Sailing and sunbathing

Pay attention to the sun during the sailing

Sunbathing on your vacation

On sun holidays in the Mediterranean countries, it is recommended to use sunscreen with a high protection / factor. As a sailor, you are exposed to the sun's rays for hours at a time. And here you get some advice along the way, so you have the opportunity to protect yourself against skin cancer, which is one of the most common cancers. But it is relatively easy to prevent.

Sun height is crucial for the UV index. Therefore, the closer you are to the Equator, the larger the UV index. The height above sea level also means something: On a mountain top, the UV radiation is stronger than at the sea surface "in the same place". This is because there is less overlying atmosphere to absorb the harmful radiation.

The ozone layer absorbs much of the harmful UV radiation. The ozone layer varies with the season. But closer to the Equator, the ozone layer is always thinner than over Denmark, and the sun is always higher in the sky. The UV index is therefore always larger closer to the Equator.



Here with some good sun advice.


The sun's UV radiation is strongest between 12:00 PM and 15:00 PM, and almost half of the UV radiation falls during this time period. Therefore, you can avoid a lot of UV radiation by finding shade in the middle of the day. Here it is possible to find a little "shelter" under the boat's bimini (awning). But be aware that even if you are sheltered and not directly in the sun, the sun's rays are reflected in surfaces.

Sun hat and clothing with sun protection:

If it is not possible to get in the shade, it is recommended to wear a sun hat with a wide shade. Many people use a cap, but be aware here that it does not shade the ears. If you still want to be active in the middle of the day, wear clothes with sun protection. This is also a good alternative if you bathe a lot.


As mentioned earlier, the sun's rays are healthy for the body if one does not overdo sunbathing. Therefore, one should enjoy the rays of the sun with care. Therefore, it is also important to use sunscreen that protects the skin from UV radiation. And if the sunscreen is to be effective, then it must be used in copious amounts and distributed well and thoroughly on the skin. It is important that you know your skin type. Your skin type has an influence on how much sun you can tolerate and how much protection you need. It is important to check it before you go on holiday, so you get the right sunscreen. There are many places on the web where you can read more about what skin type you are. It is also important that you examine the UV index every morning of your vacation. There is free app UV index for your mobile phone. Then you always have information about UV index.