Discovering the Solent, between tides and currentsIn order to familiarise you with ocean navigation, its currents and tides, CVC has decided to take you to one of Europe's iconic seafaring sites: the Solent Channel in the United Kingdom. Piloting and manoeuvring at sea, ascending estuaries, entering ports and marinas, following the rhythm of the tides and currents are just some of the ingredients of this essential course. The course, which will have a very exercise-based approach, will touch on all the most fundamental topics for safe navigation in such a stretch of sea. From the study of the Atlas of Tidal Currents and Meteorology to the more practical aspects of piloting, how to prepare and execute a passage planning (appraising, planning, executing and monitoring) for entering and leaving ports or in difficult and narrow waters, to charting and knowledge of on-board electronics. A full immersion for advanced sailors in an arm of the sea that is a symbol of seafaring art.
The locationThe Solent is an arm of the sea that, in the English Channel, separates the Isle of Wight from Britain; a very important crossing point for both commercial and pleasure sailing. Water sports such as sailing are popular, with the annual Cowes Week event. The area has a great ecological and landscape importancefor the estuarine coastal habitats along its shores. Much of the coastline has been declared a Special Area of Conservation. The Solent adjoins and forms part of the characteristic typical features of some landscapes such as the New Forest National Park.
The boatsThe boats used will be newly built Oceanis 37s with cruising chutes.
Where and whenBoarding: Monday h 10.00
Port of embarkation: Port Hamble Marina (UK) - Hamble SO31 4QD (c/o Fairview Sailing tel. 02380 457 023),
Disembarkation: Sunday h 17.00 at Port Hamble Marina
How to get there:
Flight - Easy Jet to London Gatwick; train station at the airport.
Train: - about 2 hours to Southampton Central, then taxi to Hamble (£16 - £20) https://www.nationalrail.co.uk
NB the nearest railway station is Hamble, connected to Southampton Central: it's small and there are no taxis, so it's a nice walk from there.
Taxi - from LGW to Hamble costs approximately £135 (4 people).
Viking Cars have an office in Hamble Point Marina https://www.vikingcars.co.uk
By car - free parking; enter SO31 4QD in sat-nav
What is not included in the fee:
Diesel, port and galley.
End-of-course certificatesAt the end of the course the successful students will be awarded a diploma certifying the type of skills they have achieved.
Within one month (30 days) before the start of the course:
- upload to your CVC account a medical certificate (for at least non-competitive activity) in PDF format. Without a certificate you are not admitted to the courses
- if this is your first course at CVC, please also upload a passport-sized photograph of yourself.
- fill in the master data in your account: menu "account details" and menu "master data".
For your luggage, use soft bags that take up little space when folded (no rigid suitcases).
Please note that cigarettes and tobacco are not sold at the base.
For all courses:
- if you have already been to the CVC, bring your SAILING BOOKLET, it will be filled in by your shift manager.
- sleeping bag (or sheet + blanket)
- sailor's knife (*) needed on the boat for safety and on land as a cutlery (see photo on our website under "Recommended equipment" or "Frequently asked questions")
- boat shoes and also boat boots for cabin cruiser courses
- 2-3 linen changes
- 2-3 changes of sports socks
- casual short and long trousers
- light, long-sleeved shirts and hats to avoid sunburn (light colours recommended)
- woolen sweaters/fleece (at least 2) to cope with the cold at sea even in the summer months
- personal hygiene items* and towels
- battery-powered torch*
- sailing gloves*
- pillowcase (travelling courses only)
In particular for courses on dinghies:
- lightweight long or short-sleeved T-shirts made of lycra
- spry top jacket
- neoprene wetsuit*, essential in spring and autumn, also recommended in summer
- water bottle or thermal bottle
- high sailing shoes with socks (to protect your feet from the straps) or, better still, neoprene socks*. For D3, D4 and D5 courses knee pads may be useful.
In particular for courses on cabin cruisers:
- light or heavy sailing oilskin (*) depending on the season
- boat shoes with suitable soles (no Superga or similar, it slips), boots in cooler months.
* items that can be purchased at the Caprera shop
From the mainland > Olbia
By ship (arrival in Olbia or Golfo Aranci)
- with TIRRENIA, MOBYLINES or GRIMALDI, departures from Genoa, Livorno (the evening before) or other ports and arrival in Olbia with TIRRENIA or MOBY, departures from Genoa (the evening before) or other ports and arrival in Olbia. For information on current Conventions please send an email to the secretariat.
