Southern Wind Shipyard Family Sail: the Essence of Sailing

Sailing is more than a way to enjoy life at sea and more than a sport, as Andrea Micheli, SWS Commercial Director explains: “in these unusual times, sailing has proven itself to be one of the safest options for staying positive and enjoying time with family and friends”. This is why Southern Wind celebrated with the SWS Family Sail, a rendezvous at sea that was held from Saturday September 5th to Sunday the 6th in the waters of Porto Rafael, Italy. As its name suggests, the gathering celebrated the essence of sailing: family, fun, camaraderie, and a little bit of friendly competition under the sun. And even without any shore-based social activities, it was a huge success. 

The SWS Family Sail was around the Marina di Porto Rafael, a small, family-run port in a picturesque bay that looks out towards the famous Arcipelago della Maddalena. The late summer weather was sunny, beautiful and warm with light Mistral breeze that varied from 5 to 15 knots. Sailing courses were agreed upon in the morning, a starting line was set up and the fleet of seven Southern Wind yachts was off to stretch their sailing legs over courses that were up to 20nm long. Participating yachts included SW78 Ocean Horse, SW82 Grande Orazio, SW-RP90 Allsmoke, SW96 Seatius, SW100 Freebird, SW100 Illusion of the Isles and SW105 Wolfhound.

Like all Southern Wind gatherings, the SWS Family Sail was also a time to trade notes. Mafio, the Captain of SW105 #04 currently in build, was also present to sail aboard a Southern Wind yacht first time and to get to know our yachts in action. At the conclusion of the gathering he wrote that he: “felt very well cared for in a happy, relaxed and positive atmosphere. Even though the context was superyachting, the vibe was sporty and down to earth. It was wonderful to find that both owners and their captains were so open and enthusiastic about their yachts, right down to the smallest details.”

The SWS Family Sail’s closure was simple: after sailing along their daily 20nm course, the fleet gathered in the bay off Spargi where they hoisted their Southern Wind banners and sounded their horns in unison, a socially distanced chorus to say “arrivederci” until next year. We wish to thank everyone who participated and hope to see you all again soon.

Leave a Reply