Brac, Uvala Blaca
Located on the southern shore of Brac, approximately 6nm west of Bol and 2.5nm east of Uvala Lucice, this bay is one of Croatia’s few truly uninhabited anchorages, with no houses, holiday homes, shacks or campsites on its shores. Popular as the main anchorage that provides access to the historic Hermitage of Blaca, the bay is long and narrow, stretching north north-west from the the Brac Shore for 500m. It is surrounded by wooded steep sided slopes, backed by a small shingle beach and should provide good shelter from all directions except the south and south-west.
Pilot books suggest that holding is generally good, though there may be some areas of rock plate on the bottom. We found it to be good in depths close to the shore of 8-10 metres and in the centre of the bay of up to 15 metres. Closer to the beach the water shallows rapidly to less than 2 metres, and the remains of a much eroded concrete landing dock can be seen to the west of the shingle, where some steel posts and eyes do survive that may be used for taking a line to.
Most boats visiting Blaca seem to drop anchor and take a line ashore (attaching it to one of the more mature trees) as the space available is too limited for boats to swing freely (170m at its widest). Though pilot guides suggest there is at least one mooring buoy in the bay, reserved for visiting tourist excursion boats, we saw no sign of this during our visit in July 2011.
While this is a popular spot (there were approximately 11 boats present during our visit), both as a lunch stop and an overnight anchorage, it does not feel crowded. Many people arrive around mid morning to take the path up to the Blaca Hermitage (about 45 minutes walk) then depart after lunch. Looking at the boats present we estimated that less than half (around 5) had actually overnighted at Blaca. This is a nice spot with crystal clear water and a quiet sense of isolation. It is well worth the stop - even if you do not intend to walk up the hill to the hermitage
Shelter: Good though exposed in southerlies and south-westerlies
Depths: 8-15 metres
Bottom: Mud? with some areas of rock, ensure you have good holding
Holding: Reported as good though lines should be taken ashore.
Hazards: None reported though the inlet and its approaches are entirely unlit.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
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