Category: Sailing news

What Makes Sailing an Experience?

Safety is Everything!

Little do most yacht passengers know to what rigorous lengths the vessel’s personnel go, in order to ensure the safety of all who sail in her.  On a regular basis, the qualified instructors at Barcelona Watersports extend their experience and… knowledge of every important aspect of water sports to the crews on board super yachts and large passenger-carrying vessels. With over 21 years of RYA training experience, Barcelona Watersports instructors practice world recognised methods to teach crews various levels of watercraft safety.  The RYA continually express the need for safety on the water. The necessity to learn how to handle machines, as well as vessels, is a vital part of respecting the value of safety at sea.

Last week, despite the winds and daunting clouds, crew aboard an impressive mega yacht underwent strict RYA training and completed their Personal Watercraft Proficiency course. It was both satisfying and rewarding to continue to deliver the RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor course. Congratulations to all 5 crew members who successfully passed!

The yacht, harboured at the large port area of The Garraf’s capital city just outside Barcelona, shared its backdrop last week with the snow-covered hills surrounding the city of Vilanova i la Geltrú. However, these unusual weather conditions did nothing to deter the all-important training.

There are no short-cuts to safety and Barcelona Watersports have built its reputation on that.  It’s what makes a truly comfortable and enjoyable sailing experience.

This morning, as the Barcelona weather returns to its reliable shining glory, the wonderfully impressive, 95 metre luxury motor mega yacht sits proudly at sea, served competently by its well-trained crew.  Another worthwhile and rewarding week for Barcelona Watersports.

If you would like to get up close and personal to some of the world’s finest superyachts, come along to the MYBA Charter Show 2018.  It will be held at our home: OneOcean Port Vell, Barcelona Monday 23rd – 

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What is it About Sailing?

That Gets You Hooked

t was during the MYBA show, recently held at our home in Port Vell, Barcelona, where superyachts meet the rich and famous, that we shared the discovery of what an adventure sail really is!

Faith, ironically a name every sailor shares with the sea, took command of ‘No Limits’ our beautiful Beneteau sailing yacht. As she made her way out of the port,  she passed the imposing grandeur of super yachts. Some as large and spacious as palaces. For those of us on board, this was a time to witness the knowledge and skills required of every good skipper.

The weather was bright with sunshine and cloud, warm but growing a little cooler when out in the deep waters.  Distinctly, the wind was set to ‘perfect’. Perfect in the sense that this was not only the time to relax and enjoy the Barcelona skyline but also a time for us to learn. We were to be surprised by the fun and constant activity that, at times, can be on board a sailing yacht.

Just five minutes in and already we were sharing an unintended learning experience. Faith, who confidently and professionally took control, unwittingly ‘taught’ the guests the laws of the sea. We heard about the hive of daily activity that takes place in these familiar waters. Also, of course, how practical skills come to play the part of an optimum sailing experience.

Something, that perhaps not all sailing guests expect, is the introduction to on-board safety. You know from the start that Barcelona Watersports insist on its crews being absolute professionals. Once on-board and following the safety drill (which, by the way, is nothing ‘heavy’) we were advised of facilities down below and invited to drinks and snacks.

On this particular April day, even with winds quite strong, there was no doubt that all the guests were thoroughly relaxed. Totally confident in the yacht and her skipper we were enjoying the invigorating experience. Out at sea, ‘No Limits’ could quite easily have been mistaken for being at a standstill. However, in fact, Faith had skilfully managed the sails and ‘No Limits’ was actually sailing at a smooth nine knots.

We were so tranquil and gloriously relaxed by now as we had all engaged in interesting conversation telling jokes and sharing stories. As the wind picked up again, ‘No Limits’ turned back towards the familiar skyline heading back to port. We were, once again, captivated by Faith’s energetic tales of everyday life on the water. We heard how large passenger-carrying vessels made their daily trips in and out of this amazing city and how the huge commercial tankers and cargo ships went about their business.

By the time ‘No Limits’ came alongside, the dominant and almighty yachts were forming a majestic shadow against the slow sunset.  Then it could only have been the valuable training and skilful expertise that so impressively reversed ‘No Limits’ into her key position at one of the most stylish ports in Europe.

So, what started out as a brief sunset cruise, ended some two and a half hours later having enjoyed somewhat of an adventure. We learned by observation the ways in which other vessels use the sea. We even learned some of the history of this stretch of the Mediterranean. It was so much more than just a sail!

Finally back on dry land, the realization that no two sailings are ever the same, it’s all too easy to get hooked!

RYA Training courses –  all seasons. https://www.barcelonawatersports.es/course/barcelona-rya-start-yachting/

Sailing and power-boat experiences and adventures – all seasons. https://www.barcelonawatersports.es/course/sailing-sunset-cruise/

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Armchair Sailors

Be a Part of World Water Sports

Don’t let March slip by without a little time out! It’s your chance to grab the feeling of ocean challenges and adventure.  With huge global broadcast partnerships in place, the one and only Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 is brought to your… armchair.

Get in the mood:  here you will be a ‘virtual’ part of the 13th edition of the round-the-world race. Having started last October from Alicante, it will conclude in The Hague, Netherlands on 30th June this year. So, wherever you are in the world, check out your local TV coverage on the broadcaster list at www.volvooceanrace.com

Just as everyone picks up a racket following Wimbledon Fortnight, we’re expecting ‘armchair sailors’ everywhere to get in touch to learn the ropes – nowhere better than in the beautiful sparkling Med – blue skies and plenty of sunshine for the rest of 2018!

For those of you with limited annual leave – until the next time – make it down to Lagoon Watersports in Brighton & Hove: www.lagoon.co.uk Tel: +44 (0)1273 42 48 42

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Show Time

A Celebration of Yachting

In just over a month from now on Monday 23rd April, will be the start of 4 days of what promises to be the best show yet when the MYBA Charter Show will kick off a celebration of 3 decades of existence.
All of us in beautiful Barcelona will welcome 4 very…busy days of yacht viewings, challenging competitions and of course what goes hand-in-hand with yachting ~ parties!

We hope to see you there – https://mybashow.com

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Sailing News

Woke up this morning feeling fine – there’s nothing better on my mind… than reaching out across the Mediterranean Sea in search of a day of peace, freedom and adventure! Individuals, couples and groups of all sizes join us each day in Barcelona to… experience the art of sailing, whether it’s to learn, to sail or to party ~ there is nowhere so exhilarating or satisfying than being out on the water.

We bring you our news, experiences and stories of life here at Barcelona Watersports in the stunning and glamorous surroundings of Port Vell.  If you’ve sailed with us and want to share your experience, please send your stories to us at info@barcelonawatersports.es with BLOG in the subject bar.

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