Following the success of 4th edition (please read Press Release, Martin Joehr report and testimonies below), our Croatian friends just published the Notice of Race of 2019 Murter Challenge. One more “Must Sail” Raid event.
Press Release on 4th MURTER CHALLENGE 24.5 – 27.5
Blitvenica Raid 2018
On 4th edition of this more and more popular sailing format 12 teams participated from Austria, Switzerland, Czech, Hungary and 7 local crews. It was nice to see that all the teams who came on 3rd edition returned this year again, and even brought some new faces. Some clever guys came a week early to explore Croatian seaside beauties, train and to relax. Weather was perfect. This year news was introducing of the interim cup Murter Challenge Trophy, a legacy to fight for in the years to come. It is no longer in the Croatian hands, so we have a challenge of our own to bring it back. Event was dominated by AUT 3 (B. Drier –K. Drier) with bullets on every race, conditions suited them perfectly, and they know how to sail their Nacra MKII fast. With 11pts behind on the second place Joehr-Giger SUI 797 from Switzerland again found their spot. Last year winners Andric-Lerman (CRO 002) were second after 2 days, but with a poor performance on the 3rd day ended up 5th overall. CRO 001 Curko – Brne used the last day clever and climbed on the podium as third overall. After the races we had a barbeque in the DSR Adria Sport base, performed by chefs from one of the best Croatian grill restaurant R&B Food, famous for its ribs, followed by a prize giving ceremony.
Date for the 5th Murter Challenge is already published (23rd May-26th May 2019) and we can’t wait to tell you more about challenges we have prepared for the next year edition.
2018 Review by Martin Joehr:
“Marvellous 4th Murter challenge 2018: Sailing thru a lightblue flat sea towards the starting line in front of the small island Prisnjak on the nortwest end of Murter. Wind is picking upand the first race starts towards tiny island Gnalic tobe left on starbord, then smoking 10 nm. downwind in a picturesque scenery to round the buoy in front of the small town Pirovac, last upwind leg to the finish at the lighthouse Rat Tisnjanski. Two more up and down races have been sailed in the Croatien F18 playground in perfectly flat water and 10-16 kn. of wind.
On the second day the promised leg to Blitvenica island took place in super weather and wind conditions. A short upwind course after the start again at Prisnjak,rounding Visovac island on port then sailing thru the gate Plic Cavlin and Cavlin island towards Blintvenica island with it’s dominant lighthouse, leaving the entranceof the Kornati nationalpark on port. Sailing back 13 nm. again thru the gate to the «hidden» finishline at Prisnjak. This race is a highlight, it has to become legendary…. Yeah!
On the third and last day we started at the island Mastinjak, rounding a upwind buoy close by, then sailing downwind for about 7 nm. Leaving the Kukuljari islands on port, to the finish at Plic Mijoka at the southeast end of Murter. The last race started at the island Maslinjak, sailing towards the town of Tisno rounding the island Ljutacon port side going back rounding Plic Mijoka on starboard ant then sailing all the way back upwind between the Kukuljari islands and Murter to the well known finish at Prisnjak.
Congratulations to the Austrian team Klaus and Bettina Dreier/AUT 03 /… they were unbeaten in every single race!!!
Here a few reasons why you shoud register next year as well:
• Super friendly and relaxed atmosphere !
• Unique sailing area….it is paradise!
• Great accommodation at Jezera Village Holiday Resort!
• Very good organization and a superb choice of routes depending on weather and wind conditions!
• Barbecue of it’s best!
• You get a beautyfull t-shirt and a big shiny cup wants to be engraved!
I warmly recommend this event to all F18 sailing enthusiasts. A special thanks to all who make Murter challenge happening!!!”
Martin JoehrSUI 797
Some short comments about the venue:
“Shortly… the nicest regatta I’ve sailed. Interesting navigation routes, most beautiful sail area and scenery, perfect wind/wave/sun conditions and good organization. Feels as if someone from above decided to treat and spoil this sailing enthusiast bunch! See you next year.”
Luka Ćurko, CRO 001
“The courses and the sailing itself were perfect. Of course we had good luck with the weather, but the result was at the same level as the top events like Stockholm or St. Barth.”
Manfred Zeissel, AUT 014