Komiza is a small town in the southwest of the island of Vis. It was first mentioned in 1145 as Val Comeza in the grant of the Zadar ruler Peter, who ruled central Dalmatian islands. Under Venetian rule, Komiza with Vis belongs to the municipality of Hvar and is rapidly developing as a center of fishing in this part of Adriatic. The rapid growth has enabled the construction of churches, forts and houses in Komiza. Under Austrian rule Komiza gets independent municipality and grew into a town with all necessary facilities. At the beginning of the 20th century Komiža became the largest settlement on the island of Vis, with almost 4,000 inhabitants, and seven fish processing factories. Then a large breakwater and present port were built. With the collapse of the Austro – Hungarian the growth of Komiza also stops. Many residents are moving out into the distant California and continues its long fishing tradition and there.
Among the many sights in Komiza is the parish church of St Nicholas (Muster) with the remains of a Benedictine monastery. As St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, fishermen, travelers and children, it makes sense that he is the protector of Komiža. In his honor every year on December 6 people of Komiža are doing the traditional burning of an old wooden boat.
For the feast of St. Nicholas City of Komiza organizes multi-day cultural events, theater performances and concerts. Sailing club Mornar from Split also participates in this event by organizing every year the regatta St. Nicholas for singles and two. Regatta takes place i term 2. to 6. of December on demanding, 160 NM long route: Split – O. Stipanska (Maslinica) – Glavat – Palagruza – Komiza.
As every year, our Ultra Figaro II with Emil Tomasevic participated in the regatta St. Nicolas. From 13 registered boats 10 of them sailed until the end. UltraFigaro was the third ship that crossed the finish line in Komiža. As the first two boats had two members and Emil was sailing alone, UltraFigaro is the first solo. This year, the awards for the winners of the regatta are special as they were made by children from the center for education Juraj Bonači Split. The results of the race can be found here.
Article by Inga Tomasevic