Yachts are available from 1700hrs onwards on a Saturday, but there is no problem with a later arrival, as nothing formal is organised the first night, and no sailing take place until the Sunday morning
There is a comprehensive briefing on the first Sunday morning at around 0900hrs, when you are introduced to the team and any paperwork can be done and this can take up to an hour, and then yachts sail when that is all completed.
On other mornings there is also an 0900hrs briefing but this is much shorter and is to discuss the destination for that evening, suggestions for the route for the day and including lunchtime stops.
We always try to keep the obligatory distance on the first day first day relatively short, and usually between 5 to 12 miles. This is to allow everyone a gentle start, and to give any inexperienced or rusty skippers and crews a chance to settle on board and to refresh their skills. The area between Murter and the mainland is a large protected body of water and perfect for practicing in, while there is no problem with more experienced crews heading off and creating a longer and more varied day for themselves, if they wish. This approach also means that anyone taking a Bareboat/Flotilla yacht from more distant marinas can easily join the group.
Yachts should aim to get into port every evening for between 1700 and 1800hrs.
Anyone taking one of our in house yachts, can discuss with the skippers on site and normally can free sail at anytime, but only in the general area of the flotilla. This is simply so that if you have a problem then we can get to you to provide any necessary assistance.
Mooring will normally be in a marina, on a town quay or rafted in a bay. For the first two, we try to reserve places if possible, but often in peak season, we cannot do this and may end up rafting in a nearby bay if a port is full when we get there.
In the Marinas and town quays, there is nearly always local assistance and these people are then in charge of where the yachts moor, and not our lead crews. This does mean then however that there is generally no problem if you want to go into port early, and you do not have to wait for one of our skippers to get in first. As a guide expect to pay somewhere between 125 to 175Euros for a 36ft yacht sailing with the flotilla, for mooring for a week.
A flotilla is a group activity and the choice and mix of ports chosen will reflect this. Daily weather forecasts are available but local conditions can vary considerably and the flotilla will always err on the side of safety, even if this sometimes means some restricted sailing or changing the plan due to strong winds.
Shopping can be done on most days and there will be be somewhere to eat ashore in the evening most evenings and when this is not the case you will be advised well in advance.
Yachts must always be back in port by 1800hrs on the last Friday afternoon and check out is by 0900hrs on the Saturday morning, but again no problem if anyone wants to leave on the Friday evening and you do not miss any of the holiday by doing this.
Anyone taking a Bareboat/Flotilla yacht must allow time to refuel on the last afternoon, and should be aware that it is normal practice for a diver to inspect the yachts when they return. This is normally done at a pre set time so it is important not to be late back, or you could incurr an extra expense if the diver has to go down a second time just to inspect your yacht.