of at least 15 metres on entry. Depths in the harbour range from 2.0 metres inshore to 6.0 metres in the centre. The shelter is good in most conditions, although strong southerlies send in a potentially dangerous swell.


Inside the harbour yachts berth on a series of ten long pontoons extending out from the quays along the E side of the harbour. The pontoons are managed by four different yacht clubs and a visiting yacht may find a berth here if a member is away. The pontoons have laid moorings tailed to buoys. Otherwise, yachts in transit moor to the quay immediately E of the slipway, where there are some laid moorings tailed to buoys. Depths here are 3.0 - 3.5 metres. Maximum length of yacht accommodated is reported as 10 metres (update needed).

The attractive setting of Sistiana Harbour
Yacht moorings in Sistiana Harbour

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Ther are several yacht clubs operating inside the harbour.


It is possible to anchor with care on the W side of the harbour in depths of 3.0 - 3.5 metres. The holding, however, is poor in sand and anchoring should not be attempted in unsettled weather. However, according to information from Coastguard and local Police anchoring within the breakwaters is strictly prohibited, so perhaps this should only be contemplated in an emergency!


Water Water hose on the quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins around the harbour
Fuel No fuel station
Bottled gas N/A
Chandlers None
Repairs Slipway. Mobile crane (10 T). Some hard standing
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


There are provisions shops in the town of Sistiana, two kilometres up the hill.

Eating out

A couple of bar/restaurants by the harbour. More choice in the town.



There is little of tourism interest in Sistiana, although the area itself is quite green and attractive.

Cruiser’s Friends

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)



See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible)--Athene of Lymington 17:51, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

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