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Velebitski Kanal

Velebitski Kanal

Characteristics

Description

Velebitski channel is the area of sea that separates at N, the island of Rab of Croatia mainland and then runsalong  Island Pag to Cape Baljenica S.
Bad reputation as the Bora, very strong and unpredictable, is particularly dangerous as there is no safe place to go.
The reputation of Velebitski kanal comes largely from winter storms, during which the force Bora regularly reaches 12. These conditions do not appear in the summer, but the Bora can still occur without warning and with force gusts.
The Sirocco can also blow very hard on this channel.

Vir, Pag and Rab islands, border the Velebitska Kanal. Between these islands, the winds can be almost as strong as in the channel itself. The shores of these islands, exposed to NE, are rocky, with no vegetation.
The strength and turbulence of the Bora decrease gradually as one moves away from Velebitska kanal.

N part of Velebitski Kanal

The E channel, is long and narrow and lies close W of the mainland. It is separated from Kvarneric to the W by several large islands. This channelleads through Vinodolski Kanal and Tihi Kanal at its N end and enters the NE head of the basin.
There are numerous anchorages for small craft along both shores of the N part of this channel. However, as there is little shelter for large vessels, this part of the channel is generally avoided during the late autumn and winter. At such times, large vessels proceed to Rijecki Zaliv via Srednja Vrata or Kvarner. 

At N, the chanel leads after Vinodolvski Kanal, between Hr Sv Anton, on the mainland, and Hr Kamenjak, on O. Krk.
The N part of the chenal leads until Jablanac, a small town, is situated on the mainland at the E side of the entrance to the N part of Velebitski Kanal.
The fairway of Velebitski Kanal is only 1 mile wide in this vicinity and may easily be navigated as the mainland coast is barren and precipitous.

Otok Goli, bare and precipitous in its NE part, lies on the W side of Velebitski Kanal 9 miles NNW of Jablanac. This island is generally steep-to except at its SE extremity where a rocky reef extends up to about 0.5 mile SE. Rt Sajalo, the NW extremity of the island, is marked by a lightand fringed by rocks.

Otok Sveti Grgur, 225m high, lies 1 mile NW of Otok Goli. This island is also mostly steep-to and bare, with some bushes on its S side. Rapski Kanal is deep and leads between Otok Sveti Grgur and Otok Rab. This channel is seldom used as the fairway is only 0.3 mile wide in places and several rocky patches lie adjacent to its S side.

Otok Privic, 357m high, is hilly, barren, and steep-to. Rt Strazica, the NW extremity of the island,is marked by a light. It is reported that a prominent tree stands 0.4 mile SSE of this point.Senjska Vrata, the passage leading between the S end of Otok Krk and Otok Privic, is 0.4 mile wide at its narrowest part and is generally deep. This channel is primarily used by vessels proceeding from the SW part of Kvarneric to the N reaches of Velebitski Kanal. 

Central part of Velebitski Kanal

The central part of Velebitski Kanal trends NW from the E entrance of Ljubacka Vrata and leads between the mainland and the E side of Otok Pag. The N shore of the channel is high and steep but the S shore is lower and gently sloping. The fairway is deep and clear and easily navigated, but is exposed to the full force of frequent NW winds. 

S part of Velebitski Kanal

The S part of Velebitski Kanal trends SE for 12 miles from the E entrance of Ljubacka Vrata to the entrance of Novsko Zdrilo (Maslenicki Kanal). The NE shore of the channel is high and precipitous and contrasts considerably with the SW side which is backed by low and sloping hills.

Otocici Razanci, consisting of three small and low islets, lies on a shoalbank in the middle of the channel 3 miles ESE of the E entrance of Ljubacka Vrata. These islets are not easily seen in periods of reduced visibility. A light is shown from a structure, 6m high, standing on the SE end of Razanac Veli, the SE and largest islet.
A conspicuous statue stands on the summit of this islet. The passage lying on the N side of these islets is preferred, but no attempt should be made to pass between them. The channel narrows 5 miles SE of Otocic Razanci and the fairway is bordered by coastal banks and reefs.

