October 5, 2020 - Instead of announcing the forthcoming European Laser Under-21 Championship, which was to be held from October 24-31 in Trašte Bay's waters, YC Delfin announced today that, due to the complicated epidemiological situation in Montenegro and throughout Europe, the competition is postponed until next year. The decision was made in communication with its organizational partner - Luštica Development, and the European sailing Federation for the Laser class- EURILCA, concluding that it is the smartest and safest decision for all concerned.
The championship was initially planned for June but was postponed until the end of October due to the first wave of the epidemic. The club's management has been trying for months to secure the consent from the Government of Montenegro, i.e. the National Coordination Body to hold the competition. Interestingly, and significantly, the Government gave its permission on Friday, October 2. After, EURILCA, Delfin and Luštica Development jointly concluded that holding the competition in current conditions represents a significant health and organizational risk. Previously, 185 competitors and their technical staff from 37 countries had announced their arrival at the championship in Tivat, exceeding the recommendations of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases. It is important to emphasize that several other European competitions organized by EURILCA have been previously canceled, the last of them being the Laser Radial class championship in Hyeres, France.
YC Delfin has won support with excellent results at the international level and cooperation with the European Sailing Federation. That leaves the door open for Tivat and the country as a whole. The club's management expects that the General Assembly of EURILCA, scheduled for November 28 and 29, will decide upon Tivat as host for the European Laser Class Championship 2021.
"This leaves local and national sports institutions time to try to understand how big and important the event is for Montenegro, and to show greater interest and readiness to help in the organization." First of all, in financial terms. Neither the Municipality of Tivat, nor the Ministry of Sports, nor the Olympic Federation of Montenegro has planned any championship funds. Delfin regularly informed them about the plans, starting from December last year," reads the announcement by YC Delfin.
At the aforementioned General Annual Assembly of EURILCA, Delfin will also compete to host the regatta of the European Senior Championship in the Laser class for 2023.
Sailing is not only a sport; it is also a way of life and a potent form of special interest tourism. According to the analyzes carried out by the city of Split, the sailing championship gathering around 200 participants and provides the destination with a direct income of more than 500 thousand euros. So, sailing is also a major opportunity for development; if we have the wisdom to use it, this is why we are appealing to the authorities to inform themselves and take responsibility so that we do not miss the chance to present our country and its potential in the best way possible.
YC Delfin has formed a multidisciplinary professional team, which remains united with the mission to use the postponement of the European Championship in Tivat to permanently put Tivat and Montenegro on the map of quality sailing destinations in 2021, in cooperation with its partner - the company Lustica Development.
October 3, 2020 - Although kitesurfing primarily conjures up images of long, sandy beaches, with more lovers of adrenaline gathering every year to enjoy the sport, the idea of exploring the winds of Boka is gaining traction with an increasing number of kite surfers from Montenegro. And waiting for them is an informal club of lovers of adrenaline sports at sea - Boka Surfing.
Autumn with its changeable weather, rain, and squalls of winds, isn't generally cause for happiness, especially in Boka. However, there are those among us who can hardly wait for the playful winds to show what they're made of.
When we talk about sailing, alongside the Sailing Club Delfin, Tivat has another serious, although primarily family setup - Sailing Club TriBelan, which was started and equipped by a Tivat sailor who chased the wind across the Mediterranean - Miho Belan. In addition to catamarans, sailors from this family are passionate about extreme sailing. Ilija was the standout figure until recently, out in almost every south weather storm along the Tivat shores, and the sometimes unforgiving strait of Verige. However, in recent years he has been joined at sea by the next generation - Toni, who has gone a step further searching for adrenaline, by discovering kitesurfing.
Boka Surfing Team at Belani Beach, Tivat, Source: Facebook
"I have been sailing since childhood. First through the Sailing Club Delfin and sailing in the Optimist and Laser classes. Then came the catamarans, then windsurfing. And, of course, cruising. But when I discovered kite surfing, I found a sport that combines sailing and a few more skills, and offers a lot of excitement and enjoyment," explains Toni.
With his uncle Ilija and friends - brothers Frano and Miloš Tripović, they started an informal club of surfing fans - Boka Surfing. Trying to reconcile two sports that are traditional rivals - windsurfing and kitesurfing - and physically and technically even more demanding.
"Both sports are adrenaline-filled and require physical fitness and skill. Kite implies different elements - you have to know how to board, know how to sail, and be ready for sudden wind changes. It is exciting, especially here in Boka, where the winds often change, and the coast is much more interesting than in our popular kite destination - Ulcinj beach, where the winds are much more predictable. That is why our friends from Ulcinj like to come to us."
Tony explains that destinations like Boka are interesting primarily for experienced kiters because the changes in wind conditions are very dynamic and require great skill. Also, in comparison with destinations such as Velika plaža in Ulcinj, inexperience here can be costly due to the coast's configuration. In that sense, Ponta Seljanova beach in Tivat is the only suitable spot for takeoff in the whole of Boka, so the conditions are not right for training future kiters. However, there is a solution for that as well, Tony explains. It is not a new practice to use ships to lift kites, thus avoiding the dangers of the coast.
