Matej Bencur Regatta 2015

In memory of Matej Bencur (Martin Kukučin) a Slovak writer who lived on the Croatian island of Brač, each year an offshore regatta is organized to honor many miles this esteemed writer traveled during his life. Regatta is known for its great crews, great food and lots and lots of miles. After the great success of 2015 we are proud to announce that the dates and route for the 2016 edition of Offshore Matej Bencur regatta have been set.

Term of regatta: 09. – 16. 05. 2015

In memory of Matej Bencur (Martin Kukučin) a Slovak writer who lived on the Croatian island of Brač, each year an offshore regatta is organized to honor many miles this esteemed writer traveled during his life. Regatta is known for its great crews, great food and lots and lots of miles.

After the great success of 2015 we are proud to announce that the dates and route for the 2016 edition of Offshore Matej Bencur regatta have been set.

Regatta Propositions

  • Regatta venue: Marina Kaštela i Middle Adriatic,Croatia
  • Boats eligible to enter: First sailing one design fleet Beneteau First 45, divided in 2 groups; with and without spinnakers.
  • Organizer: Yacht Club Dynamo Energia, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Co-organizer: YC First sailing, Kaštel Gomilica, Croatia
  • In cooperation with: First sailing Yacht Charter, Marina Kastela, Kastel Gomilica, Croatia
  • Regatta sponsor:
  • Regatta director: Mario Malenica, mario@sailingforever.com
  • Race officer: Ana Višić, kastela@sailingforever.com
  • Entry forms: info@ycdynamo.sk , mobile: +421 907 887 224 /info@sailingforever.com, mobile : + 385 99 265 8190
  • Price for the participation: 4700€ per crew for up to 7 crew members.extra crew member 170 EUR .
  • Max crew number: 10
  • The price includes: Beneteau First 45 boat charter for the week, spinnaker, transit log, 5 dinners, T- shirts for crew members, marine and harbour fees, tourist tax , regatta organization.
  • Price does not include : fuel for the boat.
  • Deposit for the Beneteau First 45: 4.000,00€ payable by cash or Amex, Visa, Mastercard, Diners cards

Regatta schedule:

  • May 9th 2015 (Saturday)-Check in and registration in First sailing base in Marina Kaštela
  • May 10th 2015 (Sunday)- 1st Leg: Kastela- Sumartin (Brac) 33NM dinner and party
  • May 11th 2015 (Monday)-2nd Leg: Sumartin (Brac) -Sućuraj (Hvar) 15NM dinner and party
  • May 12th 2015 (Tuesday)- 3rd Leg Sućuraj (Hvar) –Vela Luka (Korčula) 27 NM dinner and party
  • May 13th 2015 (Wednesday)- 4th Leg: Vela Luka (Korčula) -Zaklopatica (Lastovo) 17NM dinner and party
  • May 14th 2015 (Thursday)- 5th Leg: Zaklopatica (Lastovo)- Palmižana (Hvar) 34NM dinner and party
  • May 15th 2015 (Friday)- 6th Leg: Palmižana (Hvar)-Kaštela 30NM Prize giving
  • May 16th 2015 (Saturday) Check out in in First sailing base in Marina Kaštela by 09:00

Sailing instructions : will be available at registration

Final Results

S-Boat :Team:Skipper:R1R2R3R4R5Total
1Carmenta 3EE&MC CONSULT NEXT BENCUR TEAMMiroslav Raček21(3)137
2Yasmin 14MENERTMiroslav Wollner3(4)2218
3Hera 8SIDORIgor Sidor121(DNC)DNC9
4Byblis 2HB REVIS SLOVAKIAMartin Marko(DNF)343212
S+Boat :Team:Skipper:R1R2R3R4R5Total
1Venus 12EX PROJEKT ENERGIA TEAMTomaš Malatinsky2(4)1216
2Xena 13SMS-SUKROMNA MONTAŽA SPOLOČN.Milan Meliš4(DSQ)31210
3Isis 9SCHRACK TECHNIK/ IFT INFORM TECHN.Igor Chrapčiak13(5)4311
4Galata 7LANAStefan Lovas322(5)411
5Despoina 4KOMKOMBarbora Brachata(5)143513

Regatta Review

Offshore regatta Matej Bencur like an author it was named after it will be remembered as something new that left us with good stories and lot of miles sailed.

We arrived for our week long adventure in Kastela, Croatia on Saturday afternoon, 9 crews made of some long time sailors some with more courage than experience, where First sailing fleet was waiting for boat check and registration, ready for long journey ahead. And lucky for us that our boats were ready because the following week put us and the boats to the test.

