FLOTILLA SAILING HOLIDAYS

Great fun for couples, friends & families!

Explore the Greek islands with the help & advice from the lead crew.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Ionian

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Saronic Gulf & Sporades

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Aegean & Dodecanese

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper

The island of Kefalonia in the Ionian is a firm favourite. The harbour at Fiskardo is a delight with candy-coloured, 18th century Venetian buildings that have been made into smart restaurants and shops. The romantic epic, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed on the island, mostly at Sami and on Myrtos Beach. Hire a car and explore inland - the Drogarati Caves and Melissani Lake are worth the trip. Visit Kefalonia on the Ionian flotilla.

The Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, one of the best preserved in Greece, was built in the 4th century BC.  Even in ancient times, it was considered to have great acoustics. The actors can be heard perfectly by all 15,000 spectators. The limestone rows filter the low-frequency murmur of the crowd but amplify the sounds from the stage. It's well worth the short taxi ride from the harbour. Visit Epidavros on the Saronic flotilla.

Skopelos is a favourite in the Sporades. There's two harbours on the island - Skopelos town and Glossa - small, traditional and unashamedly Greek. There are lovely beaches and anchorages, such as the pine-clad bay of Panormos featured in Michael Carroll’s Gates of the Wind, which describes these enchanted islands before tourism. The wedding scene in the movie Mamma Mia was filmed at chapel on the cliff at Kastri. Visit Skopelos on the flotilla from Skiathos.

 

Flotillas in Greece

Flotilla sailing holidays are an ideal mix between sailing your own charter yacht and having the support and advice of the flotilla lead crew to make the most of your sailing holiday.

If you have sailing experience you can join a flotilla and skipper your own charter yacht. Less experienced skippers will appreciate help from the flotilla skipper with mooring stern to or bows to the quayside at the end of an enjoyable afternoon's sail. More experienced skippers join a flotilla for the social life. Flotilla sailing holidays are a popular choice for couples, friends and families. During the school holidays there are usually other families in the flotillas so it's fun for the kids as well.

The flotilla sailing itineraries are arranged so that you visit the best places but there is always the opportunity for free sailing. Stop for a lunchtime swim and picnic in a beautiful bay. Enjoy great sailing in the afternoon breeze before mooring up for the night in a bustling Greek harbour where you can step off your yacht onto a quayside full of bars and tavernas.

Flotilla sailing holidays in Greece

The Ionian Flotilla from Palairos is a perfect choice for couples and families with children seeking a relaxed flotilla sailing holiday in Greece with lighter winds, easy navigation and shorter sailing passages. Explore the beautiful islands of Lefkas, Meganissi, Kalamos, Ithaca and Kephalonia.

 

The Saronic Flotilla from Athens is ideal for sailors who have already sailed in the Ionian. Reliable winds and good sailing without being too challenging. Highlights of this flotilla sailing holiday include the amphitheatre at Epidavros and the islands of Poros, Aegina and Hydra - a great mix of modern and ancient Greek culture.

The Kos Flotilla explores some of the smaller and lesser known islands of the Dodecanese, such as Symi, Nisyros, Tilos, Kalymnos, Lipsi and Patmos and visits Turkey and the stunning Aegean coast - an irrestible flotilla choice for more experienced sailors.

 

The Skiathos Flotilla suits more experienced crews who relish the sailing challenge of fresh breezes and quieter islands. One week the flotilla sails west into the beautiful Gulf of Volos, the following week east to the islands of the Sporades - Skopelos, Alonissos, Peristeri, renowned for their sandy beaches, scenic pine-wood hills and pretty harbours.

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