What is a Spinnaker Sail

What is a Spinnaker Sail?

Introduction to Spinnakers

To answer the question of what is a spinnaker sail, here is a short intro to provide the bigger picture. Sailing downwind provides the sailor with several options of different sails to use so they can utilize the wind best, so we look to some of the different sails and their own uses, starting with Spinnaker sails.

Spinnaker sails are used a lot in sailing regattas so that when the boats are on a downwind leg of the race, a big balloon can be lofted to drag the boat along. If you are on a long sailing leg with light wind from behind, you may also decide to hoist a spinnaker to save using the engine and bring a locked in irons sailing trip springing back to life.

We’ll discuss the different spinnakers out there and their best uses and techniques on a sailing trip .

 

What is a spinnaker sail?

These are usually stored in the light weight bags in the bow cabin or some other locker onboard that can be eyed with distrust and occasionally fear. These sails are three times the size of an ordinary genoa, so they can be used to increase speed on downwind sailing journeys.

Types of spinnaker

There are 2 types of spinnaker sail. The first is an asymmetric spinnaker which is flown off the front of the boat from a bowsprit or fore stay with the genoa being stored down below. The second is a symmetric spinnaker that is used by connecting a bottom corner of this huge and mainly colourful sail by means of a pole that is connected to the mast.

Symmetric and Asymmetric Sails

The Asymmetric Spinnaker

Otherwise known as a cruising chute, the clew (the bottom corner a sheet is attached to) is higher than that of the ‘tack’ (the fixed bottom corner to the forestay or bowsprit on the centreline of the boat). These sails are slightly smaller than the symmetric spinnaker but easier to use as you don’t need 2 or 3 trained crew to operate them well or bring them down. Although it does mean quite a few gybes, speed can be kept up by sailing on a broad reach rather than dead downwind, If dead downwind sailing is wanted it maybe best to goosewing the main sail to the opposite side so that the bigger sail at the front isn’t blanketed by the main smaller main sail. Without using a pole this sail is more easily employed by single handed sailors.

The Symmetric Spinnaker

As the name refers, this sail is evenly shaped on both sides. It’s the biggest sail in the wardrobe and is the fastest for dead downwind sailing. However this does take a little experience to be totally comfortable sailing with, because if the wind gusts and you’re on a running sea, you could be in for a big roll with rails under the water line. Courses and education can be found on the RYA website before jumping into spinnaker sailing. The setting up of the symmetric spinnaker requires more on flat water preferably. There are 6 sheets needed to fly this sail which is a lot of work and setting up. Whilst hoisting this sail, care must have been taken in the previous packing of the sail so that it comes out nicely and not twisted around the forestay. Flying a sail of this size and potential power can make a big deal of difference to what you thought was going to be a relaxed downwind sailing trip.

Tips and Reminders for Spinnaker Sailing

  • make a choice based on how many crew there will be and their everyones levels of experience and training
  • check your required course alongside wind condition, because you may not need to gybe so much with a symmetric spinnaker
  • how fast do you actually need to be in comparison with how much hassle you would like onboard

This content is to give a basic introduction to 2 of the biggest sails that we see decorate the seas on light wind days.

To discuss anything further on this topic or subject, or to find out if the local conditions here in Barcelona will be suitable for spinnaker sailing whilst you’re here, simply drop us a note.

 

Why sail across the Atlantic in 2019

Why sail across the Atlantic in 2019

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The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2019

Why do people do it?

A little over 526 years ago Christopher Columbus headed west across the Atlantic for the first time from Las Palmas, covering around 2,700 nautical miles between 3 and 4 weeks. The sailing trip from Barcelona to Las Palmas itself is over 1,200 nautical miles to navigate along the Spanish coastline, the strait of Gibraltar then into the Atlantic ocean to make final preparations on the island of Gran Canaria whilst awaiting the trade winds.

