Learn fast and have fun.
Live on a yacht for a week with your own skipper / instructor and either
sit back and relax, learn to sail, or improve your sailing skills with
one of our qualified instructors.
This is the perfect holiday for:
- groups or families who
want an 'activity' holiday or to learn (or improve) their
sailing skills together
- couples or singles who
want to learn or improve, who like mixing with and meeting new
people, and do not mind sharing a yacht for a week together
- those who want to gain
experience and qualifications so that on their next holiday they can
sail their own yacht.
- anyone who always wanted
to experience the thrill of exploring the islands on a yacht, who
isn't committed to becoming a skilled sailor but who doesn't mind
helping out every now and again
this holiday you will spend one or two weeks on a yacht with an
experienced skipper / instructor (who also lives on the yacht), learning
all the skills of sailing a yacht at your own pace and in your own time.
You may aim to gain certification (explained later). But more
importantly, you should have fun. You will have the chance to:
- experience the freedom of
sailing under canvas
- learn to handle a yacht
and work as part of a team
- visit beaches and tiny
Greek villages which are not usually seen on 'ordinary' holidays
- experience the unique
social life of a flotilla holiday, as you meet up in the evenings to
meet new people and exchange the day's stories
Families and groups of friends
will enjoy the chance to spend some real 'quality' time together.
Couples and singles will have the opportunity to make new acquaintances,
and possibly lifelong friends.
This holiday involves all
aspects of living on and managing a yacht - preparation of lunches,
cleaning and tidying up are duties shared by all on board. Evening
meals are normally taken at a taverna, although you have the full use of
the on-board facilities should you wish to prepare your own meal/s.
Space limitations on board mean that you are closer to people than you
normally are for the rest of the year. Your skipper / instructor will
also be living on the yacht. They may sleep in the galley if all cabins
are full. He / She is your teacher, guide and friend. They will work to
make sure you have a memorable, enjoyable holiday. But you are expected
to play a full role in all the chores.
Interested? Please read on to
find out more about this type of holiday and whether it suits you...
Date Bands 2013
Cabin Charter 2 person (double bed) occupancy - per
cabin per week
Cabin Charter Single occupancy - per cabin per week
Sun 5 May to Sat 1
Sun 2 June to Sat 6
Sun 7 July to Sat 31 August
Sun 1 Sept to Sat 21
Sun 22 Sept to Sat 5
Prices do not include flights
There is an on-site
cash payment of 100pppw (180ppp-two-weeks) to cover
starter pack; certification and log- book; all on board
expenses such as fuel, tanked water; yacht damage waiver;
end of week final yacht clean & bed linen laundry and port
Onboard food for
breakfast/ lunch, and mooring charges will be purchased
between the clients who will also cover the
To make a reservation or enquiry please
CLICK HERE and send us a form. We will reply to confirm
availability and send you an invoice.
What is a flotilla?
yacht and single travellers
Certificates and Qualifications
day of sailing
afternoons and nights - fun and learning
Where will we visit during the week?
week sailing holidays
Skippered charter (for mixed groups of
sailors and non-sailors)
Two week cabin charter,
learn-to-sail and flotilla to the Sea of Corinth
What is a flotilla?
Your yacht is part of a group of yachts with a mix of people on board -
from novices to experienced sailors - which makes for a lively
social side to the holiday, especially when we all meet up in port in
Why the Mediterranean?
Learning to sail in the Mediterranean is infinitely preferable to
learning to sail in the North Sea or Atlantic. The Mediterranean is
tideless, making sailing much easier and more pleasurable.
Sharing a yacht and single travellers
Sharing a yacht is economical, and a great way of meeting new
Certificates and Qualifications
Our teaching programme is designed to be relaxed and informal - we don't
forget that you are on holiday - while ensuring that you follow the
general syllabus laid down by the majority of the international yachting
organisations. You can thus gain certification that will allow you to
sail on other occasions and in other locations.
For example, Skipper Certificates (for those aged 16 and over)
demonstrate that you can skipper a yacht in a safe and seamanlike manner
in non-tidal waters in daylight hours. The Non-Tidal Crew Certificate
will ensure that you will be a useful assistant in the preparation and
running of a yacht when at sea and also when ready to enter and leave
port; it can be gained by those aged 12 and above. Cadets (9 to 12 years
old) can gain the Introduction to Yachting Certificate.
