Hidden Gems

Take on the challenge of a Mediterranean sailing holiday

By Jenny Wilson
on  September 08, 2014

If you are a novice there can be nowhere better to learn new skills than on a sailing holiday  around the Mediterranean. Yes, there is a whole planet out there to choose from but the Med’s appeal lies not only in the stunning scenery to experience and the places that you can visit, but also in the challenges it can set.

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The beauty of choosing an expert-led trip is that there is always experienced assistance close at hand but there is also the opportunity to learn loads and put what you learn into action on a sea renowned for being calm and placid but known also to throw up a few challenges here and there. Forget heading to Alton Towers or Thorpe Park, there is nothing like the thrill of the sea to get your heart racing and adrenalin pumping, and just like with the best theme-park rides, you will be perfectly safe – as long as you follow instructions and don’t do anything silly.

While a Med sailing trip will often be remembered for the fantastic weather, there are occasions when nature can throw up some surprisingly strong winds, which blow out from land towards the sea’s centre. In Greece and Turkey you have the Meltemi, while in Croatia it is the Bora that can create a few thrills and spills (drinks rather than people).

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This is nothing to be worried about, however, and in fact many people who choose a sailing holiday actually start begging Mother Nature for more. These conditions can provide the perfect opportunity to try out some of the skills you have learnt, boosting your confidence and leaving you with a sense of achievement that no beach-based holiday can ever provide.

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