May 2015. Costa Brava. Boat trip on board a traditional lateen sailboat
Boat trip on board a traditional lateen sailboat
Departure every Sunday from Palamós (Girona) harbour. There are two options you can choose from:
Morning boat trip
- Departure: Sunday at 10.30 am
- Duration: 3.5 hours
- Price: 30 € per person (adult), 15 € per child (children aged 10 and under)
Pirates, ho! The perfect family trip! Your children will love it
- Departure: Sunday at 5 pm
- Duration: 1.5 hours
- Price: 15 € per person (adults), 8 € per child (children aged 10 and under), free for the little ones aged one year and under.
- All children will receive a pirate scarf as a souvenir.
So, what are we going to do?
We’ll go sailing along the Costa Brava on board of “Rafael”, a historical lateen sailboat.
- During the morning-trip, the crew will tell you about the story of the boat and teach you the working of this kind of rigging. We will be sailing along the seaboard of Palamós, Calella de Palafrugell and the Formigues islands. All the while you are invited to actively participate in the handling of the boat: sails, helm …
- During the Pirates, ho – afternoon trip we will cover the distance between Palamós and Torre Valentina, hereby following the trail of the infamous pirate “Barba-Roja” (Red Beard) who assaulted Palamós in the year 1543. On this trip we will be sailing under motor power while a pirate guide is taking us on a trip into the past when those fear-inspiring corsairs were roaming our coasts.
Don’t forget to bring sun cream as well as appropriate shoes and clothes. Children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times
(Note: This program can be subject to change due to weather conditions or any other reason not within our control.)
The boat “Rafael”
“Rafael” is a traditional fishing boat and was used for pair-trawling together with its twin “Bartolomé”. The two boats were built by the boatyard Llompart on Palma de Mallorca; the price of both of them together was 10.000 pesetas (60 €) at that time.
In those times, for pair-trawling two similar boats with two fishermen on board each were necessary. The two teams had to be very well-coordinated as they were dragging the two ends of the same fishing net behind themselves while sailing alongside each other, running under sails and propelled only by the wind.
“Rafael” worked mostly around the Balearic islands and was finally retired from active fishing in the late seventies. Throughout its history, several modification have been made.
Currently the boat is rigged as a “barca de mitjana” and carrying a total sail area of over 150 square meters. In later years it has also been fitted with a motor and is now able to carry 25 passengers.
If you are interested, call us at (+34) 6188.8.131.52 or send an email: