The wind!

No! I haven't had beans for dinner.  

Looking at a compass, like beautiful one made from local marble on Hvar island, gets me quite confused. Everything is upside down for me. North is of course towards the North Pole, and unlike in Victoria it does not blow hot dry winds and remind me of fire danger.             I think Z or Pulenat is West. Pulenat Is especially common in Dalmatia, and in the Hvar Island its known as "vitar priko škoja" or "wind across the Island". It often creates larger waves and is generally a strongwind.   

Looking at a compass, like beautiful one made from local marble on Hvar island, gets me quite confused. Everything is upside down for me. North is of course towards the North Pole, and unlike in Victoria it does not blow hot dry winds and remind me of fire danger. 

 

 

 

I think Z or Pulenat is West. Pulenat Is especially common in Dalmatia, and in the Hvar Island its known as "vitar priko škoja" or "wind across the Island". It often creates larger waves and is generally a strongwind.

 

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Ostro is east, but it's the jugo (SE) wind that is more important, the  Jugo wind is a frequent wind in the autumn, when it gets speeds of up to 50 knots, and even more. In the Summer it’s a rare wind and mostly blows at slow speeds. However in the late summer, it Jugo is more frequent, and this should be noted, as it can be a dangerous wind for sailors. Jugo is a Cyclonal wind often associated with bad weather, constant blowing, and big waves. In the autumn time the waves from Jugo reach 5 m in height in the more open sea areas. This is what happened in May when most ferry services in and out of Dalmatian ports were cancelled and some ferries stranded at sea.       

Ostro is east, but it's the jugo (SE) wind that is more important, the  Jugo wind is a frequent wind in the autumn, when it gets speeds of up to 50 knots, and even more. In the Summer it’s a rare wind and mostly blows at slow speeds. However in the late summer, it Jugo is more frequent, and this should be noted, as it can be a dangerous wind for sailors. Jugo is a Cyclonal wind often associated with bad weather, constant blowing, and big waves. In the autumn time the waves from Jugo reach 5 m in height in the more open sea areas. This is what happened in May when most ferry services in and out of Dalmatian ports were cancelled and some ferries stranded at sea. 

 

 




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Bura  is a cold NE wind, which blows predominately in the winter time in Croatia, and in that period it reaches stormy speeds of up to 300 km/h. In the summertime, however bura is not that dangerous, and it blows in much lighter speeds, predominately in the night time when the land cools down. Bura wind variates in speed and blows in gusts. 

 

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The Tramontana wind is the northerly, rarely associated with strong winds or storms. Tramuntana or Tramontana, depending on a regional pronunciation, mostly blows in the northern Adriatic, and it’s especially known in the area of Rijeka, and Istria in general. However tramontana is less common in the summer, even though its common mistaken for a strong Maestral, because of the terrain configuration in Croatia.

And the Maestral or Mistral is a cool wind that comes from the sea and to the land, so it blows from NW in most part of Croatia, due to its position. Maestral is a thermic wind that blows in the afternoon, because the land warms up faster than the sea, so the difference of pressures and temperatures creates wind. Though it’s mainly a soft to medium powered wind, it sometimes gets strong, especially in the narrow passes in Dalmatia such as Brac channel, and the Peljesac channel (which is why these areas are widely known windsurfing destinations). Maestral mainly doesn’t create big waves.

so there you have a little story about some of the winds. They are a big part of local islanders lives and also something the myriad of tourist sailors need to be aware of.  

I don't have a white linen outfit, so I'm not going to be invited onto one of these fancy yachts or catermarans! 💃🏼💃🏼