Yacht Cruising in Croatia

Friday 28 April 2017

Over the Easter break nine students and two staff members from the Outdoor Adventure department visited Croatia. They undertook a week aboard ‘Magic Dreams’, a Sun Odyssey 509 yacht, as an extra-curricular trip to learn about coastal navigation and how to transfer skills in small dinghies into larger cruising yachts.

Students in Crotia

L to R: Sam Dacombe, Sam Curl, Will Malvern, Joseph Amiss, Ben Dunham, Sam Bates, Jon Goodwin, Niamh Duncan, Jack Daniels, Sasha Mills, Harvey Peirson

The students were in luck with perfect sailing weather – a full week of blue skies with light winds. More than 180 nautical miles were sailed in total from Zadar and around the Kornati National Park, often referred to as ‘nautical paradise’, and visiting various Islands.

The students had the opportunity to practice manoeuvres such as anchoring, coming along side and Mediterranean moorings. Wildlife such as octopus, starfish and dolphins were seen on more than one occasion on the trip making for some excellent photo opportunities.

High praise for the Shuttleworth College students from Outdoor Adventure Lecturers Sam Bates (Trip Organiser) and Jon Goodwin (Skipper), who enthused: “I want to say thanks to the students who cooked, cleaned, provided entertainment and crewed/skippered the yacht for the week. You were amazing and genuine ambassadors for the course and College.”

The trip was such a success there are plans to return next year with the next cohort of students.

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