Tag: sailing traditions

Multiple Parties for Just One Regatta

Here is a story about everything but ordinary regatta that takes place between the Croatian islands of Dugi Otok, Ugljan and Pašman – Gladuša. The special thing about this small but interesting regatta is that there are live concerts and parties the night before the race. It is also a very traditional regatta so you won’t miss the traditional march Tovareća mužika or Donkey’s music.


Navigare Necesse Est

night sailing

NAS Sailing Center is an organization that offers you something completely different from standard yacht charter and sailing schools. With them, you can learn a lot about not only modern sailing but also traditional sailing, history and ecology.


The International Association of Cape Horners

Chile_Cape_Horn

The International Association of Cape Horners is an organization that gathers people who have sailed around Cape Horn, one of the least hospitable places in the world. It is said that, since 1953, more people have climbed Mount Everest than sailed around this cape.


Are You Ready for the Blue Ribbon?

Rescuing immigrants in the sea

The Blue Ribbon by The Seafarers’ Union of Croatia rewards the individual or the crew for their exceptional bravery and/or good seamanship achieved within the past year during their service. For the year 2014 the winners were Bojan Tasić and the crew of Kehoe Tide.


Reward for Courage and True Good Seamanship

Valovi Šibenika

Sailing club JK Val from Šibenik is giving an exceptional prize for good seamanship for an individual or crew who contributed in search and rescue actions which involved sailboat or a crew of sailors.


Is Figurehead Just a Decoration of the Ship?

Figurehead

Figureheads on the prows of the boats were believed to protect the ship and her crew and that a figurehead would lead the ship safely through the troubled waters. In case of piracy or other dishonorable action the figurehead was covered.


Are You Wearing a Sailor’s Earring?

Venice at night

Have you ever wondered about why seamen wore earrings? Well, there are many theories, some say that people with earring could not be drowned, others say that it was the safest place for their wedding rings or maybe it was a symbol of marriage with the sea…


Have You Passed Neptune’s Exam?

Equator Crossing

Neptune’s exam is an old seamen tradition when rookie sailors have to prove their ability to enter the world of real, tough sea dogs. At the end of the ceremony, Neptune and the “grand jury” reach their decision and that’s when the feast begins…


A Tattoo is Not a Decoration

Tattooed sailors

Sailors’ fashion of tattooing has a long tradition. The old saying goes: “A sailor without a tattoo is like a boat without grog.” Only sailors that crossed the Atlantic have been allowed to put an anchor tattoo. The symbol of the North Star was believed to help sailors find their way home. They were much more than decoration for the seafarers.


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