Bahrain’s temperature and climate are ideal for sea sports enabling enthusiasts to enjoy their hobby almost all year round. The warm shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf offer a great setting for so many aquatic pursuits from night time sea fishing to sailing and scuba diving. There are also water skiing, and cruiser racing.
Nevertheless, one should be aware that there are frequent strong winds, both in-and off-shore, which can whip up in no time at all. It’s not unusual to hear tales of ‘experienced’ sailors who glide away on calm sunny days only to get stuck in a storm and in need of assistance to make it back to terra firma. And bear in mind that the sea temperature varies from a sauna like 30� plus in August to a cool 16� in the winter months, so a wet suit might sometimes be advisable for avid water skiers or scuba divers.
Keen sailors generally join the Bahrain Yacht Club (Tel: 700677), a family oriented power boat and sailing club run ‘by the members for the members’. Its premises are located on the west coat of Bahrain, south of Sitra and facilities include wet / dry moorings for around 130/200 privately owned boats with Wayfarers, Toppers, and Lasers available for ire and a resident expatriate sailing instructor on hand for lessons. There is cruiser racing twice monthly, and a well subscribed annual offshore fishing competition. Onshore there is a swimming pool and sheltered beach with a club house which boasts of a very good coffee shop and restaurant.