Autumn yachting holidays can be enjoyed by both sailors and lovers of calm and relaxation alike. The sea is still warm, the harbours and cities have emptied out and the wind is is firmly in your sails. Of course, the weather does not always go according to plan. But if you take it as a challenge and prepare well, the bad weather will pass without a problem leaving you free to enjoy your holiday.
We have prepared some tips especially for you, so your trip will be plain sailing. We’ll guide you through the extra kit you’ll need to bring along and go through the current weather conditions in specific destinations. FInally, we’ll also have a look at time-tested advice on what to do in bad weather conditions.
What extras do you need to bring along on board?
Whether you are targeting bigger waves and windy weather or you just happen upon a storm suddenly, it is good to be prepared. Maybe luck will be on your side and you’ll have beautiful summer weather without the need for waterproof items. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry,
Functional base layer
A single thick layer of clothing is neither practical nor comfortable. It’s alway best to wear several thinner layers on top of each other. High-quality functional clothing is definitely worth it. The weather conditions change fast in autumn - bright sunny weather with summer temperatures swiftly deteriorate into cloudy skies and temperatures below 10°C. It’s important also to keep the wind chill factor in mind.
Waterproof windbreaker with hood and waterproof trousers
Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy any traditional yellow rain gear, but you will definitely appreciate having good waterproof clothing in autumn. In an emergency, a windbreaker combined with a raincoat (cycling or fishing) or high-quality Gore-Tex will do the job. Be sure not to forget waterproof trousers. Greater winds bring more spray and showers on board so cover your whole body to protect it against water and wind. It’s not much fun getting soaked through in a gusty wind in the morning.
Protective clear glasses
In order to keep the rain and water spray out of their eyes, take at least one pair of glasses for the helmsman. You can get them cheaply at every craft store.
Medication for nausea and motion sickness
When the boat begins to rock, nausea can set in even for the most experienced of sailors. Kinedryl, homeopathic Coculline, Travel-Gum gum or patch have all been proven to work. It’s also worth trying candied ginger or ginger tea, acupressure or acupuncture.
When sea sickness strikes, remember the traditional advice - focus on a fixed point (horizon or island), don’t stay below deck but in the fresh air, keep the stomach half-full, find the place where the boat sways the least, lie down, do not look through binoculars and don’t inhale any oil fumes.
Or find some inspiration in the wisdom of old sea dogs and beat sea sickness by wearing a gold ring in your ear. This essential prop for every swashbuckling pirate actually worked on the principle of acupuncture. Or perhaps you’d prefer an eye patch? If you give it a try, let us know if it works!
The sea may already be cooler or you could get frozen to the bone thanks to the wind. Plus, immersing yourself in the beautiful clear water may just be too much of a temptation. Neoprene provides you with good thermal comfort.
Sunglasses and sunscreen
At sea the sun can still be powerful enough to burn you or irritate your eyes.
Wetsuit boots or sailing boots
Prevents slipping over and injury.
Protects the head and prevents heat loss.
In warmer weather, every day it is either wet or humid on board.
Also check out our more detailed list of what to bring along
and some time-tested tips from experienced sailors
What’s the current weather in the Mediterranean?
And what to do under poor weather conditions?
Long-term unfavourable weather conditions bring with them uncertainty, the mood on board deteriorates and making decisions becomes more difficult. Under such circumstances mistakes are easily made. Let’s go over a few principles that will improve your sailing experience.
- Prepare for worse weather conditions in advance. Keep some ports as backup where you can retreat, be aware of the sea bed, rocks, coastline (make sure you have a “Plan B” if the GPS navigation doesn’t work).
- Check your rescue equipment. Have you got all the life jackets, harnesses and know their condition and location? When you need them you, you don’t have time to waste searching for them.
- Make sure the crew are prepared for more difficult situations. Strong winds and high waves on a yacht can easily lead to confusion, especially if the crew isn’t that experienced. Explain everything and practice.
- Track wind changes and weather forecasts. Leave plenty of time to prepare the sails, slow the boat and keep the situation under control.
- If the weather deteriorates significantly or you just don’t feel like sailing anymore, retreat to a sheltered harbour in time.
Have we got you in the mood for some more extreme yachting? Last minute
offers are coming to a close along with great discounts and half-empty marinas which are a huge attraction for seafarers. The boats are disappearing quickly, so don’t hesitate.