great part of the fun in offshore racing and the secret of
winning is to choose the best course, deciding whether the
advantage is keeping close to the shore or going out to sea,
to assess where the best winds and currents will be and
decide what other factors will get your boat home ahead of
everyone else. It does not have to be the shortest course
by distance; it only needs to be the quickest.
The Thousand Island Race is an ideal race for navigators who
want to show their talent. Sailing from Rijeka to
Porto Montenegro and back means that the race is set
literally in more than a thousand islands. Leg 1
starts at Rijeka; the islands of Unije, Susak, Premuda, Dugi Otok, Kornat,
Vis, Lastovo and Sveti Andrija are to be left to starboard, while on
Leg 2, starting at Porto Montenegro, they will have to be
left to port. Apart from a few marks at the start and
finish, there are no other course limitations, so it will be
for individual boats to choose the best course.
The whole area is outstandingly beautiful and the photos
below show some of the fantastic scenery you will sail past
during the race.