Caprera’s Sailing Center

Today I want to bring you back the testimony of one of our guests about a wonderful experience lived in Sardinia during this spring.
Needless to say how pleased he could be to have participated in what I am about to tell you, so much so that as soon as he returned to the Baia Turchese Olbia’s residence he has described me entirely his “adventure”.
In this article I will talk about the Sailing Center of Caprera and the courses offered by this renowned sailing school.

A cabin cruiser docked at the CVC.

The Sailing Center of Caprera (or also CVC) is one of the most famous training centers in the world on the art of going by sea by the wind.
Why art? Because knowing how to use a sailing boat requires the study of nature and specific techniques, passion for the discipline, love for the sea, the desire to venture into something new.
Who decides to attend one of the many sailing courses held at the CVC can also just be interested in learning something that in life, you never know, can be useful in a unique natural context.
Not only that, this experience will teach the team spirit, mutual trust, respect for the surrounding nature: values ​​that today’s world struggles a bit to teach us but that we must never forget.
In short, an emotionally important 360-degree experience that will also train you in everyday life.
And then, I think that knowing how to maneuver a small sailing vessel, understand its constitution and its parts, know the names of the winds and their respective directions, the waves and meteorology, rediscovering geography and knowing how to make resistant knots are interesting notions to add to the own baggage of personal skills!

The nocturnal quiet in Caprera.

The CVC is placed in a unique location: in the south-west area of ​​the beautiful island of Caprera in La Maddalena archipelago.
The ocher-yellow warmed by the sun rocks sculpted by the wind and the waves, the turquoise and crystalline waters, the small bays set in the coast and the clean air are the natural frame.
The school is designed to “absorb” the participants completely and allow them the most appropriate concentration to address the courses: it’s located in a wild place far from population centers, the use of the telephone is limited, of course never granted during lessons, and musical devices are not welcome.
The life inside the center is similar in many respects to that on board: the spirit of sharing and sacrifice are necessary, the importance of teamwork is central and, in turn, it will also happen to have to deal with the order of the kitchen and of the canteen.
All these rules are collected within a 9-point list called “Life standards” that you find at this link.
There will obviously be moments of fun and to make new acquaintances with the other participants, there are also markets to buy technical clothing or food and drinks.

The naturalistic landscape of CVC.

The CVC’s courses are divided according to the previous knowledge of the participants and the type of boat they want to train on. In general, all have a duration of one week, at the end of which you will have acquired enough knowledge to be able to use on a boat.
It should be noted that at the end of a single course you will not be fully trained to take a boat independently and face the sea: to do this you must attend courses that gradually increase in level and give more specific lessons.
As a rule, especially the initiation courses, provide theoretical lessons on the ground and practical lessons on boats at sea.
Not only that, some types of courses are also designed for children, from 12 years. Also for them the experience will prove to be educational in terms of formative and character.
You can find the types of courses on the home page of the CVC website.

The turquoise water and the dock.

Basically, the types of sailing boats on which the lessons are focused are two: dinghies and cabin cruisers. The dinghies are small-scale sailing boats intended solely for sporting use. The cabinets, however, can reach much larger dimensions, are equipped with an internal cabin and instead of the drift (so called the fin placed under the hull that prevents the overthrow of the boat) have the so-called “bulb”.
The cabin cruisers can therefore take longer distances and navigate offshore, but they are much more complicated to maneuver.
For those facing for the first time in this world it is absolutely advisable to first tackle the courses with the dinghies so as to become familiar with smaller and more easily manoeuvrable boats.
The necessary requirements are basic and do not require specific physical skills.
It is compulsory to know how to swim, in fact at the beginning of any cycle a swimming test is carried out to test the abilities of the participants.
You need the medical certificate that can be downloaded from the CVC website at this link, to be completed and signed by your doctor.
As I already pointed out in the initial part of the article it is necessary to have a great spirit of adventure, cohabitation and teamwork. The courses are not personal, just as life at sea is often. Few, very few, are the boats that provide a maneuverability performed in single.

For any other clarification on the matter, the official website of the Center provides a large page dedicated to the FAQ that will surely answer all your doubts.

A splendid glimpse of Caprera.

To conclude, I would like to tell you again how much our dear guest of Baia Turchese Olbia has enjoyed and is satisfied with the experience.
I find it hard not to believe it.
Every day we are used to a life always connected to computers and telephones, polluting cars and noisy cities. Return, even if for a few days, to enjoy a natural and clean lifestyle, rich in values ​​and humanity, in contact with the beauties offered by nature and with the force of the wind in the stern that pushes us quickly over the waves, can really do only good.

The island of Caprera, world-renowned natural heritage, is located in the beautiful La Maddalena archipelago, and can be easily reached from the Baia Turchese Olbia resort by car.
Leaving the residence, take the SS 125 in the direction of Olbia airport. Continue straight ahead towards the marina. When you are in the long underpass that crosses the city, follow the signs for Arzachena and Palau.
Continue on the road and when you reach Arzachena follow the signs to Palau. In Palau you can board ferries to La Maddalena and from here the transport will be at the expense of the CVC (in summer by sea and in winter by bus).

