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Published on 28.08.2023

Sailing in autumn

Written by Evelyn Götz
Sailing in autumn

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Autumn Sailing in the Kornati Islands - "wind in my hair and salt on my skin" sums it up perfectly when describing my "first" big autumn sailing adventure.⛵
Because sailing in autumn has its own advantages. Fewer tourists, mild temperatures and that very special shine that the sea has at this time of the year.

Sun, sea and autumn

One might think that this combination is a contradiction in terms. Not in our sailing week. The weather was on our side: sunny, warm and yet with that pleasant autumn freshness in the morning and in the evening.

🌬️ The wind was our constant companion and our experienced skipper guided us safely through the island labyrinth. Different bathing spots every day - one even more beautiful than the other and far away from other yachts. Because overall there is just a lot less going on. We went in early October. I know we were lucky children - bathing weather every day is certainly not the norm. Nevertheless - sailing in autumn has its own special charm! 🥰  

Why should you choose a sailing trip in autumn?

  • Breathtaking natural scenery: the colors change, the water glitters differently, the islands are bathed in a golden light. I know it sounds cheesy, but it is! But sooo beautiful. I couldn't get enough of looking at it.
  • Quieter: Fewer boats, less hustle and bustle, more quiet.
  • Culinary experiences: Without the summer tourism, many restaurants offer authentic and fresh dishes.
  • Ideal sailing weather: not too hot, not too cold and often a stable breeze. Anyone who wants to sail is at the right time.
  • More Comfortable Temperatures: While the summer heat can be oppressive at times, the milder autumn temperatures make for a comfortable sailing climate. At least for us it has always cooled down well at night to breathe deeply again. Without it getting really cold.
  • Clear starry skies: The cooler autumn nights are often clearer, ideal for stargazers. I particularly liked that!
  • Cheaper Prices: Outside the high season, yacht charter and marina prices are often reduced.
  • Personal attention: With fewer tourists on the islands, locals are often more approachable and offer a more personal experience at restaurants and ports.
  • I didn't expect that at all: In autumn many birds migrate south - a spectacle that you can experience up close from the boat.

Instead of cooking for ourselves, we chose to enjoy the local delicacies of the (often isolated) restaurants on the islands. Moor directly in front of the terrace of the konoba - that's something! In autumn this is also possible without a long pre-registration. In the case of very remote bays, however, you should inquire beforehand whether they are actually open. In these bays it is usually also possible to stay overnight.

My very personal highlight: sailing adventures with a learning effect


Our journey through the Kornati islands was not only a relaxed holiday, but also an intense learning experience. Under the guidance of our experienced skipper, we dared to take the reins – or rather, the lines – into our own hands. Even if I was still unsure at the beginning and my heart beat faster in 20 knots of wind - I enjoyed every minute at the steering wheel! 😊

So, Sail away with me, honey! 🎼➡️
I would like to recommend you this catchy tune by David Gray. It's the background song for planning your fall sailing trip!

Sailor: Evelyn, enthusiastic lake sailor, traveling with her husband and a skipper on a Bavaria C42 Style "Antares" of the latest generation from Pitter Yachtcharter. They started in Biograd, a week across the Kornati.

Evelyn Götz
Evelyn Götz
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