The time taken obtaining these certificates depends on individual
ability and keenness on the part of the participants.
first day of sailing
On the first day of the learn-to-sail course, there is a very
comprehensive safety briefing before leaving port. The workings of the
yacht, the engine, handling the boat under power, sail controls etc.,
will all be explained while the prior experience (if any) of the team on
board is assessed. The yacht will make its way along the coast to the
first lunch-time stop and swim of the week in a private cove - one of
the main joys of sailing your own boat.
After lunch, the afternoon will
probably be spent sailing, letting everyone get the feel for the yacht
in its natural environment.
Mornings, afternoons and nights - fun and learning
Arriving in port on the first day, around 1730/1800 hours, you will have
gained a much better understanding of the mysteries of sailing and will
be ready for a long, cool drink. Mornings tend to bring lighter winds -
perfect for practising and teaching. After lunch, the brisker afternoon
winds make for great sailing. Evenings are spent in port. During the
course of the week, the complete beginner to sailing will be shown how
to tie knots correctly as well as general rope handling, how to steer a
boat under both sail and power, how to handle the sails, mooring and
anchoring, basic navigation and all the other sailing functions which
lead to gaining the Yacht Crew Certificate (non-tidal). Those with prior
dinghy/yacht/boating experience will be taught how to develop their
skills, with more advanced techniques, to gain (depending on the
individual ability) the Yacht Skipper Certificate (non-tidal).
Daily distances on the lead flotilla yacht (also one of the training
yachts) are relatively short, and we are usually moored up for the day
by late afternoon, having anchored in a secluded bay for lunch and a
swim although, occasionally, lunch may have to be taken on the move.
Where will we visit during the week?
We will change the itinerary and route depending on the weather and
experience of the crew, but during your week you can expect to sail,
swim and sleep around Lefkas, Meganisi. Ithaka, Kefalonia and the
Our sailing area
Two week sailing holidays
If you are taking a two-week sailing holiday and if at least one of your
group has some previous boating experience, you may wish - after
spending the first week on the tuition yacht - to take a yacht
yourselves for the second week, sailing as part of the flotilla. It's an
excellent way to learn - all the group benefits from the first week's
training and those wishing to become skippers can take the lead during
the second week, all the while under the watchful eye of the overall
flotilla skipper and instructors on the other yachts. Such skippering
experience makes it much easier to upgrade to a full tidal skipper's
certificate at a later date. Another popular two-week combination is to
spend the first week of your holiday on the learn-to-sail yacht and the
second week ashore, at one of our wide selection on hotels, apartments
and villas all over Lefkas.
Skippered charter (for mixed groups of sailors and non-sailors)
You may not wish to learn to sail, but like the idea of sailing around
the Ionian islands, partaking in the social life of the flotilla, with
friends or family who are learning to sail. If so, you are welcome to
join our live-aboard flotilla with them. While you may be asked to lend
a hand when necessary, the rest of the time you can relax, enjoy the
scenery, read and daydream about the countless historical and
mythological tales originating from these Greek waters.
week cabin charter, learn-to-sail and flotilla to the Sea of Corinth
On certain dates we also operate a two-week Cabin Charter and Flotilla
route which go much further into the Sea of Corinth and which allow for
a couple of non-sailing days to do some sightseeing in such stops as
Delphi and Missolonghi (The famous British poet
Lord Byron, who supported the Greek struggle for independence, died
here in 1824. He is commemorated by a cenotaph containing his heart and
a statue located in the town). Two of the legs (to and from the Straits
of Patras the entrance to the Sea of Corinth) are longer then our
normal daily distance on the one-week route; but this is more then
compensated for by the sightseeing stopovers, the scenery and
antiquities in this off the beaten track cruising area.
The prices are the same as
above (2 x 1-week rate) but the on-site cash payment is 250pp to allow
for the extra fuel and we shall also provide breakfast, lunch and
refreshments aboard. This is a once in a lifetime experience do come
and share it with us!
Ionian Learn to Sail from Lefkas
Ionian yacht share from Lefkas
Ionian cabin charter from Lefkas
Ionian skippered yacht charter from Lefkas