Regardless of your experience it is worth checking to see if you have everything you need to enjoy your sailing course. Bring layers for cool evenings and shorts for days, don’t forget sun protection.
Regardless of the forecast the sun in Mallorca can be unforgiving and you can be burnt on cloudy days or through light clothes. A good high factor waterproof sunscreen will help you to enjoy your days afloat.
Deck shoes or sailing boots or any white soled shoe are required for when you are on board, the white soles ensure you do not leave marks on the deck.
As with the sunscreen a good hat is necessary both for shade and to help you see when sailing , getting one with a drawstring will stop you losing it over the side in the first breeze.
Lightweight technical polyester based wicking t-shirts and long sleeve tops are best as a base layer, cotton t-shirts tend to stay damp if they get wet.
A lightweight wind and weatherproof jacket is essential, it can be cool in the day especially in a decent breeze and at night the temperature drops away fast at sea.
for the cooler evenings and early mornings.
Shorts for the daytime and lightweight trousers for the evenings, surf type shorts dry quickly and can double up as swimming costume.
A quick drying travel towel is ideal
The sun is very bright at sea since as well as direct sunlight light is also reflected off the ocean, a good set of sunglasses are essential, make sure you have a retainer chord, you will be moving around and working on board and many a pair of expensive designer glasses have gone for a one way swim to the ocean floor
At least two litres of water each
If you suffer from sea sickness the tablets may well help, follow the instructions on the packaging regarding dosage and when to take your first tablet.
On the longer courses you could be away from land for several days so please make sure you have an adequate supply of any essential medicines or special dietary requirements.
A soft bag to keep your stuff together that can be stowed easily.
Your passport is required and you may well need your bank card or cash for if we go ashore.
In theory you might say gloves are not essential but seriously do your hands a favour and get some, fingerless for warm weather or full gloves for cooler weather, you won’t regret it.
For those doing overnight courses then a decent head torch or similar is essential, if you can get a red light torch for evening navigation, it helps you to keep your night vision when reading charts or similar in the dark.
if you already have one.
but pack it well to prevent damage in rougher seas.
For those on the day skipper or above courses your classroom reference books will be useful.
For those taking advantage of the quieter seasons to attend courses in Spring or Autumn there are just a few more items to bring.
Plan to be able to layer your clothing for night or early morning watches, genrally a lightweight jacket is fine if you have several layers beneath.
are rarely required in Mallorca in the times that our courses are conducted but if you have a good sailing jacket then bring it along.
again rarely needed in Mallorca and usually a lightweight set are ample for any conditions likely to be encountered.
for early mornings.