Sailing on the Costa Brava
By sailing I mean a boat with a sail rather than an engine, thats what sailing is on BlueDome The Costa Brava offers the sailor a wide choice of where and what to sail. From chartering a race ready 5GS monohull to a tiny laser dinghy. The region has 15 marinas to choose from, starting in the north with Portbou and running south to Blanes.
Safe moorings are available to visiting boats and the marinas all have excellent facilities for both boats and crews. In addition to the marinas there exists a coastline dotted with coves and beaches that offer great anchorages away from the crowds, in fact many sections of the coastline are only available to the sailors.
The Estacio Nautica at L’Estartit has a range of sailing boats available starting with the little sailbots called ‘Raquero’, similar to a Mirror dinghy. The larger boats which are used for yacht training are the popular J24 class.
The courses run from three hour introduction courses to the full range of training required to achieve recognised sailing qualifications. The training system in place is the one operated by the Catalan Sailing Federation and the qualifications are accepted throughout the sailing world. All the boats are maintained to a high standard and all the instructors have the top qualifications required for sail training. Add in the wondefrul weather, reliable wind conditions, fantastic coastline, lovely harbours and the amazing food there can be few places in Europe to match L’Estartit.
The Estacio Nautica Santa Susanna offers a different range of sailing choices. Due to the location of the centre the sailing is based around beach launched dinghies and the thrilling Hobie Cats. If there was ever a way of getting a buzz out of sailing the Hobie Cat must be it. The design is a world beater and the boats are fast and safe in the right hands. The ability to plane onto one hull gives the crew a great ride and the fact that they can launch from and then sail back onto a beach makes the Hobie a good choice for sailing centres.
The Hobie has a lot of design features that make it a good boat for sailing centres. Firstly, the mainsail does not have a boom. The boom is a mean piece of metal that supports the foot of the sail and can be vicious if it catches your head when tacking or jibing. Being hit by the boom of a small boat can be very painful so the main danger for novice sailors has been removed from the Hobie.
The platform for the crew is large and even three can sail without falling over each other. The trapeze which allows the crew to swing out to stabilise the boat is easy to use and the foot straps are not so tight that they can trap feet and legs.
Prices for hiring a Hobie from the Estacio Nautica Santa Susanna range from 30€ for an hour to 250€ for a block of 10 hours taken in multiples of hourly sessions, a half day hire is just 75€. The
Estacio Nautica also has Vela dinghies available and these are just 20€ for an hour. Not quite the same thrill as the Hobie but a lot easier to handle if you plan to sail with young children.
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L’Estartit and the Ille de Medes - Roses -Santa Susanna