- with SARDINIA FERRIES with departure from Livorno (the evening before) and arrival in Golfo Aranci.
By air (arrival in Olbia)
- AIRITALY, EASYJET or other companies, with departures from the main Italian cities
Olbia > Palau
Palau is 50 km from Olbia, these are the means of transport (journey time about 1 hour):
- from Olbia port (maritime station), regular ARST bus service. Price about 3 Euro
- from Olbia centre (bus station), ARST bus service with departures every hour
- from Olbia airport:
- bus services every hour to Olbia centre
- TURMOTRAVEL (0789/21487) runs a direct service from Olbia airport to Palau during the summer months - see timetable: https://gruppoturmotravel.com/linee-extraurbane
- taxi service Mario Aisoni, with whom CVC has an agreement (70 Euro for taxi up to 4 people, 90 Euro for minibus from 5 to 8 seats, 15 Euro per person per bus for groups of more than 8 people). Reservations can be made by calling 0789/709309 or online www.sardegnatours.it . Mr Aisoni will send the most suitable means of transport (taxi, minibus) depending on the number of bookings.
Palau > La Maddalena
From Palau to La Maddalena regular ferry (about 15 minutes).
La Maddalena > Caprera Base
Every Saturday in La Maddalena at 13:45, on the Lungomare via Amendola, motorboat Apollo II with a CVC sign will take the students to Caprera (meeting point 10/15 minutes before). Before 1 May and after 31 October, the motorboat will be replaced by a bus, same time and meeting point.
Telephone to be used only on Saturday of arrival in case of emergency: 347/6749599.
If you arrive late, from La Maddalena you can call a taxi (see contact details under Useful Phones - average price 23/30 Euro or more).
The Centro Velico Caprera does not organise group trips but points out the existence of a Facebook page dedicated to arrivals and departures so that participants can organise their trip better.
It is not recommended to arrive at the base bycar .
Access is only allowed up to the gate of the Precrociera dock, from there you wait for the arrival of the other students with the ferry from La Maddalena. For the duration of the course you will not have the opportunity to use it.
Cars are not allowed to circulate inside the Park, unless you have a special permit, which can be obtained directly from the Park Authority (Tel. 0789/79021).
It is advisable to leave them in Palau.
The base has three settlements on the south coast of the island:
- Punta Coda where initiation courses are usually held.
- Refinement, where other dInghy courses or cabin cruisers usually stay
- Pre-cruise, where the cabin courses usually stay.
There is a CVC infirmary at Punta Coda.
When disembarking from the ferry, the students of each course are assembled and assigned a place in the dormitories. You will take possession of your sleeping place, dressed appropriately for the swimming and scuba diving test (dInghy initiation courses) or for the activity on the boats. You will then be assembled in the classroom to receive instructions from the Chief of Instructors (Shift Leader) and base staff.
There are individual safety boxes in the Punta Coda Initiation settlement. You will be given the key against a deposit of 50 Euro. In the other settlements there are collective safes. The school is not liable for the theft of items left unattended. Avoid bringing valuables or excessive amounts of money.
Life on Caprera is regulated by the following timetable:
06.30 wake up
21.00 comments on the day
Particular attention is paid to resting during the night: very intense sporting activity does not allow hours of rest to be lost.
- Centro Velico Caprera is a sailing and sea school, not a holiday resort: attending courses requires commitment, discipline, a spirit of adaptation and acceptance of rules of behaviour. Access to the Bases is reserved only for those who are teachers or students on an ongoing course. Cars (which must remain outside the gate) or motorbikes, dogs or other animals are not allowed. Acceptance to courses is at the sole discretion of the School.
- Arrivals and departures must take place strictly in accordance with the scheduled dates and times. No responsibility is assumed by the Centre with regard to journeys to and from the Caprera base.
- You may not leave the base, even temporarily, except for justified reasons and with the authorisation of the base chief. Visits from relatives or friends are not allowed, without special permission from the base chief.
- Tidiness and cleanliness, which are essential in a community life, concern not only one's own person and personal belongings, but also the dormitories, the common rooms and services, the surroundings, as well as the equipment and facilities of the Base.
Vital to the School is the care of the boats and materials.
