Sardinia: The sailing paradise

2016-02-10 Caterina posted:

One day, the most ancient sea asked the sky to donate to it breath and sound so that it could express the emotions of its soul. From the sea, thoughts were built in the form of folate, images of an old color, a subtle sound, dreams, visions, which take shape in the ground and in the soul of the poets, in water and in the experiences, adventures and feelings of sailors... Did you know that the wind was born in Sardinia? (Claudio Parente & Co)

Sardinia is well known as a very windy region. The father of the winds is the Mistral, the air stream coming from the northwest, which in the winter is cold and often violent, while it moderates summer temperatures. Given its high speed (which easily exceeds 100 km/h) the wind can damage agriculture, encourage the spread of fires and create problems for sea transport.

Also notable is the presence of the Scirocco, a warm and originally dry wind that blows from the south and comes from the African deserts. Across the sea the Scirocco is charged with moisture and brings to Sardinia warm and moist air. The wind that comes from African lands often makes the sky "reddish" and is especially significant in the spring season.

Frequently, especially in winter, are also the Ponente and the Libeccio, which takes over the western side, going north over the Strait of Bonifacio and south sweeping the Sulcis, to the Gulf of Cagliari. Typical climates would look as follows: January and February, the prevailing wind is from the northwest from 4-6 Bf. From March to May, the winds come from southeast 2-4 Bf or, alternately from the northwest 4-6 Bf. During the summer months, there is a light wind from the southeast or some nice warm breezes and, sometimes, from the northwest from 4-6 Bf. From October to December, the prevailing winds come mainly from northwest and southeast from 2-6 Bf.

The main navigation area from our base is the National Park of La Maddalena, located northeast of Sardinia a few miles of the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia. It was founded in 1994 as a geo-marine park and includes a number of smaller components islands in the archipelago of La Maddalena, with an area of ​​15,000 hectares and 180 km of coastline. The islands are generally rocky and feature the most picturesque beaches of the Mediterranean.