The ARC now attracts sailors from many different backgrounds, approximately 800 people attempt this sailing trip on 200 boats. This event is a voyage of our times, whilst Columbus heralded the age of discovery, the ARC is an event vital to the age of self discovery. This is a modern human condition that questions our perception of leading a normal life and asking the questions, who am I and what the hell am I doing here?

Among this years participants are families, husbands, wives and 2 kids packed up in a 40 ft sailing boat for a sailing trip of self discovery. Initially reluctant sailors due to sea sickness, it was deemed not just important but a necessity to fulfil dreams and give their children a lifetime experience without wifi and games consoles. It took a while for the initial complaints to disperse but with homeschooling possible, the finer subtleties of life are slowly being appreciated as they now have an understanding that there is more to life than what the modern world currently provides.

There are a few vagabonds making an attempt to sail or drift across to their own versions of a promised land, drinking the wave not the water, be at one with nature, carpe diem. There are sailors that don’t have the luxury of their own boat but have a desire for freedom in return for some experienced watch keeping duties. For some of these crew members this will not be their first Atlantic crossing at all, people can be drawn for many other reasons, some for the fame, some to escape romantic complications and some in part of a safer crossing with company as part of a round the world voyage.

It would seem that for whatever reason people find to make the decision to take part in the ARC, the yearning to run before the trade winds wing to wing across one of the worlds greatest wilderness is something beautiful, that supports and lends a hand to ones self discovery. Christopher Columbus may have been commissioned to find an alternative route to a land of spices off the beaten track, away from a land crossing of Europe and Asia with all it’s perils. The gift of his frantic search over 500 years ago has led to this great sailing event taking place at a certain time each year when the trade winds kick in. Having the security of being accompanied with a gps and other safety devices enables our desire for self discovery, and there is still a mystery and magnificence to this sailing trip of a lifetime.

Why take a sailing trip with Sailing Barcelona

Why take a sailing trip with sailing barcelona?

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Why take a sailing trip with sailing barcelona?

As you start to consider your next holiday getaway, you might realize that it featured nothing more than inordinate crowds, pricy lodging options, monotonous tours, and a general lack of fulfillment. This should come as no surprise though, particularly when taking into account the booming nature of the global tourism industry. Barcelona is an extremely popular destination in the Catalan region within Spain, and tends to be teeming with hordes of tourists year-round, all of whom are seeking a memorable escape from where they’re from. Thus, a trip to Europe, Spain or Barcelona in general usually fizzles out fairly quickly, as the anxiety involved with having to compete for rides, bookings, and accommodations starts weighing on your travel group right from the onset. But with the right approach and some outside-the-box thinking, you can create a vacation plan that is not only affordable and inclusive, but also very relaxing, intimate and culturally enriching.

If you’re looking for an alternative holiday plan that allows you to experience natural beauty, incredible vistas, and the effervescence of the Mediterranean Sea, look no further than private sailing trips in Barcelona.

Why Take a Sailing Trip at all?

Recent studies have shown that sailing comes with a host of health benefits above and beyond the expected increase in cardiovascular fitness, agility, and muscular strength. The calming nature of the water, combined with the charged ions within the salty air, help your body organically process oxygen and increase serotonin levels. To boot, the rhythmic movement of the boat and the natural sounds of the oceanic environment have a positive effect on brain wave patterns, which soothes your wildest stresses and anxieties as you cruise along the coastlines.

However, due to the extensive requirements involved with sailing and staying safe on the water, it’s important to find the right sailing organizer to facilitate your trip. With this in mind, there are a few specific factors you should seek out before scheduling a sailing excursion.

