The traditional BAVADRIA CUP regatta organised by JK Marina Kaštela and Bavadria Yachting took place in the Bay of Kaštel on October 27th following the ending of the sailing season.
A total of nine crews on Bavaria 46 type of sailboats participated in this 18th consecutive annual cruising sailing. They started under the jugo wind with gusts of up to 18-20 knots. The Marina Kaštela crew reached the first buoy and hung on to their lead until the end of the regatta. The Udruga Kapetana, Kapetanija and Slobodna Dalmacija crews fought for the other leading positions. Even though the Udruga Kapetana crew had some of the oldest participants, they exhibited exceptional skills under a very strong southerly wind, while the Kapetanija crew managed to make up for the late start at the first windward mark.
The downwind buoy was positioned far out on the east side so the crews that stuck to the outer side in a position closer to the constantly increasing wind managed to hit it.
During the second leg of the upwind sailing, the Mornar crew on the Farska sailboat showed plenty of tactical knowledge and passed the finish line in the second position in its group and completed the competition in the fourth place in the overall standings.
Marina Kaštela was the winner with the Udruga Kapetana crew in the second place and the Slobodna Dalmacija crew in the third place.
Following the competition, the award ceremony and a soiree took place in the new Sailing Centre and the “Spinnaker “restaurant giving the participants an opportunity to meet and greet.
A commemorative ceremony took place at Marina Kaštela for the opening of additional content preceded by the “Open Door Day” at Marina Kaštela when the local residents were given an opportunity to use the swimming pool free of charge along with sailing and rowing presentations and a concert by group TBF. Marina Kaštela opened an international sailing sports centre and an indoor swimming pool for public use throughout the entire year. This is a 25 m recreational swimming pool in a heated indoor area, the only of its kind in Dalmatia and also the first public swimming pool in Kaštela. The Kaštela Swimming Club is already active in the swimming pool. Previously, the club members had to travel to Split.
This investment valued at 53 million HRK incudes the 25 m indoor swimming pool with ancillary content, a restaurant, a wellness and a spa, a Sailing Club with a finished shoreline and hospitality content, as well as a paved shoreline promenade with additional infrastructure.
A press conference took place during the ceremonial opening at the “Spinnaker” restaurant where, along with Captain Josip Berket, there were also the Prefect of the Split-Dalmatia County, Blaženko Boban, as the representative of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Mayor of the City of Kaštel, Denis Ivanović, the Director of “Mirno more – Flota mira” (Calm Sea – Peace Fleet.), Michael Fuchs, and the representative of the Delegation of the Republic of Austria in the Republic of Croatia, Martina Klenner-Auvillain.
“The International Sailing Centre is going to be in the function of our sailing club. We also have a rowing and a volleyball club. It will serve for the organisation of various regattas. To a certain degree, we have combined the public benefit of regatta organisation with the value of the marina. It is similar to Barcelona. We intend to become a unique centre for sailing federations. We have already gained the attention of the Finish and Russian sailing federations. Our next step is building and sports hotel and a hostel.“ – emphasized Josip Berket, the owner of Marina Kaštela from Kaštel Gomilica.
Marina Kaštela has 450 berths and it has no problems renting the berths. It has a service base and it can, and does, accommodate mega yachts. We have a sufficient electricity supply for their needs and a draught of suitable depth.
Alongside this event, for the fourth time, Marina Kaštela is hosting children and volunteers as a part of the largest humanitarian sailing project for children “Mirno more – Flota mira” (Calm Sea – Peace Fleet.) This year, once again, Marina Kaštela is hosting the Peace Fleet that includes around a hundred boats where the crews participate in a variety of programs taking place both on the sea and on the shore. The unique spirit of the Peace Fleet is reflected in children growing up under difficult social circumstances and persons with psychological and physical disabilities as they sail together, have fun and dance. While doing so, they are learning an important life lesson: we can and we must leave together in peace.
A part of the Calm Sea fleet is a 4-boat crew organised by the Calm Sea Marina Kaštela Association that included children with diabetes, children without adequate parental care from the “Maestral” Home for Children and persons with mental disabilities from the “Mir” Centre for Rehabilitation from Rudine, as well as rehabilitation centres from Fojnica in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Learning to be tolerant and to cast away prejudices – more important than ever before
720 children from 22 countries are celebrating peace and understanding among nations at the largest peace sailing project at Marina Kaštela.
“Peace Fleet – Calm Sea” (“Flota mira – Mirno more”), the largest humanitarian sailing project for children, found itself on its great journey along the Croatian coast for the 24th time from September 15th to 22nd, 2018. Just like during the previous years, more than 100 boats sailed into the host’s harbour – Marina Kaštela, where they enjoyed a diverse program. Once again, the BavAdria boats participated in the event. The unique spirit of the Peace Fleet was especially visible as the children who live under difficult social circumstances and persons with psychological or physical disabilities had fun and danced together while learning an important life lesson: we can and we must live together in peace!
Unfortunately, the world politics is showing us that we cannot take peace for granted. The migrant movements, caused by various reasons, from the war conflicts in Syria to unfavourable economic and social conditions, are clear and warning signs. Aware of this, the “Peace Fleet – Calm Sea” project made it its mission to respect and promote the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that guarantee unwavering equality of dignity and rights of all people.
“Now, more than ever, peace, hospitality and sustainable solidarity of the civil society need a strong support on all levels.” – stated Dr. Michael Fuchs, an official of the “Calm Sea” organisation.
His colleague in the committee, Mr. Srđan Janjušić, believes that, above all, we must start working with the youngest – “It is the children who have encountered many social obstacles in their daily existence during their short lives who learn during the “Calm Sea” event that a peaceful coexistence is the basis for being joyful, having fun and gaining a positive experience.”
Following the tour of Marina Kaštela, Martina Klenner-Auvillain, the representative of the Delegation of the Republic of Austria in the Republic of Croatia, stated – “Although some may think that the contribution of the “Peace Fleet – Calm Sea” is small, I am certain that their contribution to peace, by setting a direct example for young people by showing how to cast away prejudices and be open to others and those who are different, is essential.”
All of this was a sufficient reason for the host of the Fleet during its two days on the shore, Captain Joško Berket, to host the Peace Fleet for the sixth time: – “We are approaching another year of “Calm Sea”. We are experiencing a positive nervousness and a great desire to provide the children with an unforgettable experience at Marina Kaštela. We are greeting the entire Calm Sea family with an open heart and we are proud to be the hosts. We are glad that this year we can offer the participants the new content at our marina: a 25 m indoor swimming pool and a sailing club with a large plateau. This public content is accessible to the people of the City of Kaštel throughout the entire year. We want to extend our welcome to everyone.”
Thanks to this project, 100 boats from the entire Europe with children and volunteers will be sailing along the Croatian shoreline between September 15th to 22nd. Various organisations that have been professionally looking after socially endangered children and children without parental care for many years are the guarantee that the values of the project will continue into the future.
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