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Jabuka – Croatian Offshore Classic

Tomorrow we are going to Vodice, Croatia for 12th edition of most popular Croatian Offshore race, Jabuka. Jabuka (apple) is a remote mysterious island of volcanic origin. It is really impressive as it is in the middle of nowhere but still it rises 96m above sea level and the depth around it is around 200m. One more interesting thing about the island, especially to sailors is that when near the island compass just gets crazy. So the race starts in Vodice and goes around Jabuka and back with few more waypoints. Last year we joined the race with Seascape 27, that is with 4 SSC 27s, amazing, small and crazy fast offshore boats.

This was the first time 4 SSS 27 joined one race, actually the idea was to start a SSC 27 class. We organized the “clinic” for the owners, meaning we gathered few days before the race started in Tribunj, small, beautiful fishing village near Vodice. During the day we trained on the water and in the afternoon we had some guests talking about different aspects of the race.

Andraž Mihelin, former Mini sailor (Mini is a 6.5m sailing boat that is meant to be sailed solo across the Atlantic in a Mini Transat) and founder of SeaScape talked about Offshore sailing and the boat.

Šime Stipaničev, is another Mini sailor, who lives in Tribunj and is a local expert. He of course covered strategy for the race as well as the preparation of the boat for such a race.

Jure Jerman is a Slovenian Meteorologist, who is really famous in sailing world. He was and still is  a meteo guy for some of the best Ocean Sailors, helping them with routing.

The clinic was a success and this year some 8 or 9 SeaScapes 27 will join the race.

Check the movie about last year’s clinic and follow our blog for this year’s update on Jabuka Regatta.

Uroš