As an archipelago nation with many islands, sailing in Bahrain was and still is an important method of travel. During the ancient times until the golden age of sail, sailing in the Persian Gulf, and anywhere in the world for that matter, was the only way for goods, cargo, news and people to be transported across vast distances between countries, islands and continents. As an island nation, Bahrain utilized sailing for all sorts of activities from fishing to trade. Today, some fishermen still use traditional Dhows to get to their bountiful fishing spots since it is extremely efficient as well as silent. For most Bahraini people as well as tourists however, sailing is a recreational pastime that is done for leisure and pleasure.
There is nothing like cutting through the water on a straight run while being propelled by nature’s own breath and the sound of the waves. There is no other form of travel as pure and clean as sailing. The only thing that moves the vessel through the waves is wind power and wind power alone. When sightseeing along Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, nothing is as serene as a sailboat on a mellow beam reach. No noisy engine or exhaust fumes to taint the ocean breeze but just the sound of the waves, the wind and the sea birds. But for those looking to do away with laid-back sailing and would like more excitement, perhaps some hardcore small boat or catamaran sailing would suit their fancy.
Leaning onto the windward side with all of one’s weight allowing a pontoon to get airborne is one of the most exhilarating sailing experiences one can ever have. And with 40 knot winds that often come off the coast of Bahrain, this could translate to some serious speed for sailors with a penchant for the fast lane. The Bahrain yacht club is a great way to meet sailors who live on the edge. These are the same people who love to hang over the gunwales of a boat to counterbalance the brute strength of the wind in their sails.
Aside from daredevils and mad men of the sailing world, the Bahrain yacht club also has more affluent individuals more focused on the serenity and splendor of sailing. Whatever one seeks as a sailing enthusiast, the Bahrain yacht club can help them find the right kind of people. Although one will usually only find modern Bermuda rigged boats at the Bahrain yacht club’s marina, there are also more traditional vessels that navigate the waters.
Some fishermen still use classical wooden Dhows to catch their bounty, and some of these fishermen will also ferry passengers for leisurely trips. If visitors really want to see Bahrain through the eyes of its ancestors that came before them, it can only be done on an authentic Dhow with lateen sails. These tenacious slow moving vessels formed the backbone of trade in Bahrain and everywhere on Arabian Seas. It remains amazing to see that they still remain unchanged until this day. Sailing in Bahrain is truly a once in a lifetime experience. With its temperate waters and steady winds, any sailor or sailing enthusiast would love to ride the winds of Bahrain.