The summer caught us cold this year. As soon as it started the temperatures in many parts of Europe were almost 40° C.
Actually, you expect the heat in the summer but please not so !!! What to do?
There are still some retreats where the summer is not so hot and the proximity to the water makes it a pleasure, for example, here with us!
Sailing is a lifelong sport and it is true. There are many people who stay connected to sailing in the old age because this activity keeps them fit.
Vitality and health are by-products of their passion - sailing.
Instead of only enjoying their retirement at the café and with cake, they have fun toiling on the oceans or in the coastal areas.
Sailing is optimal health training into old age, keeps body and mind fit. Keeping track and maneuvering require quick and smart thinking. Setting sails as well as sail trim are endurance and strength training for the entire body. The healthy climate at the sea has a hardening effect on the body and strengthens the immune system.
Gisela discovered the passion for cat sailing only a few years ago, after she was able to sail for a long time.
Twice a year she comes to Wind&Friends in Alcudia and does not even think about quitting because of old age and to rest.
Albert Camus once said that the magnitude of a person depends on his decision to be stronger than the time and living conditions. And that is the challenge of getting old.
Gisela was back again last week and we'll see her again in the fall.
Many catamaran sailors face the problem of landing on the beach in strong onshore wind without damaging the material, especially during heavy surf. Also, to get off the beach in offshore wind, this method is very good, safe and elegant.
For those of you who have had the experience of fighting in the surf with the catamaran standing crosswise to the wave, we can warmly recommend the maneuver "Drifting on the bow".
What does this maneuver consist of?
Place the cat with the bow in the wind, rise the rudder blades so far that they do not touch the water, put the traveler in the middle and bring the mainsail tight, loose the Cunningham. Both sailors go to the bow so far that the stern comes out of the water. With Hobby Cat, the stern gets higher out of the water, as the hulls have relatively little volume comparable to TopCat. The jib is fuerled, standing or sitting the sailors hold firmly on the forestay or trapeze.
Thus prepared, the catamaran drifts very safely down the wind and also stays stable in the surf. The control is only conditionally possible by leaning the clew of the jib against wind. In that case, we roll out the jib, or drift on the bow with flapping jib, which is also possible. If one of the sailors sitting on the bow puts his legs in the water, the resistance will influence the course.
You will learn this very useful skill in every VDWS catamaran course, be in the catamaran schools that deal with surf or the shallow water, as is the case with us in Alcudia Mallorca. Again and again in the advanced courses we consolidate this maneuver to get safely to the beach.