7 Day Journey
Set sail with legendary swim coach Mia Russel on an adventure into Croatia's densest archipelago of wilderness islands. Mia guides open water swimming all over the world can't get enough of Croatia for its crystal clear Adriatic waters. Your home for the week is a modern catamaran sailboat with comfortable accommodations and a Sailing Collective captain and chef on hand to make this journey an experience of a lifetime. Small group size means that daily swims are tailored to your abilities and you'll benefit from the safety of having a Coach and crew nearby at all times. The luxury of an onboard chef makes this a truly relaxing adventure even as you swim to heart's content each day.
Double occupancy cabins available from $5,400
Single occupancy cabins available from $3,400
Included in the total trip cost:
• Private captain, chef, and swim coach
• Travel support to help customize and guide your journey
• Daily swimming experiences personalized and supervised by the swim coach who will be nearby at all times in the safety boat
• Delicious family style meals with seven breakfasts, six lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chefs
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, local taxes, park fees, etc.
• And of course unabashed adventure and epic memories!
Convinced she could swim before she could walk, Mia has been swimming competitively since the age of five. Her love of the water, be it pool, lake or sea, is inordinate. A national Masters swimmer, she regularly competes in the pool and at various open water events. Mia has worked as an adventure holiday swim guide for 11 years, guiding and swimming in some of the world’s most beautiful places. She has also has 20 years of experience as a swim coach. Currently, she is the head swim coach at a private school in Cape Town and is a freelance journalist when she is not swimming or coaching. Mia is also an avid ocean-lover and conservationist and takes part in marine conservation projects around the world. Her ethos is, “Life is better in the water.”
We sail from Zadar into the National Park Kornati region known for its gorgeous wilderness coastline and hundreds of anchorages to spend the night. Sail and Swim each day then spend each night onboard in a new beautiful location.
Zadar airport is less than a 30 minute drive to the marina. Taxi's are availble at the airport. Your other option is flying into Split, then making the two hour journey to Zadar.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
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.
Included in provisioning package: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Light Snacks, Water, Coffee & Tea
Not included in provisioning package: Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Recommended $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits.
Additional food and beverages including alcohol.
All expenses on shore including meals and drinks.
Flights and transportation to and from the marina location.
Tipping captain and crew is welcomed, 10-15% is customary in the industry
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.
printouts of important info such as meeting details and travel documents
camera - dry bag or case for your phone and camera is highly recommended
hat / sunglasses / sunscreen
light rain coat / wind jacket
boat shoes or non-slip shoes
shoes you don’t mind getting wet such as flip flops
books / travel books
any special dietary foods
beach towel (1 towel is provided with linens)
Zadar is the oldest continuously-inhabited Croatian city and traces its earliest evidence of human life from the late Stone Age. Now a modern haven of Adriatic culture Zadar plays host to "sea organ" an experimental musical instrument architectural sound art object, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps on the city's historic waterfront. Zadar is a Unesco World Heritage site for its urban structure that was built in Roman times; during the time of Julius Caesar and Emperor Augustus and today has been called "Croatia's new capital of cool" by The Guardian.
Over 22 Miles from end to end with 89 islands, some large, some small, in a sea area of about 320 square kilometers (124 sq mi), the Kornati are the densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. A protected park since 1980 this land has only a sparse scattering of traditional summer cottages for local fishermen and their families that are grandfathered to stay, Roman era ruins here suggest that this has been known as a summer paradise since the 6th century AD.
The largest uninhabited island in Croatia has modern marina facilities and a few restaurants to choose from that cater to passing sailors. A perfect stopover to reprovision and go for a hike in the wilderness.
The Lagoon 42 is the sublime successor to the best selling 421.Italian design legends Nauta have created stunning curved wood finishes which deliver supreme elegance and outstanding functionality. Defined by sleek curves and a ground breaking single level cockpit… this boat offers limitless possibilities for an enviable on water lifestyle.
Your swim coach will be alongside in a safety boat as you swim.
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