TRADITIONAL SAILING ON GAJETA FALKUŠA
EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL TRADITION - THE ORIGINAL STORY OF KOMIŽA FOLLOWED BY TRADITIONAL SAILING ON GAJETA FALKUŠA
A falkuša is a traditional fishing boat used by fishermen from the town of Komiža on the island of Vis. Falkuša is a subtype of gajeta, a traditional Dalmatian fishing sailboat. Its design was adapted to specific needs of Komiža fishermen, who went to long fishing expeditions in the open seas, providing them sailing speed and practical characteristics for fish transport. This was a unique practice in the Adriatic and Mediterranean.
In the 16th century in Komiža bay more than hundred falkuša's were operating.
Komiža was the center of fishing industry in the Adriatic. On each boat there were 5 crew members and they were sailing to the most distant locations using sails and rows. Sailing to distant island of Palagruža is the oldest known off-shore regatta in Mediterranean.
Today three falkuša's are present and only few people know how to manage them.
We invite you to join the specific and renowned programs based on experiencing the local tradition.
On request original local food and island delicacies in konoba Professor Joško Božanić (leader of the Gajeta Falkuša heritage project).
Sail with us to the past centuries!
TYPE OF TOUR
Sailing, history, nature, adventure
Half day or all day
From Komiža port at 9.00 am and 15.00
TYPE OF BOAT
Each group 10 pax / Private tour on request
Please wear appropriate clothes. Prior experience in sailing is not a requirement. Excursion depends on weather conditions, so departure schedule can be changed. On request original local food and island delicacies in konoba Professor Joško Božanić (leader of the Gajeta Falkuša heritage project)
SAILOR'S ROUTE - SAILING IN KOMIŽA BAY
Short presentation of gajeta boat, its design and characteristics, its meaning and importance in the past. You will hear interesting and amusing fishermen and pirate stories.
You will be offered to use traditional tools and ropes, get acquainted with original boat parts names, make knots and of course sail. If you are group or family we can add assigning tasks on the boat – team work. Feel like a real sailor!
CAPTAIN'S ROUTE- SAILING to BIŠEVO ISLAND
The island of Biševo is 5 nautical miles away from Komiža. It is a homeland of the fishing industry founder in the United States, and known for it's autochthonous wine variety Plavac Mali. It is best known for it's rare natural phenomenon, Modra špilja (‘Blue cave’).
We depart from Komiža in the morning hours. Short presentation of gajeta, its design and characteristics followed by interesting and amusing fishermen and pirate stories. Sailing to Biševo island, anchoring and break. Short walk to the top of Biševo island, visit the church of St. Silvester and the old school. Possibility to taste original local food and island delicacies in the family agro tourism on the top of the island.
ABOUT GAJETA FALKUŠA
Gajeta falkuša is an ancient wooden fishing boat, a central symbol of a thousand year old fishermen tradition in Komiža and also a symbol of the Croatian maritime heritage. It is 9 m long and 2.55 m wide (without the removable strakes ). It has a lateen sail and a jib, which make a 90 m2 sail area.