Nicole and Friends
ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Your journey will be crewed by a captain and chef who are not only trained professionals but explorers at heart. With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics Sailing Collective crew members offer a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your crew will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests, and desired activities.
The Collective Package Includes:
• Captain and Chef
• Travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Onboard family style meals with 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And of course 7 days unabashed adventure and epic memories...
50% due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
Born and raised in Key West, FL, Capt. Lilly has lived her life surrounded by saltwater. With over 20 years of boating experience, Lilly learned to operate her own boat - navigating it through the narrow channels and over the shallow waters of the Florida Keys backcountry years before she could drive a car. At 15 she sailed from Key West to Boston. Lilly is an avid angler and free diver, loves to surf, hike, and explore the many gifts Hawaii has to offer. In her lifetime of experience on the water Lilly has matured into a skilled boat handler with an emphasis on the safety of her crew and passengers, and a gift for sharing her love of the ocean. After graduating from the University of Florida, Lilly moved aboard a 125-ft gaff-rigged schooner that she crewed seasonally from Key West to Boston. In the Caribbean, Lilly worked with a fleet of boats including large catamarans and schooners. She has managed the fractional ownership business SailTime and the American Sailing Association School in Virginia Beach, where she maintained, operated, and taught sailing aboard a fleet of boats. She currently holds a 100-ton GRT Master Captains License with Sail and Tow endorsements and her teaching certification through the American Sailing Association.
Despite my tiny frame, I am an eater and food is always on my mind! I love every element of the food experience, from shopping the finest the farmers market has to provide to the preparation of an exquisite meal. A hostess at heart, it is the sensual and intimate aspect of dining that remains most important to me. I always keep in mind that overall indulgence is exemplified through flawless service and genuine hospitality. I believe that food has the capacity to fascinate and surprise, and I am not one to resist sharing my discoveries with any innocent bystander who has a set of ears, an open mind, and an empty stomach. biglittlenyc.com/flannery IG: flannerykk
Dalmatian Islands in Croatia are among the most famous in the Mediterranean region. Wild, rugged, and mostly uninhabited, many are protected as national parkland and offer a varied and diverse cruising ground for a sailing vacation. The sailing is splendid, encompassing long and short passages to charming anchorages amid rocky islets, ancient villages steeped in history, and translucent waters. Your journey will center around the more than 30 islands off the central Dalmatian Coast near the city of Split, including lovely Solta, Hvar, Vis, and Brac. The Kornati National Park lies to the north, with a mostly barren landscape. So many small and large islands are in the park it has been likened to a maze of unparalleled natural beauty. Pristine beaches, lively nightlife, fine cuisine, secluded coves, fascinating historic sites, and an unspoiled natural setting will make this an unforgettable sailing adventure. Blissful sailing, amazing scenery, fantastic local foods, what else could you ask for?
Charter Company: FreeWave
Meeting time at the marina is at 9 am on Sunday September 2nd. Your Sailing Collective crew will notify you of the slip number and location the day before. Each Sailing Collective sailboat dons our banner with logo where your captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, your captain will give you a chart briefing and tutorial and then you'll depart for your first departure.
Upon arrival, you will return back to port on Friday night or Saturday morning determined by the weather conditions. Disembarkment is at 9 am the final Saturday of the journey.
The closest airport to the marinas in Split is the Split International Airport, 15 - 30 minute taxi from all marinas. Many other flights direct to Zagreb from all around Europe and the US.
Taxis are widely available from the Split Airport to downtown Split and to each marina location. Please note that taxis are priced by ride and can be expensive depending on the number of people you are traveling with, a solo travel might want to look into the Airport Bus where a group may be more interested in a van or taxi.
Buses run regularly from the Airport to downtown Split and all the marina locations. Ask the information booth at the Split airport if you have questions on which bus to take.
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Croatia’s climate is ideal for a sailing vacation. With blue skies, consistent warm weather and perfect sailing conditions, Croatia has long been a popular sailing destination with accommodating weather.
Water temperatures average 70 F to 80 F depending on the time of the season. Winds are generally light and variable in the mornings, with afternoon breezes and calm nights. Early and late in the season, southerly and south-easterly winds are variable. Unexpected inclement weather can always occur so please pack accordingly.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat.Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.Dating back to the 3rd century, Trogir was founded by Greeks. Wandering the bustling narrow passageways paved in stone it's easy to see that some things have not changed much in Trogir in the last 2000 years. The Kamerlengo castle provides an impressive backdrop to the start of our journey as we sail past it's ramparts into a week of exploration.
Visit Maslinica, a port town of just two hundred people that grows olives in groves reaching up the hillsides. Maslinica is an old fishing village with a handful of cafes and shops and a modern marina. Spend time wandering the hillside amongst grazing livestock in ancient olive groves or relax on the seawall with a drink. The pace of life here is slow and steady. With a luxury marina with excellent facilities and a spa at the marina hotel, this location is the perfect location.
Komiza made a name for itself as a fishing village but the island of Vis where it sits has a long tradition of making wine. As you can imagine from this combination komiza is an excellent place to sit down for an unforgettable dinner. The traditional way of cooking seafood is over an open grill in the middle of the restaurant and you won't be disappointed with the results. Komiza is located in a deep bay on the western side of the island Vis below the 600 meter high mountain Hum. It is a typical Mediterranean village, which attracts the tourists with beautiful beaches and with narrow roads and houses squeezed together around the harbor.
Hvar has long been a center for culture and trade in the Adriatic. As you wander Hvar town you'll notice an infrastructure of hospitality that stems from the many centuries of travelers and tradespeople that have frequented this port town; the food is good, the people are friendly, the markets are bustling. For some extra adventure you can hike uphill to the Spanish fortress or rent a convertible and drive the winding mountains roads of the island to see where the most fragrant lavender in the world is grown and visit the picturesque village of Stari Grad.
With pebble beaches and pirate coves Brac is a large island covered in rolling hills with pine and fig trees. Clear water laps at the shores of Brac and you'll appreciate the serenity of it all. Milna is one of those typical Mediterranean fishing villages they don't make anymore. Lying on the west coast of Brac Island and 20km southwest of Supetar, the harbor of Milna is drop-dead gorgeous as it digs into the island like a spoon. To each side of the harbor stretch sand and pebble beaches including the cove of Vlaska.
Outstanding performance and innovative design. The Hanse 505 has been named boat of the year in a number of countries. With beautiful teak decks and refined, comfortable interiors, the 505 wins our award as well!
Explore photos from our past journeys