Sailing Club of Rijeka SCOR and Porto Montenegro Yacht Club are organizing the sixth Thousand Islands Race from 20 - 30 September 2018. The race that runs among more than 1000 Adriatic islands is what we like to call the best offshore course that nature may design, announced organizers on the regatta official website. Seventeen crews have confirmed participation in this year’s race, among them only one sail under the Montenegrin flag, with skipper Jeremija Kurbanovic at the helm from YC Delfin Tivat.
There are two legs and participating yachts can choose to race leg 1 only, leg 2 only or both. The first leg starts on Sunday, September 23rd in front of the historic Rijeka harbor in Croatia. The course is set to leave islands Unija, Susak, Premuda, Dugi Otok, Kornat, Vis, Lastovo and Sv. Andrija on the starboard and finish in front of the Porto Montenegro marina in Tivat, Montenegro. Along the distance of about 280 miles, competitors await a great challenge of navigating among the many islands and channels of the Croatian coast and fascinating Boka bay. Those crews deciding to sail both regatta legs will sail the Adriatic Sea in almost a full longitude twice in just seven days.
Porto Montenegro is sponsoring the participation of the Montenegrin crew from YC Delfin, Tivat. The team is chartering the Grand Soleil 40 Stribor. For the skipper, this is going to be the fifth time participating in the Thousand Islands Regatta.
Before the start of the second stage, on Wednesday, September 26th, in the waters of Boka Kotorska, is an ideal opportunity for all local sailors to compete in the domestic aquatorium with international sailors and is a great presentation of the bay for visiting sailors. For shore spectators, this is going to be another great opportunity to enjoy the unique Bokelian landscape with sails coloring the scenery.
After the prize giving party on Wednesday, September 26th, the fleet races back to Rijeka on the same course, starting on Thursday, September 27th followed by the prize giving scheduled for Saturday, September 30th in Rijeka.
The Thousand Islands Race is an outstanding sailing experience in addition with its social events in Rijeka and the Porto Montenegro Marina.
Records for both legs were set in 2015 by Hungarian Wild Joe, recording 27h 25m 5s with an average speed of 10.14 kt for Leg 1. For Leg 2, the best time was 32h 45s with speed of 8.86 kt.