That at light summer breeze in you hair that follows you around Adriatic is summer “friendly” wind called Maestral.
Maestral is a “benevolent” and friendly summer wind adored by the leisure sailors.
This wind appears almost daily in summer due to the differences in temperature between the mainland and sea. It is fairly frequent from spring to autumn and strongest in July and August during beautiful and stable weather. Maestral usually starts blowing around 9 or 10 in the morning, reaches its highest strength around 2 in the afternoon and gradually fades at sunset. It rarely blows for more than three days.
The signs of Maestral are white cumulus clouds over the islands and the coastal mountains. Maestral brings smooth waves perfect for sailing until the sunset.
The most favourable conditions for sailing in the Adriatic Sea are from mid-June to mid-October when steady weather conditions allow even those with little experience to enjoy sea adventures.
Therefore, if you find yourself in Dubrovnik during these months, and you want to find a perfect yacht or a sailboat, stop by at ACI Marina Dubrovnik, located in Komolac, 6 km from Dubrovnik. It is home to numerous charter companies which offer numerous potential routes for sailing around the Dubrovnik area. They will get you on board for a memorable sailing experience.
"May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face.“
(The quote from "Fair Winds and Following Seas"- origin of this old Irish song is unknown but is often used as a nautical blessing.)
Get to know the Adriatic winds
When sailing along the Adriatic coast and around Dubrovnik, you will encounter three main types of wind: Bura (a north-east wind), Jugo (a south-east wind) and Maestral (a north-west wind, also known as the great windsurfing and sailing summer wind which acts as a natural air cooler on warm summer afternoons). Tramuntana (a north wind) and the east wind Levanat are also common here. Those winds can reach storm strength while other side winds blow mostly moderately. In additional, rarer wind currents such as Lebić (southwest wind) and Oštro (south wind) appear infrequently.
Each of these Adriatic currents is specific in its own way. Anyone who is sailing needs to know how to recognize them in order to take advantage of their energy, or if needed, to react on time and to move swiftly to a safe harbour. Therefore, we will give here special attention to three basic Adriatic winds - Bura, Jugo and Maestral. You will find out below why they are so important.