Quotes from Giancarlo Pedote’ books, “Il Manuale dello Skipper” and “Il Manuale del Velista”.

“The choice of clothing is an important aspect to live comfortably on board.”

First of all the bag has to be contained and soft in order to be able to be folded and stowed without cluttering.

In addition to the common accessories for the shower, 2 hand towels, slippers, very important then barrier and moisturizing creams, sun hat, sunglasses, mosquito spray (before/after)

The summer cloths to wear are: wind/warm jacket, shoes to be used just on board with clear outsole, sweater, long pants, underwear, shorts, shirts, suits and sandals.

For the winter cloths is a bit like in the mountains, clothing should be strengthened with warm items, thermal and breathable, waxed jacket, pants and boots.


“The galley is very important to perform a physical and mental health navigation, especially for those who are first- time sailing… especially for us Italian gourmets.”

How to choose the suitable foods and drinks:

Breakfast - coffee, tea, milk (to moderate) cereals, biscuits, jam, chocolate, honey, yogurt, fruits.

Lunch - panini, sandwiches, prosciutti and salami, cheeses, tuna, boiled eggs or omelettes, tomato bread, mix salads, pasta or rice salads, fruits, ...

Dinner - meat, fish, pasta, rice, cuscus, barley, spelled, beans, vegetables and fruits that last for several days (carrots, fennel, celery, apples, banans and pineapple).

Snacks - crudités, olives, fruits, crackers and appetizers and refreshments.

Drinks - water, wine, bier, fruit juices.

Others - oil, salt, sugar, dressings and various spices, kitchen towels, napkins, plastic plates, glasses and forks, toilette paper, dish soap and garbage bags.

For the quantities must be taken in consideration the days of the cruise and the personal habits. That is the reason why the crew makes the galley and manages the common fund, useful for daily, overnight stays in ports and diesel fuel.


“Sailing is a great way to travel and enjoy the natural beauty, but can also be experienced as a sport, a place where to spend the holidays or otherwise. The relationship with the sea and the boats is therefore something personal and each of us can find different answers at sea”.

“The Sea teaches us to live in the present and to abandon the attitude, typically terrestrial, to plan the future in every detail.” “In the same way the Sea planet is ruled by dynamics often unpredictable and not always in accord with human wishes.”

“Life on board requires considerable adaptability and implementing the rules of good behavior to live pleasantly and peacefully.”

“Before you board the shoes has to be taken off, (...) or be changed them with a clean pair from the sole to be used only on board, as a matter of hygiene and why (...) could scratch the boat”.

“On board is good to try to walk with a light step” and soft on the knees.

“Do not get wet below deck and do not sit with wet suit on bed and cushions in the dinette”.

“If you smoke, please do so at a time when there are no operations in progress and possibly downwind. (..) The cigarette filters are not to be thrown into the sea”, “Respect for the sea is fundamental”.

“Cleanliness is essential, rearrange his bunk, leave the bathroom and the kitchen always in good hygienic conditions is very important for life in a group” on board.

“The electricity and water savings are important, especially when you do not have the opportunity to make frequent stops.” “Using the resources in economy does not mean to deprive, but using it as absolutely necessary”.

“Children need to listen to the recommendations of the captain and be supervised by their parents, you can play on board, the important thing is to do it in an appropriate way to the circumstances”.

“On board everyone has to offer to help to the captain”, “instructor or skipper, who is host of the crew regarding all the expenses of the fund board as meals, fuel and stops in port”.


“Seasickness is a subjective condition, but there are some preventive measures that statistically help to eliminate or at least minimize the discomfort”:

- It is better to start with a full stomach, but not after an heavy meal. Do not drink alcohol, do not eat fatty foods, spicy or difficult to digest such as milk, for example;

- During the journey, eating from time to time a breadstick or a cracker or a piece of bread with something salty like anchovies or anchovy paste;

- Try to drink as little as possible or at least a little, but more often;

- It is better to avoid reading and go below deck, try to restrict the movement of the head and body maybe sitting or lying;

- Steering sometimes keeps busy who is not well, as in the car and help to defeat the illness;

- Try not to get into situations to suffer the sea: wet, cold, extreme heat, stress, fatigue, anxiety can be the causes that let feel seasick ahead of time, so you must have a thermal protection appropriate to the circumstance.”