Boka Surfing Team at Sveta Nedjela Cape, Source: Facebook
Boka Surfing is an association of enthusiasts for now, but in the future, it could become another popular niche tourist attraction. When it comes to kite surfing, we are talking about a sport whose popularity is growing from year to year. Maybe our bay will not be a destination like Ulcinj. Yet its specific aerodynamics and thermals can attract lovers of adrenaline sports like Toni, who used to travel to neighboring Croatia to experience new fields until discovering Boka's potential.
September 18, 2020 - Organized by the Sports and Fishing Club Galeb from Tivat, on Sunday, September 20, the State Championship in Spearfishing will be held, which will gather about 15 most promising competitors from all Montenegrin clubs.
The sports part of the competition will be held on the open sea, from Dobreč Bay to Zagorski Pijesak beach in Donji Grbalj. At the same time, the host of the spearfishing championship is the Ribarsko Selo restaurant in Žanjic Bay.
Underwater fishers from six Montenegrin clubs will take part in the competition. In addition to the hosts, there will be divers from Sports and Fishing Club Deep Blue from Podgorica, Tuna from Budva, Mamula Herceg Novi, Sports and Fishing Club Neptun Ulcinj and Free Divers Bar. They go out to sea with an escort, each in their boat. From 9 to 12.30, when the competition is planned to end, the competitors will dive for their catch up to 200 times. According to the president of Sports and Fishing Club Galeb, Nikša Miljanić, the average depth at which the competitors will hunt is about 20 meters. On this occasion, they will dominantly apply the so-called technique "on the hole," going back to catch the fish hidden in the holes on the sea bottom.
Although the Tivat club organizes the spearfishing championship, it was decided not to dive in the waters of the bay.
"The largest part of the Boka Kotorska submarine is a protected zone in which underwater activities are not allowed. We want to promote a responsible attitude towards nature and our beautiful bay, which is why we decided to hold the spearfishing championship on the high seas. "
Nikša dives for breath and at depths greater than 40 meters. He has been practising this demanding sport since his earliest childhood, thanks to older family members who introduced him to spearfishing very early on. For the last 15 years, he is very active sportsman in spearfishing, in the previous two years trying to help the development of this sport in Tivat by organizing and promoting a local club.
One of the goals of this competition is to contribute to the formation of the Montenegrin Association for Underwater Sport Fishing, which would enable our competitors to perform at international competitions defending the colours of their country. For now, our competitors go to cups and championships individually, representing only the names of their clubs.
Until the formation of such an association, underwater fishers represent the section of the Association for Sport Fishing, so a delegate, Vladimir Vukovic, is coming to the State Championship. Miljanic points out the support of the Sports and Fishing Club Pagar from Tivat, whose president, Tonci Jandric, will judge Sunday's competition.
"This is another successful Tivat story, for which I must thank our faithful friends from Pagar. But also to local people in the business. Besides Ribarsko Selo, with us are the tavern Mala Barka, Montefish, UNA Montenegro, Majestic. But even many other individuals who helped us get the opportunity to host our colleagues from other Montenegrin clubs, "says Nikša Miljanić, President of Sports and Fishing Club Galeb from Tivat.
August 15, 2020 - Montenegrin sailor Nikola Golubović, a member of the Tivat YC Delfin, will be at the starting line of the first regatta of the European Sailing Championship Laser 4.7 class tomorrow at noon in the Portuguese city of Vilamoura.
Nikola and his coach Ilko Klakor arrived safely in Portugal the day before yesterday on a flight from Dubrovnik, after gathering all the documentation necessary for travel to EU countries. Stefan Andjelic and Danilo Joncic will compete at the Croatian Championship for the Laser Radial class in Split, supported by Ilija Markovic, an older club friend.
The championship in Split, organized by JK Mornar, is taking place until Sunday, August 16. Sunday is the starting day of the European competition in Vilamoura, which lasts until August 21.
More than 200 sailors will sail two regattas a day for the next seven days. Golubović's goal is to enter the golden group after the qualifications, in which the best sailors compete for medal positions. Golubović has traveled to the European Championships through the EurILCA Solidarity program. His participation fee was paid and he was able to work with the Portuguese coach Goncalo Carvalho, who won a bronze medal at the Olympics, a world champion title, and four European vice-champion titles.
Until the last moment, travel planning was full of uncertainties, considering that the conditions of movement for citizens of Montenegro has changed on a daily basis concerning both its own and Europe's epidemiological situation. Great help in safe participation and entry into Portugal was provided by the umbrella European laser federation, EurILCA, and organizer Vilamoura Sailing and Nuno Reis, CEO of the championship and the Portuguese Embassy in Belgrade, which informed JK Delfin about travel opportunities and conditions. In the absence of financial resources, crucial support was provided by the passionate sailor Michael Neundlinger, an Austrian with currently staying in Tivat, who was determined to help Nikola on this occasion by providing a plane ticket.
Golubovic is the Balkans' current champion in the Laser 4.7 class, also the undefeated national champion. He crowned the previous season with the absolute championship title at the EuropaCup competition organized by EurILCA and gold at the Grand Prix of the Sailors in Split.