Sail with a qualified and experienced skipper

If your goal is to experience a refreshing trip along the Mediterranean coastline without any of the overpriced and underwhelming boating tours commonly associated with the tourist trade, you should place your focus on small private sailing companies and skippers as opposed to the bigger operators that churn out sailing trip after sailing trip with skippers that don’t put an emphasis on the satisfaction of the guests. The very best private companies, such as Sailing Barcelona that operate under the umbrella of Excursions Barcelona, offer multiple cruises on a daily basis, all of which are led by qualified RYA/MCA skipper. Whether you wish to work in line with the sailors, hoisting and trimming sails, or simply want to relax with a cold beverage on the deck, you’ll be able to schedule a private sailing trip on a magnificent British-built vessel during most of the year. You can also choose to embark on a slow, romantic sunset journey, which cruises up and down Spain’s Mediterranean coastline as the sun sets on the colour-soaked horizon.

The laid-back nature of a private sailing journey allows you to feel safe on the water and truly let your hair down while seeing the sights. However, the key to unlocking a bespoke oceanic journey lies in choosing a reputable local trip organiser, such as the aforementioned Sailing Barcelona that has years of experience in day sailing trips. With their world-renowned skippers, top-notch vessels, and extensive knowledge of local life, you’ll be able to experience an unprecedented excursion in the midst of the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. After all, it has been said that the truest form of freedom rests comfortably in the expanse of our oceans, so start planning your excursion today!

If you have any unanswered questions or requests before making a booking, maybe for a special occassion or proposal. Contact the skipper directly!

Anchoring a Sailboat

Anchoring a Sailboat

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Anchoring a Sailboat

Unless you are far offshore you are going to need to park your boat. Your options are to go to a dock, pick up a mooring, or drop a hook.

For us, dropping anchor is most preferable so that means you need to know how to anchor well. This article is intended to provide information about the different types of anchor that are available to aid a good few hours sleep in an idyllic bay.

Just like driving, knowing how to stop the car is the most important thing to understand. Possessing good knowledge on how different anchors perform, should not just be learnt but practiced. Gambling with your family and friends safety, and your expensive yacht on sharp looking rocks, or other people’s boats should never be an option.

This is not going to be an article that covers every single anchor available. So whilst I look to cover a lot of good info to make informed choices, every boat, sailor, sea/river bottom, wind and tidal conditions are different, so consult manufacturers of the equipment and other sailors with similar boats or local people to gain a better understanding of your own circumstances and anchoring conditions, to keep your sailing trips alive. A lot can be learned from what others have experienced as well.

There are more types of anchors available to use than anyone will have a chance to try out unless you’re employed to conduct anchor tests. Nowadays modern anchors are a far cry away from the heavy objects such as stone, used many years ago. These modern day anchors are much lighter and are designed to dig in deeper the harder the boat pulls, using principles of physics and advanced engineering.

There are several types of anchor available to you:
  • The classics that act as hooks
  • Those that scoop
  • Claw shaped anchors
  • Those with flukes
  • Anchors that act as ploughs
The Traditional Hook/Fisherman’s Anchor

There are Grapnels that come with many hooks, and then there is the Fisherman anchor also known as the Admiralty Pattern. The Fisherman anchor is an ancient non-burying anchor design used for hundreds of years aboard all kinds of vessels around the world. Good for penetrating sea beds with rocks, kelp or weed, it has now become more popular as a tattoo or garden ornament, but is still a good ‘rock’ anchor.

Good Features:
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Holds on rock, kelp and weed
Alternative Things To Note:
  • Where will you stow it, and how will you handle it?
  • The pointed flukes could chaff or break an anchor line.
  • It doesn’t hold against dragging on a flat bottom
The Scoop Anchor

Scoop type anchors are a true design advance that perform very well indeed in nearly all cases. They are available in aluminium and galvanized steel. The aluminium versions may become weak but still perform well. The Raya version has an adjustable angle to suit soft and hard bottoms. The spade is a top performing anchor since its inception during the 1990’s. In theory and practice, the harder you pull, the deeper they dig to keep your sailing trip on track. There are a few types of Scoop anchor that come with a roll bar that will flip back into their working position even if dropped onto their backs. The only thing is that the shape of the roll bar scoop anchor can be flatter, compromising efficiency.