8/09/2011
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Jojo
Velebitski Kanal
Velebitski Kanal
28/03/2011
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Anonymous
Le canal Velebitski est la bande de mer qui sépare, au N,  l'île Rab du continent croate et qui longe ensuite l'île de Pag  jusqu'au cap Baljenica au S.

De mauvaise renommée, car la Bora, très forte et imprévisible, est particulièrement dangereuse d'autant qu'il n'y a pas d'abri où se réfugier.
La réputation du Velebitski kanal vient en grande partie des tempêtes d'hiver, durant lesquelles la Bora atteint régulièrement force 12. Ces conditions n'apparaissent pas en été, mais la Bora peut toujours survenir sans avertissement avec force et rafales.
Le Sirocco peut également souffler très fort dans ce canal.

Les îles Vir, Pag et Rab bordent le Velebitski Kanal. Entre ces îles, les vents peuvent être presque aussi forts que dans le canal lui même. Les rivages de ces îles, exposés au NE, sont rocheux, sans végétation.
La force et les turbulences de la Bora diminuent au fur et à mesure que l'on s'éloigne du Velebitski kanal.

Partie N du Velebitski Kanal

L'E du canal est long et étroit et se trouve à proximité du continent W. Il est séparé du Kvarner à l'Ouest par plusieurs grandes îles. Les chenaux au-dessus sont Vinodolski Kanal et Tihi Kanal à son extrémité N et entrent dans l'extrémité NE du bassin.

De nombreux mouillages pour petits bateaux longent les deux rives de la partie N de ce canal. Toutefois, comme il y a peu d'abri pour les bateaux de grande taille, cette partie du canal est généralement évitée à partir de la fin de l'automne et pendant l'hiver. Pendant ces périodes, les grands navires passent à Rijecki Zaliv via Srednja Vrata ou Kvarner.
Au N, le canal s'étend après Vinodolvski Kanal, entre Hr Sv Anton, sur le continent, et Hr Kamenjak sur O. Krk.

La partie N du canal s'étend jusqu'à Jablanac, une petite ville, est située sur le continent à l'E de l'entrée N du Velebitski Kanal. Le canal Velebitski est large seulement de 1 NM à cet endroit et est facilement navigable parce-que le continent est aride et escarpé.

Otok Goli, nue et abrupte dans sa partie nord, se trouve sur le côté W de Velebitski Kanal, à 9 miles au NNW de Jablanac. Cette île est généralement accore, sauf à son extrémité SE où un récif rocheux s'étend jusqu'à environ 0,5 mile SE. Rt Sajalo, l'extrémité nord-ouest de l'île, est marquée par une lumière bordée par des rochers.
Otok Sveti Grgur, 225m de haut, se trouve à 1 mile NW de Goli Otok. Cette île est aussi le plus souvent abrupte et à nue, avec des buissons sur le côté S. Rapski Kanal est profond et passe entre Otok Sveti Grgur et Otok Rab. Ce canal est rarement utilisé car il  n'est large que de 0,3 mile par endroits et plusieurs récifs se trouvent à proximité de son côté S.
Otok Privic, 357m de haut, est montagneuse, aride, et raide. Rt Strazica, l'extrémité nord-ouest de l'île, est marquée par une lumière. Il est rapporté qu'un arbre bien en vue est 0,4 mile au SSE de cette pointe. Senjska Vrata, le passage situé entre la fin du S Otok Krk et Otok Privic, est de 0,4 mile de large à sa partie la plus étroite et est généralement profond. Cette voie est principalement utilisée par les bateaux naviguant dans la partie sud-ouest du Kvarner qui veulent rejoindre Velebitski Kanal.

Partie centrale de Velebitski Kanal

La partie centrale du Kanal Velebitski, au NW de l'entrée E de Ljubacka Vrata, s'étend entre le continent et le côté E d'Otok Pag. La rive nord du canal est haute et raide, mais la rive S est moins haute et en pente douce. Le chenal est profond et clair, facile à naviguer, mais est exposé à toute la force des vents NW qui sont fréquents.

