12 Apr Summer is just around the corner!
Welcome to the Spring issue of the Costa Blanca Sailing newsletter. We’ve been really busy and have a full season ahead of us, so we hope you enjoy reading all our news!
During the last nine months, we have delivered over 360 RYA practical and theory courses, from Start Sailing to Yachtmaster Offshore, VHF and First Aid, and covered over 5000 nautical miles! We are also providing training to some of the Volvo Ocean Race crews, who all need to comply with a new set of race regulations for the next race in 2017 (which departs from Alicante). Just look at some of the hugely experienced guys we have met so far…
- Jack Lloyd (New Zealand), 6 previous Volvo Ocean Races, 4 America’s Cup Races and 4 Olympic Games!
- Gonzalo Infante (Spain), 2 previous Volvo Ocean Races!
- Pablo Ararte (Spain), 3 previous Volvo Ocean Races!
- Juan Carlos (Spain), no, not that one, but he is a Double World Champion, previous America’s Cup and Mini Transat!
- Agustin Zabalua (Argentina), D-1 Champion!
- Mike Mottle (Australia), America’s Cup regular and crew for Sir Ben Ainslie!
- Riky Stadel (Germany), Trainer/Coach for German youth Optimist team!
- Sam Spencer (UK), 3 times winner of Spanish Optimist Championship!
We are also extremely proud that the vast majority of our guests come back for more training and / or mile building, and we hope to see many more of you this season.
We have, by and large, had an excellent start to the year weather wise, with calm seas and pleasant breezes. As you would expect, we have also had some winter weather…strong winds and rain, but that hasn’t stopped us, if anything it has proven what an excellent vessel Costa Blanca Sailing is, being so confident in the upper half of the Beaufort Scale, whilst providing all the comforts of home down below. We’re really pleased with her.
During the haul out week in January we carried out the usual annual tasks, making sure everything was in order for another busy year’s sailing. The yardmen did an excellent job of cleaning and anti-fouling the hull, keel, rudder and propeller, which resulted in CBS being a little more slick through the water. We also checked all the through hull fittings and replaced the main seal on the sail drive. On deck we’ve rigged a new Reef 3 line, fitted new lazy bags, re-engineered the storm jib stay, and replaced some of the cordage. Our navigation lights are now LED to save on battery power, and the bow thruster has a big new fuse to prevent cut out. The generator and water maker have both been serviced to ensure a constant supply of power and fresh water on longer passages. To add to the considerable amount of safety equipment on board, Walter has bought a Sat phone, a SART transponder, personal AIS locator beacons for crew and a new inflatable Danbuoy. As always safety is paramount at Costa Blanca Sailing, especially when we are sailing offshore.
Walter has had a busy few weeks recently – he has just returned from the Moscow Boat Show, where he was promoting Costa Blanca Sailing to the ever increasing Russian market, with many Russians having holiday homes in the Alicante area. We are already getting enquiries as a result, so we probably need to start learning a bit of Russian!
CBS has just returned from a week’s charter out of Denia, to the north of the region. This area provides some really excellent sailing, with beautiful anchorages and hidden bays, as well as some excellent marinas – so if you fancy re-tracing Walter’s track, give us a call! (Also see below!)
In the second week of April, Walter is off again! This time he will be sailing from Alicante to Gibraltar, then South to the Canaries, then North to Madeira, before heading back home, again via Gibraltar, This trip is already fully booked with crew looking to gain miles and hopefully their Yachtmaster Ocean certificate, taking sights using Walter’s new sextant! Don’t worry though, we are planning another couple of longer passages later in the year, and are hoping to visit Sardinia in June, Seville in September, and the Balearics in October. If you are interested in any of these trips please contact Walter.
NEW FOR 2016!!! We are constantly being asked by newly qualified crew and skippers how they can build their miles and gain more experience, especially from those who don’t have access to a boat. So we’ve decided to create the Costa Blanca Sailing Club, designed for all ex students, their friends and family. We will provide CBS as a skippered charter, you decide where you want to go and what you want to do! Whilst not officially a training course, we will be on hand to help you brush up on your skills, and of course you can put the miles in your log book! We want to be as flexible as we can so we are offering this facility at €100 per person per day, for a minimum of 4 crew and 2 days. We will provide breakfast and lunch, tea, coffee and snacks, whilst you look after yourselves in the evening. The cost of any overnight stays at other marinas and any fuel used will be shared between the crew. So if you fancy a trip out to sunny Alicante for a bit of R & R and a trip up the coast get in touch with Mike on 0034 639019557 or email@example.com, and get yourself on the list! You can hire CBS exclusively if there are four of you, or you can join other like minded sailors. (Remember that we always try to get you onboard the evening prior to your booking!)
If you prefer to formalise your training we’ve got courses running every month now, and we’ll happily slot you in whenever is convenient.
Don’t forget that we also offer a variety of shorebased and online courses. If you are a skipper, you really should have a valid VHF licence and have attended a First Aid course, and we can organise these to fit in with your next visit.
That’s it for now…we hope to see as many of you as possible during the summer months, in the meantime – happy sailing!
Walter and Mike