At VELAFestival we go out to sea all day in all ways…even for babies

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ccIMG_7638-1024x682Have you recently entered the VELAFestival and feel like taking it easy, leaving your children to have fun in safe hands? No problem! There will be attentive instructors who will take them for a ride aboard an Optimist and, if they are older, they can have a Laser outing.
With professional instructors you can take your free sailing lesson or try out the dinghies on display at the beach village. Even the children. Sup, kayak and windsurfing will be available for a free lesson or a sea outing including wetsuit and all necessary equipment. Do you want to have your baptism as a diver instead? There will be experienced instructors on the beach who will explain the basics of the discipline.
But if, on the other hand, you are not in the mood to go out to sea, the 30-meter schooner Pandora, a perfect replica of a 19th-century sailing ship with its crew of real sailors, awaits moored at the dock. Little ones can play at being pirates (the ones in Pandora really look like pirates), but you’ll also find seafaring arts workshopson board, where you can learn how to climb the mast, tie knots and splices, and repair sails.
And if you have a feeling that a vacation with an ultra-lightweight, ultra-technological kayak might be for you, let Guido Grugnola, a great sailor convert to the world of canoe touring, tell you how his kayaks are made and what wonderful adventures you can take part in.

But the big news this year is the big Treasure Hunt on Sunday, May 7 from 2 p.m.: an orienteering between sea and land in the village of Santa Margherita Ligure organized by Outdoor Portofino. Using only a compass and topographical map containing details of the place to be traveled, a predefined route characterized by checkpoints is to be taken. Each checkpoint corresponds to a question that can be answered only if you are at that checkpoint. It will be the strategy of each competitor/team to make the course in the shortest possible time. Participants should do the course within the maximum time limit (2 hours). At the end of the activity, a ranking will be drawn up with a subsequent award ceremony.

DEPARTURE: Briefing, brief topography lesson, map handover.

WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable shoes, bathing suit, towel, water, pencil/pen.

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