July (6-9) to 16 (crew pending)

Leg 1: Split to Vodice, Croatia

The summer begins with a voyage up the coast of Croatia from Geja’s home base near Split. The beautiful peninsula town of Primosten will be among the first stops before continuing on to Sibenik and its famous cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will then sail up the Krka River to the town of Skradin and its famous Krka National Park, where we will visit the famous waterfalls. The week ends in Vodice, a modest coastal town with an impressive party vibe. As this is the first leg of the summer, arrive anytime between July 6 and 9.

Transit options: Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD), Dubrovnik (DBV) airports

July 17 to 23 (crew pending)

Leg 2: Vodice to Zadar, Croatia

This leg focuses more on the natural beauty of Croatia’s coast, in particular the Kornati Islands, yet another national park. The Kornati’s have a distinctive moonscape appearance, having been deforested ages ago by Venetians and shepherds. The lack of vegetation allows for some excellent hiking. Just to the north is another marine park, Telašćica, where another day will be spent exploring its stunning terrain. The leg ends in Zadar, a prominent coastal town worthy of exploration.

Transit options: Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD), Rijeka (RJK) airports

July 24 to 30 (available)

Leg 3: Zadar to Rab, Croatia

For a week of extremes, check out this leg. Starting from Zadar, we will navigate towards the infamous Velebit Channel, where 1700m mountains descend seemingly straight down into the Adriatic Sea. This drop can sometimes bring the most vicious of the bora wind, strong enough to strip all vegetation and soil from the opposite side of the channel. The barren landscape and towering mountains are stunning. Tucked into a bay on the island of Pag is Zrce, Croatia’s answer to Ibiza. Massive beachside dance venues operate from 10am to 6am every day, featuring the world’s top DJ’s. Weather-permitting we will anchor Geja just in front of the action. Further north we will visit the dramatic fjord-like anchorage at Zavratnica and snorkel over its World War II wreck. Finally we will reach Rab Town, a bustling tourist hub with some party potential.

Transit options: Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD), Rijeka (RJK) airports

July 31 to August 6 (available)

Leg 4: Rab, Croatia to Rimini, Italy

No summer sailing adventure is complete without and overnight sail, and a visit to fabulous Italy. From Rab we sail west, visiting picturesque harbors such as Mali Losinj before embarking on a 20-hour sail to Ravenna, Italy. Ravenna is known for its fifth-century mosaics and an astounding eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Near the marina is also the very lively Marina Bay beach club. Another stop is scheduled for cozy Cesenautico before reaching the beach town of Rimini, one of Europe’s original summer party destinations. Fittingly, the leg ends on the captain’s birthday, and there will be a celebration.

Transit options: Rimini (RMI) airport

August 7 to 13 (available)

Leg 5: Rimini, Italy to Vodice, Croatia

After a brief stay in Italy, this leg brings Geja back across the Adriatic to Croatia. From Rimini, we sail south, making another stop or two along Italy’s historic east coast. This is peak season for Italian tourists, so the place will be hopping. Returning to Croatia involves a 22-hour overnight sail, depositing us in the stunning Kornati National Park, a dense archipelago of deforested islands. The leg wraps up in Vodice, a lively holiday town with rather good nightlife.

Transit options: Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD), Dubrovnik (DBV) airports

August 14 to 20 (one spot taken)

Leg 6: Vodice to Split, Croatia

For the home stretch, we’ll enjoy an easy downwind sail back to Split. Postcard-perfect Primosten will be visited, and possibly its famous nightclub, Aurora. No Adriatic journey is complete without a stop in Hvar and the beautiful Pakleni Islands, so a slight detour to the southeast may be taken. The leg, and the summer voyage, end with a big Saturday night out in Split, a buzzing university town.

Transit options: Split (SPU), Zadar (ZAD), Dubrovnik (DBV) airports

The 2011 Route

Below is the proposed route, broken up into individual legs with transit options at each end. Weather, mechanical issues, and hangovers may affect the schedule, though the skipper has a near-perfect record so far in keeping with the dates. Legs can be modified somewhat to accommodate flight schedules. Consider joining for consecutive one-week legs if possible.

Typically we are a total of three people aboard. If friends share the front cabin, we can be four people.

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The route is Version 1.0. Last updated May 6, 2011.