Istria has an excellent yacht charter infrastructure and can be allowed as a sailing area for less experienced crews.
This sailing area is suitable for beginners. Navigation around the Istrian peninsula is simple, and the tides have little effect. The water level changes are usually less than 1 m. The wind during the summer months is mainly characterized by land and sea breezes that blow at 2-4 Bft. You will find a classic wind-rhythm: sea breezes during the day (Burin) and land breezes (Maestral) at night. During the day there are moderate northeast winds that stop in the evening. Istria also experiences winds such as the Yugo, the Bora and the Newera that can change sailing conditions significantly. The Jugo (also called the Scirocco or Sirocco) is a hot desert wind that comes from the south/southeast. It can build up a significant swell and restrict entry into harbors and marinas. During winter it is also possible for the Jugo to transform into the violent Bora in a very short time, a gusty wind that blows from the northeast. Because of the possible changes in winds, it is advisable to check the weather forecasts regularly (which are very good in the area). Should you be surprised by a storm, it is possible to anchor quickly in a safe place.
In the northern Adriatic, the sailing season begins in April and ends in October or November. Summers are warm, sunny and dry and usually not too hot. There is an exceptional amount of sunshine per year. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of 23 °C. Winters are mild, with the temperature only dropping to 12 °C in January, the coldest time of the year. The water temperature fluctuates between 24 °C in August and 13 °C in February.