Sumartin

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Sumartin
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Sumartin harbour from S

The town and small harbour of Sumartin are situated at the SE end of the island of Brac in Croatia, six miles W of the mainland port of Makarska, with which it is linked by daily ferries. Sumartin is a relatively quiet spot in comparison with the bustle of its neighbour 10 miles to the W, Bol. Predominantly a fishing and ferry harbour, it is now slightly more yacht-friendly with the completion of a new quay on the N side of the fishing harbour. Shelter in the harbour is good except in strong S winds, from which there is little protection.

Charts

British Admiralty
2712
1574
Croatian charts
MK18
MK19
MK20
Imray
M26 (Split to Dubrovnik)

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.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The immediate approach to Sumartin has no dangers, although the headland to the E of the bay, Rt. Sumartin (the one with the conspicuous white light structure on it) should not be approached too close as there is a rocky reef extending some 75 metres off it. On entering the bay, it divides into E and W inlets. The harbour and the town are in the E inlet; the W inlet contains the fuel jetty and an anchorage. Depths in the harbour entrance are 15-18 metres and on the quay 3.0 metres.

Entrance

Split is the nearest all-year round port of entry. During the summer, Hvar, Vis and, if arriving from N, Primosten on the mainland are also ports of entry.

Berthing

Sumartin inner harbour looking S over fishing boat harbour
Yacht on new quay in Sumartin fishing boat harbour

The harbour has an outer, fishing boat harbour and an inner harbour which is occupied by small craft moorings. The breakwater dividing the two was formerly a rubble breakwater but has now been quayed and mooring bollards installed (although rather widely spaced). A yacht can go alongside here in depths of 3.0 metres or, at busy periods, anchor moor bows or stern-to towards the end. Note that the quay on the outer breakwater to the S is used by the ferries. In bad weather, the harbour is usually full of fishing boats, so Sumartin is not a guaranteed port of refuge unless you fancy riding out a gale alongside a fishing boat. Shelter in the harbour is good in all but strong S winds, which send in a dangerous swell.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

The W inlet in the bay, where the fuel jetty is located, is a potentially useful anchorage, although depths are great until quite far in, suddenly shelving from over 15 metres to around 3.0 - 4.0 towards the fuel jetty. Anchor wherever you can find suitable depths, taking a line ashore if necessary. Holding is good in sand and weed. Better anchorages, except in S or SE winds, can be found at U. Studena 1.5 miles W or U. Rasotica two miles NNE.

Yacht Repairs and Services

None.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel berth on jetty on W side of W inlet (0700 - 1900). Depths of 3.0 metres alongside. Water and electricity points on new quay.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

Sumartin village is attractively located

Sumartin village is in an impressive setting, cradled between two mountain ridges and overlooked by the 1762 metre high peak of Sveti Jure on the mainland. The village is close to some of the main quarries where the famous white Brac stone is mined. The nearby Franciscan Monastery, built in 1747, has an interesting museum with some early Venetian maps and charts and paintings.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Small provisions shop in the village
  • Butcher

Eateries

Several restaurants and café/bar ashore.

Internet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

None.

Garbage Disposal

Near the harbour.

Transport

  • Twice daily ferries to Makarska on mainland.
  • Buses to Supetar and other local destinations

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.

Comments

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