Sailing 104: A Last Instruction On Your Yacht
After a long absence- apologies to our loyal readers, MedSailors returns with the final instalment of their sailing terminology tutorial, preparing you for your experiences sailing Croatia and Greece.
A few remaining terms and ideas to get the hang of before you embark on the sailing holiday of a lifetime. Sailing has long been thought to be the reserve of rich, famous and powerful. The reports of Sheiks and Tsars competing to buy bigger, more powerful and more expensive yachts have flooded tabloids and gossip rags for decades.
But here at MedSailors we give the every day man, the novice, the traveller a true taste of sailing the Mediterranean, bringing Greece and Croatia sailing to you. The noble art of sailing has been instrumental throughout history in the development of civilization, affording humanity greater mobility than travel over land, whether for trade, transport or warfare, and the capacity for fishing. MedSailors is proud to encourage and develop understanding and love for this sport dating back to 5000BC.
* Bridge: While sailing Croatia or Greece you will spend some time here, as this is the location from where the yacht is steered, navigated and where the speed is controlled. It’s also a great place to find the your tourleader and party planner, your Skipper!
* Cockpit: Another duplicitous word trying to confuse our novice sailors! Also referring to the no-go area in airplanes, a cockpit is the opening in the deck from where the yacht is handled. In other words, where the steering wheel is.
* EPRIB: This is short for the Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon. This is probably a more suitable mention for yacht charters travelling cross-Atlantic or to the Horn of Africa, where you could be faced with a number of scary situations! Keep in mind the seas you are sailing Croatia and Greece are as placid and calm as a bathtub, so there wont be any need for alarm!
* Knot: The rate at which you measure the speed the yacht is travelling: 1 knot = 1 nautical mile/hour (1.15 miles or 1.852 km per hour). Your MedSailors yachts will be travelling at around 4 or 5 knots, depending on the weather conditions.
* LOA: Short for Length OverAll, i.e. the measurement of the yacht along its centre line. The MedSailors yachts are between 43ft and 50ft vessels!
MedSailors is excited to see, teach and entertain even more sailors in Greece and Croatia, sailing into one of the many beautiful sunsets in 2013!