As every year on the last weekend of September, while marinas start to fill with first sailing yachts returned from long touristic season it is time for a first big gathering of sails. The same will happen again this year, approximately 300 sailing enthusiasts will set their sails in front of the Split city port and start 84th regatta Mrduja.
Race was named after the small, barely noticeable islet called Mrduja between islands of Brač and Šolta, only 11 miles from Split harbour, right in the middle of Splitska vrata (Chanel Split Gate) .
Story about regatta Mrduja starts during 1920s when sailing enthusiast and member of one of the most prominent Split noble families count Toni Pavlović organized first regatta Mrduja in history. In first regatta, only seven boats showed up on a starting line, and first winner was count Toni himself. Award was spectacular, a razor with original Gillette razors. Decade by decade, regatta Mrduja has grown into a 300 plus boats regatta. Only Trieste’s Barcolana is bigger in the Adriatic.
Some of participants are real professional crews, some will sail just for fun, but all of them will be proud in the end to be part of this unique celebration of sailing. One of the things that make this race so great is that really anyone with basic sailing skills can participate on its 22 miles long route. All you need is a boat, bunch of friends, some food and wine, and wind. Here is this weekend’s forecast.
If you are not able to participate, take your place on Sustipan and enjoy in a beautiful sight of few hundred sails. For now enjoy in few photosfrom last year regatta, taken by Nikola Belancic :
For more info about the regatta, taking your place under the sail or you need a crew for cheering from a shore let us know:
Direct: +385 97 667 7615
You are invited !