A good day out on the water with the sound of rippling sails induces feelings of freedom and adventure in a wide open space. Although Sardinia’s coastline is an extraordinary sailing destination with hundreds of secluded coves, picture-book beaches and dramatic rock formations, it remains surprisingly anonymous. Sardinia’s particular pull for sailors is its coastline’s diversity; the dunes of the Costa Verde, from the Costa Smeralda to the cliffs of Cala Gonone, from Cala Luna to Cagliari, from Cagliari to San Giovanni di Sinis and from Capu Mannu to Castelsardo, no stretch is the same as the next.
The fact that the wind conditions around Porto Pollo in northern Sardinia are the most constant means that most sailors are to be found on the Costa Smeralda. There are two winds here which ensure the perfect conditions for dynamic sailing; the Sahara wind Chirocco and the Maestrale, which blows down from the North. The Maestrale mostly blows along the west coast, a very powerful W to NW wind; while a S to SE wind prevails on the east coast. If you take on any sailing foray in Sardinia’s waters you should either be a very competent sailor yourself or take an experienced skipper with you. It is also very important to familiarize yourself with the area’s nautical literature and navigational requirements.
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