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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +39 389 9361910.