Mediterranean Sailing Holidays
A typical week’s Mediterranean sailing course
Meet skipper/instructor and fellow crewmates. Relax in the Mediterranean marina at Port Andratx. In the evening enjoy a meal at one of the superb restaurants on the beautiful harbour.
Course introduction and safety brief. Pre departure engine checks and maintenance. Deck layout, general seamanship and further safety aspects including fire drill. Short passage, anchoring in a Cala for lunch. Manoeuvring under engine including tight circle turning, using prop walk and prevailing wind conditions, berthing alongside and bow/stern to. Sail handling and reefing. Sail to Marina or secluded Cala for evening and nights stay.
Passage planning and chart work including electronic navigational aids. Plan your anchorages and strategies taking into account expected weather conditions, including manoeuvring under sail including sailing upwind, tacking, gybing, heave to and man overboard. Rope work including coiling, stowage and knots.
Further sail training including day and coastal skipper passage planning and skipper responsibilities on short detailed passages with navigational considerations. Short night time passage to perhaps Palma with an entrance to marina in darkness.
Further passage planning and pilotage. Student skippers taking more responsibility. Simulated emergencies. Close quarters handling
Further sail training and revision to polish up on any weaknesses. Back to base by 1630 for final debrief and issue of certificates. Boat clean and depart boat by 1800 hours
If you wish to have a relaxing Mediterranean weekend sail with a skipper then you may do so for these two days at extra cost.
The above represents a typical weeks activities and is often amended to suit students strengths and weaknesses and the combination of courses being run. Most activities are practised throughout the week.