Good Features:
  • Will dig deep for excellent holding power
  • Resists dragging
  • Easy to stow on the bow
  • Will set into most bottoms
Alternative Things To Note:
  • They are very expensive
  • Could be difficult to retrieve with a manual windlass
  • They will bring up some of the seabed
Claw Anchors

This is a dainty looking anchor from the 1970’s that will set easily in a variety of conditions and bottoms, apart from weed. However though just because it sets well doesn’t mean it won’t drag if the wind picks up. Some of these are lightweight and you should buy the heaviest you can afford to keep a good piece of mind.

Good features:
  • Sets in most bottom types
  • Sets quickly
  • Reliable due to being a one piece construction
Alternative Things To Note:
  • It has a low drag value
  • Could catch on rocks and is bad in weed
Fluke Anchors

These kinds of anchor come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are a popular second anchor for a lot of boats in the Mediterranean. They can be bought fairly cheaply in comparison to others and stowed easily due to the folding head. Fortress and Guardian make light weight aluminium Fluke anchors giving you a healthy bang for your buck when it comes to holding power versus financial outlay. Danforth produces Fluke anchors since the 1940’s and are made in galvanized steel giving a high performance.

Good Features:
  • A good performer in soft sea beds
  • Stows easily
  • Great holding to weight ratio
  • Aluminium is non-corrosive
  • Not so expensive as most others
Alternative Things To Note:
  • Not as good on hard or shellfish seabeds
  • Can be flimsy and bend
  • Moving parts can fail or jam especially on the aluminium versions
  • On a breakout they may not reset themselves
The Plough Anchor

This has been and still is a very popular anchor with great versatility from the 1940’s. Most people will know of the CQR types available, and the many different versions can come with slots down the shaft so that the anchor line becomes the trip line when passed over for easier removal. Holes in the head can offer a trip line to be attached for easy removal. Convex shapes are available and even bubbles have been placed in the head, designed for first time setting. The versatility means it can be a good choice for sailors that take their sailing trips to many different anchoring points in many different conditions. The designs with a pin between the head and shaft allow the anchor to remain set fast, even if the wind or tide change their direction a bit. This is a moving part though and older types should be checked for wear and possible failure. Beware of cheap Chinese knock offs with this type of anchor. It’s worth bearing in mind though that even after all the good points about this type of anchor, a plough is designed to plough. Buy a big heavy one.

Good Features:
  • Will stabilize itself very well
  • On a breakout it will reset itself
  • High performance in most hard seabeds
Alternative Things To Note:
  • Must be checked for wear and tear of the swivel head
  • Will “pough” in soft mud
  • Heavy to bring up manually

Endnote On Anchor Types And Selection:

Your family, friends and the boat are important, so don’t go cheap or limit yourself with cheap imitations. For your anchor choice it isn’t just about buying the heaviest one you can afford. It should be based on design and holding power, what does it have to resist, and in what conditions?

Two main factors determine an anchor’s holding power, set and hold, the surface area and the depth of seabed above it. Many tests have been performed by yachting monthly, practical sailor and west marine, but there are so many variables involved. It is very hard to simulate real world conditions, but they do try to be as fair as possible.

Anchor rode also played a significant part in which anchor will performed better during the tests. A generally high performing Scoop/Spade anchor will not perform as well as a fortress anchor, with a scope of 3:1, but will at 5:1.

There is a huge difference between an anchor for a dinghy, or a 50ft catamaran in 50 knots of wind and changeable sea conditions.

We have invested in a spade scoop anchor for the bow, because it is the best performer for our Rival 38 sailing around the Mediterranean Sea. For the stern we use a Fortress Fluke anchor, and have kept the Plough anchor for just in case we have a hard sea bed or need 2 anchors from the bow when conditions pick up.

Due diligence is the best of all luck so, anchor as though you plan to stay for weeks, even if you’re intending to leave in an hour!

Happy Hooking, for the rest of your Sailing Trips!