Offshore regatta means a lot of miles and the Organizers kept true to that name. Planed route was Kastela- Sumartin-Sucuraj –Vela Luka- Lastovo-Palmizana-Kastela. More than 150 Nm in six days should give crews averaging 8 members more than enough experience and/ or new stories.

Kastela welcomed us with strong Bura (name Dalmatians have for NE wind) but according to weather forecast it was supposed to die down during the Sunday when first start was planned. Some doubted those forecasts as at the start of first of the six races we measured from 19-27kts of wind.

Start- windward mark and then to Sumartin. Lucky for us Organizers at First sailing chose to set check point in Split gates so it was downwind sailing at first and then from there southern side of Brac shielded us from stronger gusts giving crews opportunity to find their rhythms and improve their performance.

Regatta was sailed in 2 groups: five boats sailed with spinnakers, four chose to sail without but with this wind no one got their spinnakers up.

Five hours and 32 Nm later we sailed into Sumartin, small town on southern end of Brac. Small port hardly had room for our fleet but it made up for it with old town charm of a place not yet spoiled by frequent tourist visits. Sumartin was chosen as first stop as it’s port closest to Selca, inland town, where Matej Bencur lived, woked as a doctor and wrote his famous ‘’Dom v strani”. After touring the town, seeing his house, office and walking the streets he walked on we had dinner right across the street from his once office. Locals made us feel welcomed as they did him and after grappa, lamb (local specialty), wine and songs we headed back to our boats.

Monday morning came with still a lot of bura. At the skippers meeting it was agreed we will wait few hours. So in the early afternoon the fleet left the small port and headed out on motors toward Sucuraj on Hvar. Few miles from Sumartin with better wind conditions second race was started. 17Nm seemed like nothing compared with the distance from previous day. Crews already better knowing each other also worked much smoother and the competition was more challenging. Right at the windward mark decision had to be made: Sail closer to the coast and use whatever bura is left or head closer to Hvar and use wind there and shorter distance to Sucuraj. The fleet was split evenly and in the end those risking the course closer to the coast won out. In Sucuraj dinner was waiting in “little piece of Slovakia in Croatia” – Hvar Sport resort is owned by Slovak who fell in love with Sucuraj and decided to build a resort there. Good food and stories of the day kept us awake well into a night.

Third day we were facing another long route to Gradina bay at the entrance of Vela Luka. With bura completely dying down it didn’t leave us with much hope for sailing and some were looking forward to slow day of swimming and relaxing. However our Organizer knowing the area again told us to head out on motors toward point Plocica and by then maestral (NW wind) should come in. Just as they predicted 2 hours later start was given in 12 kts of steady maestral. With all the boats exactly the same it was up to crew’s knowledge and teamwork to decide the winner. It was close race to the very finish line and thought great tuna dinner over few glasses of good wine we celebrated, planned next day tactics and had fun till early morning hours.

Fourth race from Vela Luka to Zaklopatica on Lastovo started with 9 kts of wind but this “short” 19 Nm leg was remembered as it gave us opportunity to get our spinnakers up. Later we found funny how less that 20Nm courses all of the sudden seemed short for us. Other than the distance another novelty on this regatta was the new sailing area. First sailing organizers picked out routes not commonly sailed at these types of regatta so even experienced crews found it challenging and fresh. Shorter route gave us an opportunity to visit Lastovo before dinner where our hosts prepared fish under the “peka” another local specialty that awed all and left us promising to come back again. Many took their pancakes back to their boats to be eaten the next morning.

Last long route from Lastovo to Palmizana on Hvar was started in 20 kts of jugo (SE wind). This 34 NM route also turned out to be the last race of the regatta due to jugo that was getting stronger. By this 5th race crews were used to long routes and enjoyed the challenge, adventure and fun they brought which was best shown by the fact that the first boats crossed the Hvar finish line in 4 and half hours. Almost all the crews made it to the finish line: two crews giving up after the Korcula check point due to momentary lack of wind and tired crew. At the last dinner, when the coveted daily awards were handed out once more, everyone felt the reality getting closer but great food, good wine held good spirits up long into the night and even after as the song was heard from the boats early into next morning.

Strong jugo woke us up the following day and with gusts over 40 kts organizers wisely decided that after over 130Nm sailed it would be risky and maybe even little too dangerous to sail last 30Nm so we were instructed to head on motor with front sails slightly opened to Kastela. Decision supported by all.

Offshore regatta Matej Bencur 2015 allowed us to experience all the fun of sailing. It had something for all, experienced and less so, sailors since we sailed in new areas, in all types of wind, ate different foods, saw a lot of new ports each night and had fun with it all. In short great company, great food and lots and lots of miles. Same as Martin Bencur experienced in his life.

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