 

If you need more information or would like a free quote for your stay in Sardinia at Baia Turchese Olbia, do not hesitate to contact us at commercialebaiaturchese@gmail.com or by calling +39 389 9361910.

Vermentino’s fest in Monti

Welcome back on Baia Turchese Olbia’s blog!

In today’s post I want to talk about a very felt event in the whole area of ​​Olbia and where many guests who have stayed with us have happily participated. We too have been there every year and we can not wait to go there again!
Today I will talk about the famous Vermentino’s fest in Monti, which is held every year on the first Sunday of August in Monti.

Before describing how the festival takes place and explaining why you will not be able to not enjoy it, let’s open a brief break on the history of this wine that will always be present during a good meal based on fish dishes in Sardinia.
The white and semi-aromatic Vermentino grape has an origin that is still not very clear today: some believe it comes from the north-east of Spain, others from the island of Madeira in Portugal. From Spain it would then spread first to France and then to Liguria. In Liguria it assumed the name of Vemettino, name with which it was exported to Corsica. Only from the second half of the ‘800 it arrives in Gallura and takes the name we know today.
The Vermentino di Gallura is DOCG (of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) and is one of the strongest varieties in terms of alcohol content. Another variety is the Vermentino di Sardegna (DOC), slightly fresher and suitable to accompany aperitifs.

Let’s briefly describe its properties: in general Vermentino is a dry white wine with a straw yellow color. After tasting it you will not be able to not grasp the aromas of wild flowers and also a note of yellow peach to complete the whole.
It is recommended to combine it with seafood appetizers and fish dishes.
Personally I think that you can not give wrong to the combination fish-vermentino: indeed, I take this opportunity to recommend absolutely a nice dinner in one of the many restaurants near the Baia Turchese Olbia residence. Spaghetti with clams and bottarga and a glass of Vermentino!

About the location of the fest, this is particular too.
First of all, the small town of Monti is located about twenty kilometers in the hills just outside Olbia. Reaching it is easy: from the Baia Turchese Olbia residence, head towards the airport. Follow the signs for Sassari. You will arrive to take the new motorway E840, always in the direction of Sassari. After about fifteen minutes, follow the signs for Monti. A few miles of car on a slightly uphill road that winds through the hills and you have arrived at your destination.
Do not worry about parking: the good organizers of the Vermentino’s fest prepare more parking areas and will show you where to park at your arrival.

The trip from Baia Turchese Olbia to Monti (OT).

Monti (www.comune.monti.ss.it/vivere/cultura) is a small hill town and its panorama offers you a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. The village is surmounted, protected, by a modest green peak. It seems that it is there to watch over Monti and its inhabitants.
The center of the village is crossed by a road on which sides there are all the shops, bars and restaurants.

Let’s move on to the main reason for your visit: the Vermentino’s fest!
Unfortunately, as I wrote at the beginning of the post, the festival is held only once a year on the first Sunday of August.
The atmosphere is joyous, cheerful, you can hear music coming from everywhere, all the bars are equipped with music stations and prepare tables and seats outside their verandas for visitors serving aperitifs and snacks: we are in the central street of Monti, closed to traffic for the fest, occupied entirely by the stalls where you will also find souvenirs to take home as a souvenir of your exciting holiday in Sardinia 2018.
Along the way you will see that everyone, who more quickly and others, head to the same place, the real beating heart of the fest.
I’m talking about the Vermentino di Monti’s winery (www.vermentinomonti.it/it/): in front of you opens a large space with many people who happily eat, chat and dance.
As we enter the square the music coming from the stage becomes gradually stronger and we begin to breathe a pleasant scent of grilled meat in the air.
You’ll arrive as the sky begins to darken with colors tending to pink and dark blue, with still the warm breath of the earth exposed all day to the sun that surrounds you, a magical atmosphere. The fest has just begun.

Moments of huge celebration at Vermentino’s fest.

You can freely access the fest, but with less than a dozen of euros you will have the right to go to the food stand where you will be served dishes with fresh grilled sausage, pecorino cheese and typical bread. You will also be given a glass placed inside a practical bag to hang around the neck: as well as being a nice memory of the evening, you will need to go to the wine stand where you can taste how many times you want both the Vermentino and the Cannonau (a firm dark red wine, famous on the same level as Vermentino and which goes well with meat dishes).

While the party continues ‘til late, you can visit the Vermentino winery and view the production stages or buy some bottles to take home or enjoy while you have a good dinner in your apartment in Baia Turchese Olbia.
A few steps from the heart of the party, on reservation, you can participate in a tasting of wines and typical cheeses explained and told by expert sommelier.

The large square and Vermentino’s winery.

The fest is set to close, tomorrow another day full of new experiences awaits you and a good rest is a must to face it with so much energy!
I remind you again that the Vermentino’s fest is held only once a year, precisely the first Sunday of August.

Your holiday in Sardinia will give you so many exciting moments full of joy with your partner, your family or your friends, not only during the day admiring paradisiac landscapes but also in the evening participating in food and wine experiences of this kind.

 

If you need more information or would like a free quote for your stay in Sardinia at Baia Turchese Olbia, do not hesitate to contact us at commercialebaiaturchese@gmail.com or by calling +39 389 9361910.