In July and August, thermometers across Europe soar to unprecedented heights. Daytime temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius are the order of the day in large parts of the Mediterranean and Central Europe, even the nights bring little cooling. SeaHelp has compiled eleven tips on how to enjoy your time on board relaxed and healthy despite the heat.
The warmer it gets, the more we sweat. The loss of fluid must be compensated. Therefore, the regular handle to the water bottle is important, as well as warm or even cold tea is suitable. Sugary, chilled drinks provide a welcome short-term cooling effect, but do not quench thirst. In return, the body is heated up a bit further because further heat is produced when sugar is digested. But the principle “Drink, drink, drink” does not apply to alcohol. The warmer it gets, the less alcohol should be drunk, because the cardiovascular system is unnecessarily burdened.
If temperatures climb far above the 30 degrees mark, a hearty pork knuckle is just as inappropriate as a lavish meal or an expansive pasta platter. Much better: several small meals spread throughout the day, lots of fruit, vegetables and salad. Anything that does not overload the body. Also allowed: salty snacks. Especially delicious: cold, refreshing dishes such as bsp. the famous Spanish soup gazpocho (Food & Drink).
For centuries, there has been nothing like an extended siesta during the midday hours in Spain, Italy and France. The stores are closed, and the streets seem deserted in the midday heat. Do the same! Give yourself and your body a rest, find a shady spot on board to relax, read, listen to music or just gently doze off. Even better, spend the hours when the sun is at its zenith at sea, far from stuffy harbors and windless anchorages.
From sunstroke caused by too much heat and too much sun on the head helps not only a place in the shade, but especially a cool head. The lighter the headgear, the better. If there is little wind, wide-brimmed sun hats made of straw are also suitable on board. If the wind is stronger, baseball caps are a good alternative. The outfit is completed by sunglasses, so that the eyes are protected as well as the brain. Add to this airy, light, breathable clothing. Dressing as little as possible and only being on deck in bikini or swim trunks is not always wise. Not only do you risk sunburn, but the sun heats up your body even more through your bare skin.
Even in the shade, you’re not safe from UV rays. Just that you do not realize so quickly that the sun is too hot and burns the skin. In summer on board, applying a water-compatible sunscreen in the morning should be as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth.
If a bimini is available, the cockpit quickly becomes a popular shady spot. Alternatively, a sun sail provides plenty of shade; if the sun shines particularly intensely, large flags or sheets stretched between shrouds and mast also help. Difficult in windy conditions, but easy to install are also sunshades, which are attached with a zeiser in front of the helm and protect the helmsman or helmswoman from the glaring sun.
In marinas, the hot air accumulates especially, who lies in the harbor, has below deck easily five degrees more on the thermometer than in the anchorage before. So: Better anchor and go ashore with the dinghy or stand up paddling board and enjoy the few degrees less on the water.
Set your alarm
It’s coolest in the early morning hours. If you get up early, you’ll be the first one at the bakery and supermarket in the morning, and you’ll weigh anchor when the sun is still far from its zenith. A pleasant side effect is that if you weigh anchor early, you’ll still have plenty of room in the anchorage at your new destination.
Sleep with draught
Who could not get hold of one of the popular sleeping places in the cockpit, provides as much as possible fresh air and draught below deck. To avoid catching a cold, cover up with a light blanket or sheet even in high temperatures. Windsocks placed over deck hatches provide fresh air and good ventilation below deck. If the air is stifling, fans and small ventilators will also help if the ship does not have air conditioning.
No matter how worth seeing the old town is and how charming a hike up the next mountain: In the heat, you should rather expect little than much and make generous cutbacks in the cultural leisure and sightseeing program. It’s better to lie at anchor in a relaxed bay and occasionally jump into the more than pleasantly warm water to cool off. Alternative: well air-conditioned museums.
Down into the water
With temperatures just below 30 degrees, the “cool water” is a more than welcome way to cool off. However, in order to spare the circulation, you should not jump directly into the water from the side of the boat with a daring headlong dive, but rather cool down slowly before going swimming and snorkeling extensively. The cooling effect of the water can also be used on board: A wet towel around the shoulders, on the forehead or even around the head provides a pleasant “cooling effect” due to the resulting evaporative cooling.