6 Common Misconceptions about Sailing
When you think of sailing, what do you picture in your mind? – Cocktails, sunsets and beautiful beaches, blue sea and bright sunshine… And you are right! But there is much more to it – it is a great sport and activity, in which the entire family can take part, from folding ropes and cleaning the deck to steering, reading maps and trimming sails. Here are some of the common misconceptions about sailing and what sailing is not!
1 Sailing is expensive
Although owning a sailboat can be expensive (if you do not use the benefits of our charter management program), chartering is something entirely different and quite affordable. And there is, of course, the option of joining a local sailing club or school where there's already all the equipment and materials. If your intention is to buy a boat, either being a pre-owned vessel or a brand new one, our charter management program reduces ownership costs and charter income makes a boat purchase a profitable investment. We help you choose the boat that best suits your wishes.
2 It’s an exclusive and elitist sport
Following the idea of the previous point, there’s the misconception that people who sail are rich and have that classy preppy style. But here’s the thing: remember those movies where men went to the sea, usually to fish, how did they look? Exactly, fine looking fellas with practical clothes and adventurous spirits! Try to imagine George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in the movie “The Perfect Storm”, just maybe without the storm.
3 It’s difficult
When you start practicing any new sport, it’s always going to be hard in the beginning. But as you go along, start learning the terms and techniques, you’ll eventually get the hang of it. It might take a while, but you’ll get there. The same happens with sailing! With some determination and strong will, you’ll see that in no time you’ll know how to operate a boat safely and with confidence. Chartering a boat together with a friend who is also an experienced sailor or skipper, or hiring a professional local skipper on board while you are still in the learning process is a great way to increase safety on board and decrease stress. And our skippers are also good teachers who love to pass on their knowledge, love and passion for sailing.
4 It’s slow and boring
Well, it depends. If you want to practice a competitive sport like sailboat racing? Maybe kiteboarding or windsurfing? That doesn’t sound boring, although the wind is a must. On the other hand, sailing can be a leisure activity. Imagine open sea in front of you, clear water, a beautiful blue sky, light wind just to give you enough speed, good company of your family and/or friends. What a relaxing thought…
5 You’ll get wet and cold
As mentioned in the previous point, it’s up to you. Want to avoid getting wet or cold? Sail during warmer months and don’t forget sunscreen or just embrace the thrills and joys of sailing and put on that waterproof jacket, sailing shoes and other clothing essentials that suit the weather you’re facing.
6 Living near the coast is mandatory
Nowadays you can get to Croatia from any European city in a two-hour-flight tops, so you can even indulge in shorter sail trips in the off-season to prepare for the high season and to impress your crew. We are preparing special catamaran sailing workshops for next autumn, so we’ll keep you posted. Or you could practise locally to prepare for the main “event”. There are a lot of options when it comes to sailing, you just need to find one that suits you best.
Put these misconceptions aside and give this sport a go. And remember to have fun and enjoy the pleasures of sailing.
Our team is here to help, consult, guide you through the whole process of booking and sailing in Croatia, so feel free to e-mail us or give us a call (8-20 UTC +01:00) +385 21 407700
By Mariana & Jelena at 14 Mar 2017, 11:15 AM
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