Although an often overlooked sailing destination, Poland presents lots of opportunities for Yacht Charter enthusiasts, both along the Baltic coast and on the Masurian Lakes. There are wonderful beaches, an interesting history and an even more attractive cuisine which can satisfy all age groups of tourists.
Located in the south of the Baltic Sea, snuggled between Germany
and Russia, Poland is beginning to look more and more enticing to the Yacht Charter crowds due to the developments in later years. The most famous region for sailing is the Masurian Lakes District which is located in the northeastern part of the country and which has a good infrastructure of yacht harbors and marinas.
After the break from the communist regime, yacht charter Poland really came through in terms of tourism and that includes Yacht Charter. Today, the sailing in Poland is concentrated in Gdynia, the former estuary of the Oder River and the western shore of the Gdansk Bay.
The geography of the country’s littoral is marked by the numerous ice ages that have occurred in the region. As a result, the coast has some spits of different sizes and shapes, coastal lakes and dunes. Larger indentations in the otherwise straight coastline are the Szczecin Lagoon, Bay of Puck and the Vistula Lagoon. To the northeast extends the Masurian Lake District which is formed by a series of moraine belts along the south Baltic Sea shore.
The vegetation and fauna in Poland are famous for their beauty, diversity and unspoiled character. Species that have long died out in other parts of Europe can still be found in the forests of Poland. The coastline in particular is the breeding ground for many migratory birds and thus presents a large interest for Yacht Charter tourists with a love for nature.
The country’s climate is classified as temperate but as you head further north and closer to the coast, it can be described as oceanic. For the Yacht Charter sailor, the things to remember are that the predominant winds blow from the southwest to the northwest during the summer months. Starting with the month of May and ending with September, the expected wind speeds are 2-5 m/s near the shore with an increase to 4-6m/s in open waters. Sudden and abundant rainfalls are frequent during the summer months. However, June, July and August are the warmest and the driest months of the year.
Law & Order
Upon entering Polish waters, all foreign boats must clear with Customs and Immigration at any major port. The same is expected when clearing the country. For those Yacht Charter crews coming from an EU country this involves just a passport check. Among the ports that have Customs and Immigration control are Swinemunde, Ziegenort and Stettin.
Yacht charter Poland
is part of the Schengen agreement and rules for immigration within this space are applied. Yacht Charter skippers don’t need to fly the Q flag, but it is the skipper’s responsibility to report the yacht’s arrival. The formalities shouldn’t take too long as often they consist only in a passport check and declaring a crew list.
Some restrictions apply to firearms which must be declared upon entry in the country and to onboard pets which are required to have a passport, a microchip and a current health certificate.