As far as destinations go, Porto Montenegro, the multiple award winning luxury yacht homeport and marina village, is ideal for Middle East travellers. FlyDubai, Etihad and Turkish Airlines run weekly flights to Tivat, meaning the tranquility of Montenegro is a mere six hours away at most. Add to the fact that the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club is organising a number of prestigious regattas and water sports events this year and a chilled-out vacation in the Bay of Kotor becomes almost a must.
With its glorious weather, the season begins early in Montenegro and lasts well into the late the summer months, which means almost seven months of racing in the UNESCO-protected Boka Bay. The PMYC Match Race of the European Match Race Tour opened proceedings last month, with the next three events happening now in April, which include the 13th edition of the EST 105 offshore regatta between Bari and Tivat.
As the dreaded summer temps here head towards the 40s and we begin our mass migration/ hibernation, the Tivat summer season is in full swing, with a full schedule starting with the Porto Montenegro Match Race, a part of the Match Race Super League taking place from the 1st of June to the 3rd. This is followed by two PMYC Regattas and the Arsenal Cup, with the traditional Fasinada race taking place from July the 21st to the 22nd. Here, the fleet of yachts bring stones and rocks from the mountains and throw them into the sea near Our Lady of the Rocks Island, just off the tiny village of Perast.
As we begin our mass migration/hibernation, the Tivat summer season is already in full swing.
For the motor fanatics, a Powerboat Rally is planned for August, with the exact date soon to be confirmed and as the season heads towards its end in September, Porto Montenegro will host the European March Race Tour Finals and part of the Thousand Islands Race between Montenegro and Croatia. Finally the season will conclude with the fourth and last PMYC Regatta in Tivat Bay on October the 13th.
That’s a whole lot of sailing going on and next year is already hotting up for Tivat, as Porto Montenegro is currently in talks with the aim of hosting an RC44 Championship Tour regatta.