Restoring a Rival 38’s cabins

Restoring a Rival 38’s cabins

Restoring a Rival 38’s Bow and Aft Cabins
Sailing trips of longer passages require a certain amount of comfort if you are away at sea for over 1 day. Guests need to cook, clean and importantly sleep to enjoy their stay aboard a boat. One of the great pleasures of being onboard a boat can be sleeping onboard, with the calming sounds of the waves lapping against the hull. But not if you are cold with a damp smell coming from your cabin. With this in mind, the aft cabins and double bow cabin became a complete overhaul and refurbishment project during the quieter winter months of 2016
The initial idea and concept was a simple one:
  • A sturdy build to keep in with the rest of the boat
  • An end result that would also increase a resale value
  • To give an impression of being spacious and comfortable in a small space
The aft cabins were stripped back to the bare fibreglass hull and battened out so that they could be refitted with 6mm plywood. Not two pieces were the same shape and almost every piece had a series of compound angles to keep close to the boat’s shape, thereby keeping as much available space as possible. A handy shelf was able to be put in 1 area so that sleeping sailors had a safe place to store valuables such as keys, wallet and phones. Things dropped in the wrong place on a boat can become owned by the boat’s bilge and never be seen again! Sharp edges that could cause damage were fitted with plastic corner protectors to minimize cuts and scrapes. The finish was decided to be in a light stone colour.

The bow cabin was not quite such a drastic refurbishment because what was there already was in an okay condition and was workable. A cream leather lining was stuck to a foam backing which was then stuck to a shaped plastic cut out to give the correct shape to be fitted. Again the cabin had battens along the fiberglass to provide secure fastening points for the leather lining. Once the 2 linings had been attached it was the tricky job of finishing off the edges with wood trim.

Now when the boat is booked up for a long distance private sailing trip, we know to the best of our knowledge that we have done everything possible to ensure the comfort of our guests. With a happily content crew fast asleep in their cabins, this gives even the skipper a few well earned hours rest on the hook!

Tips for beating sea/motion sickness

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Stuff you do when there isn’t any wind!

Tips for beating sea/motion sickness

Here are a few tips on beating sea/motion sickness. Repeated motion can cause a disturbance of the inner ear that leads some people to feel unwell. This is due a change in a person’s equilibrium and sense of balance. Anyone can develop motion sickness, even the most experienced of sailors from time to time. A lack of good sleep after partying too hard, a few alcoholic drinks the night before and a fried breakfast sound like a good time to most, but can backfire out on the open seas.

Sea sickness mainly affects children, pregnant women and people that suffer migraines the most but natural precautions are at hand for sensitive folks. Are any of you out there lovers of Asian food? Many remedies can be found in 1 dish for a simple and tasty fix prior to sailing.

One a good note, 75% of people that will become acclimated to the sea and are naturally cured of the affliction. For the 25% of people that just cannot get there bodies adjusted to the roll of the seas. We recommend that you look for other and more fulfilling pastimes, as if I were to amend the description of misery in the dictionary, it would simply say “seasickness”

Symptoms of seasickness are the same as the symptoms suffered from car sickness and turbulence caused from air travel.

Symptoms caused by motion sickness are:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • A general feeling of feeling unwell
It may be impossible to prevent sea/motion sickness at the time as choppy seas with a lot of waves, combined with a lack of wind can accelerate the process significantly.

In all cases, prevention is much better than cure, as a cure when the inevitable has happened is extremely hard to find. Our prevention tips are as follows:

1. Food consumption. Eat a light meal prior to sailing, without much spice or fat rich foods. With the obvious being avoiding alcohol and other diuretic drinks, as they help to release salt and water from the body that ends up causing dehydration. In looking for the right foods, we need to find the foods that contain high antihistamine properties. Histamine is an organic compound inside us all that acts as a neurotransmitter. Excessive release of these neurotransmitters is what causes the nauseous feeling that leads to vomiting.

  • Fruit such as apples, bananas, peaches, capers and pomegranate are easy foods to incorporate into a diet before and during a sailing trip. These fruits contain flavonoids such as Quercetin, this is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize mast cells to prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds.
  • Vegetables such as watercress, pea sprouts, broccoli, garlic and onion can be cooked into dishes a day or 2 before sailing. They also have many other good properties to ensure a healthy diet. Watercress is considered one of the most nutrient dense plants commonly available.
  • Herbs such as basil, thyme, tarragon, chamomile, nettle, nigella seeds and peppermint are also potent antihistamines. One of the most effective herbs is moringa. Classed as a superfood moringa inhibits 72% of histamine released. These herbs are also some of the highest antioxidant food sources amongst herbs.
  • Rhizomes are subterranean stems of plants that are usually found underground sending out roots and shoots from it’s nodes. These are foods like tumeric, galangal, lotus root and last but not least ginger. Ginger is the winner here for most people as it has traditionally been used as a H2 inhibitor. and can be taken in many forms.
Raw Ginger Root

Ginger can be taken in many forms to make this a simple prevention for sea sickness. For different ways on how to incorporate this into your diet prior to sailing, I recommend that you read this very useful article by the motion sickness guru. It goes into the finer details on the forms that ginger can be taken such as raw ginger root, powder, tablet and capsules, candy, biscuits and real ginger ale.

This must be in your system at least 2 hours prior to sailing so it can have the best affect. We find that ginger candy, biscuits and tea are good ways to consume ginger whilst out sailing whilst providing much needed energy and hydration. Although some of the suggestions for ginger intake can seem contradictory as they contain high sugar levels. It is important to remember the ancient roman philosopher Lucretius’s saying that goes “One man’s meat is another man’s poison”.

2. Choosing a good position to travel in. Going below deck maybe the first thing you want to do so that you can go hide in a corner and pray for the sick feeling to dissipate, but it is also the worst thing you can do. All this does is increase the disorientated feeling as there isn’t a horizon to look for and will feel like you have just jumped into a washer machine on full cycle.

As we sail around we like to encourage the experience of sailing first hand, so this gives us the opportunity to introduce someone new to the helm. By taking the helm under guided instruction this will assist the person feeling unwell by helping to win their own battle of mind over matter. By keeping to a certain course and by fixating the line of sight onto a point on the horizon will reduce the mixed up signals caused by histamines to the brain.

If the colour green has already appeared on the victims face then taking the helm maybe a little too late and the concentration to steer the boat may not be there within. Our next trick is to assist the victim so that they are lying down in the area of the boat that moves the least on deck. On our Rival sailing boat it is best to lie down on your back either within the cockpit a bench that is on the downwind side or on the teak deck, central and by the shrouds. By being in one of these 2 areas, it stops the victim from rolling around to much or falling off the bench, or even worse from falling overboard. Again we take away some of the mixed up messages caused by the release of histamines by eliminating some of the rolling effect. The up and down effect will still be felt and noticeable but the nauseous feeling should be gone after a short time. Some of our crew and associates have experienced their best sleeps and periods of relaxation by laying down with nothing but the sound of the seas for company.

Sailing with friends and our sailing associates

Sailing with friends and our sailing associates

Spring brings perfect sailing conditions
On a crisp and sunny afternoon during the beginning of April we had great sailing conditions and company with our friends and sailing associates.
One of our sailing friends that joined us on this sailing trip was kind enough to take these pictures of our afternoon adventures, sailing outside of Port Olympic. Not only do these pictures showcase an adventurous afternoons sailing, but there are a lot more to see on her own travel blog. The blog is a personal account of travelling in many destinations around the world of what different cultures have to offer. The blog called I travel 4 life is not just perfect for people new to traveling looking for the get up and go motivation to experience what the world has to offer. I recommend the blog for seasoned expats too as some of the travel stories and articles resonate between us all. Enjoy a good read and get inspired!