- Sleeping after a busy and tiring day is a sacred right, so all noise in the vicinity of dormitories must stop at the hour of silence. Small radios, cassette players and the like are not welcome and their use is forbidden in the common areas. Mobile phones are also to be used discreetly, but must be switched off during communal activities.
- On courses with dormitory accommodation, pupils are not permitted to attend the female students' dormitories and vice versa.
- Safety is a dominant theme in education both at sea and on land: from the obligation to wear a life jacket to rescue and fire-fighting equipment. Everyone contributes to the work of prevention, to avoid damage to people and equipment.
- The Head of the base has the right to remove from the base any student who proves to be unfit for community life at the school or who is guilty of serious misconduct.
- The use of boats is permitted for the School's institutional activities. Any other use must be authorised by the Base Head.
- The rules reported above are subject to national and regional regulations for the measures, including behavioural and individual protection ones, aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19, as well as those set out in the document "Behavioural rules for COVID-19 emergency" available for consultation. AT THIS LINKwhich is to be considered a substantial part of the present Code of Conduct.
- In addition to personal telephones, to get in touch with students, from May to October, you can call the Secretariat in Caprera (0789/727769). During other periods, the secretariat is located on La Maddalena (tel. 0789/738529).
It is not allowed to use mobile phones on the boat or during lessons ashore.
Their use is only allowed during free time.
- All trainees participate in common activities (distributing meals, cleaning the mess, dormitories and toilets, helping in the sail room and on the boats). This will help to acquire the mentality of common life on a boat where the whole crew contributes to the activities on board.
For one day, in weekly courses, or two days, in fortnightly courses, each pupil is employed in the "command".
The CVC shop is at Punta Coda and at the Precrociera and is open every day (including Sundays).
Hours: Punta Coda 12.30-13.00 19.00-20.00. Precrociera: 19.00-20.00. Both are open on Saturdays from 10.30 am to 1 pm. You can pay at the shop with cash cards or credit cards.
At the shop you can find:
- technical sailing clothing:
- sailing gloves;
- wetsuit boots;
- neoprene wetsuits;
- sailing trousers;
- boots (on request).
- sailing clothing:
- polo shirts, jumpers;
- shoes (on request).
- various accessories: blankets, sleeping bags, knives. No cigarettes for sale
You can also find:
- drinks, biscuits, snacks, etc.;
- personal hygiene items.
If there are any special needs (medicines, etc.), the shop assistant can buy the necessary items in La Maddalena.
From week 23 to week 30 no alcohol will be sold in the Punta Coda shop.
Coca cola, beer, wine and other drinks can be purchased from the staff at the shop.
Mineral water is provided free of charge at the table and on the boat. For personal use you can always top up your own water bottles from the water dispensers on the bases.
It is recommended that you bring your personal ASL card. There is an infirmary on Caprera.
If a transfer to a hospital in La Maddalena or Olbia is necessary, the student will have to pay for the transport back to the base.
- The last morning of your stay in Caprera is dedicated to tidying up the boats, the sails, the dormitories and the last bureaucratic formalities, including filling in the QUESTIONNAIRE (which you will have received by email in the early hours of the morning), where you can express your satisfaction with the school's activities and suggestions for improvement: we value your opinion! After filling in the questionnaire, you will have to prepare your luggage.
Students are brought back to La Maddalena around 12.00 noon by motorboat (before 1 May and after 31 October the motorboat will be replaced by a coach). From La Maddalena you can take a ferry to Palau and from Palau the regular bus to Olbia. We recommend booking a flight or ferry departing from Olbia from 18.00 onwards.
Bus timetables ARST and TURMOTRAVEL - Olbia-Palau-Olbia
ARST: consult the website http://arst.sardegna.it/orari_e_autolinee.html or call the toll-free number 800 865 042
TURMOTRAVEL: consult the website http://www.gruppoturmotravel.com/trasportopubblico.php or call 0789/21487
Segreteria Milano 02/86452191
Segreteria Maddalena 0789/738529
Ospedale La Maddalena 0789/737732
Taxi Aisoni (Olbia/Palau) (also for minibuses) 0789/709309
Taxi Todde 330/649933
Taxi Acciaro (also for minibuses of 6) 340/1554000 328/800335
Taxi Musa Roberto (also for minibuses) 347/3706074
Telephone to call only on Saturday of arrival in case of emergency: 347/6749599