Partie S de Velebitski Kanal

La partie S du canal Velebtski s'étend sur 12 M, de l'entrée E de Ljubacka Vrata jusqu'à l'entrée de Novsko Zdrilo ( (Maslenicki Kanal). La rive nord du canal est élevée et escarpée et contraste nettement avec le côté sud-ouest qui est occupé par des collines basses et en pente.
Otocici Razanci,
composé de trois petites îles basses, se trouve sur un banc au milieu du canal, à 3 miles à l'ESE de l'entrée E de Ljubacka Vrata. Ces îlots ne sont pas facilement visibles par visibilité réduite. Une lumière est posée sur une structure, haute de 6 m, à l'extrémité SE de Razanac Veli, le plus grand îlot.
Une statue remarquable se dresse sur le sommet de cet îlot.
Il est conseillé de passer sur le côté N de ces îlots, mais il ne faut en aucun cas passer entre eux. Le chenal se rétrécit à 5 miles au SE de Otocic Razanci et le chenal est bordé de bancs et de récifs côtiers.

8/09/2011
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Otok Sv. Grgur, Goli et Prvic

These three islands are N of the island of Rab.Otok Goli, bare and precipitous in its NE part, lies on the W side of Velebitski Kanal 9 miles NNW of Jablanac.
This island is generally steep-to except at its SE extremity where a rocky reef extends up to about 0.5 mile SE.
Rt ...
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Kanal Nove Povljane Vir

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Shoals at the inner end of this channel restrict the fairway to a width of about 250m, with a controlling depth of 8m. Vessels with a draft of over 6m are advised not to ...
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Otok Vir

The island of Vir is one of the 300 islands of Zadar archipelago.
Vir island is located SW Pag, it is 25 kilometers north of Zadar and it has an area of 22.38 square kilometers. It rises gently from the sea to a bare and double summit, (Bandira) 112m high, with reminds of fort.
A ...
22 Jul 11

Otok Olib Zadar

Otok Olib is located E of O. Silba. It belongs to Zadar archipelago.The island has been inhabited since Roman times. The residents bought their island in 1900. The only village on the island was established around the port.
To the east of the island you will find some small hidden ...
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Rivanjski Kanal

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It is generally used by vessels proceeding between Srednji and Zadarski Kanals.
Otocic Tri Sestrice, a group of islets and rocks, extend up to 2 miles NW of Rt Zanavin, ...
9 Sep 11

Olipski Kanal

Olipski Kanal leads NNW between the E side of Otok Silba and the W side of Otok Olib and merges into the N end of Pohlipski Kanal.
This channel is deep and has a minimum navigable width of 0.7 mile. It is often used by vessels proceeding to and from Zadar.
Good anchorage is ...
18 Sep 11

Ninsko Ljubacki Kanal Zadar

Ninsko-Ljubacki Kanal, a tortuous channel, connects the SE end of Kanal Nove Povljane with Ljubacka Vrata. This channel leads through the deep inlets which indent the SE coast of Otok Pag, on the NW side, and the mainland, on the SE side.
It is entered between Rt Prutna,which is ...
23 Jul 11

Barbatski Kanal

Il y a plusieurs baies dans Barbatski Kanal, entre l'île de Rab et l'île Dolin. Ces baies sont d'agréables mouillages le temps d'un déjeuner.
2 Aug 11

Rapski Kanal

Rapski Kanal is deep and leads between Otok Sveti Grgur and Otok Rab.
This channel is seldom used as the fairway is only 0.3 mile wide in places and several rocky patches lie adjacent to its S side.
4 Aug 11

Otok Silba

Silba is a small island, 8 km long where  there are no vehicles and no hotels. Inhabited since Roman times, the Latin "silva" (forest) which gave its name to the island is covered with trees.On the island there are shops, restaurants and taverns, caffe bars, post office, ...
27 Jul 11

Luka Karlobag

Little Harbour Ferries on the NE coast Canal Velebitska. Open it offers limited protection but can be a useful stop for supplies.
The city with its bell tower is remarkable by far.
Approach: no danger from the S. From the N, various shoals and rocks extend in places up to 0.3 ...
28 Mar 11

Luka Cesarica Karlobag

Small cove at NW from Karlobag.Approach: S coming from, attention to coral, rocks and shoals which extend up to 0.3 NM from the coast between Luka Cesarica and Karlobag.
From the N,  coast SE of Rt Jurisnica is clear of any danger.
At the bottom of the cove, a dock is used ...
28 Mar 11
Local Area

Croatia

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