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Restoring the Chart Table and other Furniture below deck — Sailing Trips Barcelona

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Stuff you do when there isn’t any wind!

Restoring the Chart Table and other Furniture below deck

Since 1978 this boat has been whisking sailors through the seas and oceans of our planet. It has held a strict course over ground and even won a race or 2 in her time. I’m told it was an Atlantic crossing nonetheless. I won’t go too much further into the boats exploits as after all, I’m here to sand it and restore to its original finesse.

1 thing that really does stand out here is the fact that smartphone cameras are not up to the job (soon to be rectified)!! The traditionally built framing is still very sturdy and in good nick, so it is just a case of seeing to the aesthetics of the furniture to my relief. Along with this piece and the other parts of the interior teak work the work entailed was pretty much the same apart from the very worn areas receiving an extra top coat to keep a regular patina throughout.

Sanded and ready to Varnish

All done apart from 1 final coat needed on the drawer fronts

Sailing in January

Cool temperatures bring perfect sailing trip conditions

Here’s a few pictures of 2 sailing trips we have had in the last couple of weeks
The captain has a new toy (for the association), so hence the upcoming artistry in the picture to come. There are some great boats to be seen out on the open sea. 1 we all spotted here recently was this twin masted, a classic sailing boat with a high angle bowsprit. The word bowsprit was anglicized from an old German word meaning bow and pole in the early 17th century. This enabled forestays to be placed further forward for supporting the foremast, and also to enable an extra sail up front for more propulsion in good winds.
A great group from Canada came along on a trip in December that had great fun and was a pleasure to take out. We were able to take the time perfecting our sail trim as we ride around some good strong gusts of wind on a close haul point of sail.
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Take a Gothic Quarter walking tour before experiencing a Sailing Trip

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From the old to the new, a perfect day!

Booking a boat tour here on your holidays is a great way to meet other like-minded travelers to share good times and make new friends. For the romantic, chartering a classic sailing boat all to yourselves for an exclusive sail trip around the Catalan coastline will be an unforgettable experience. A tour into the old town is just the way to build an appetite for this.

Barcelona is a vibrant city that attracts and charms all walks of life in the millions every year. Taking time to wander around the historical Gothic quarter is an absolute must. This is the area that Barcelona was built around after the settlement of the Romans. It was Caesar Augustus in 14 AD that formalized the name Barcino from other similar mythical names such as Barkenon and Barca Nino. Some of the detailing in the buildings and monuments will take you back in awe, whilst you wind your way through the enclosed back alleys, transporting you back to medieval times. It is easy to imagine sailors of old frequenting this area to unwind after a long sail, fishing in the Mediterranean Sea for some of the local delicacies on offer here.

This is also an area that I would personally recommend to opt in for a walking tapas tour. If an organized walking tour is not your preference, a good place (and my favorite place) to start would be the Santa Caterina Market to the Eastern edge of the Gothic Quarter in El Born. Well away from the majority of tourists you can enjoy high quality fresh local food, and I can’t leave this article without mentioning the rabbit croquet and different types of meats and cheeses on offer with a glass of Cava.

The heat does build up in this area without relent and doesn’t rely on GPS to get you out within the tight, high alleys of solid stone. To finish a visit to this area, a short walk to the sea for a breath of sea breeze is most welcome. Sit and chill in one of the numerous outside bars restaurants is a well-deserved treat as the sun beats down. To escape the city heat as a priority and to take in the spectacular Catalan coastline without walking your socks off, come to see us down at Port Olympic for a spectacular boat tour to feel rejuvenated once again. We can provide you with the thrill of sailing on a sailing trip that fills your needs. You can kick back and relax as you sunbathe on deck whilst we do all the hard work of mooring the boat, tacking, jibing and trimming the sails. Or for the more engaged and adventurous of sailor types, we would be happy for you to crew with us and be fully involved with the handling of the boat itself. Check out our sailing trips page to see if there could be a time that would fit in with your exploration of the ancient Gothic quarter of medieval Barcino.