Explore a different island every day on your sailing holiday in Greece.
Picturesque fishing harbours, idyllic anchorages, history and culture - Greece is the perfect destination for your next Mediterranean sailing holiday. So many Greek islands to discover and so conveniently arranged within easy sailing distance. Charter a yacht and return to your favourite sailing area or discover somewhere new to sail in Greece. Each harbour and island you visit is unique. Sailing in Greece is a fabulous island-hopping adventure holiday and the most popular sailing holiday destination in the world.
The Southern Ionian is a firm favourite amongst many sailors and for good reason! The shorter distances between islands mean you are never far from another idyllic bay or traditional fishing village. A perfect choice for couples, families and groups wanting lighter winds and easy navigation around picturesque islands.
For charters in the Northern Ionian, start your holiday from Corfu and enjoy some longer passages, reliable winds and an 'off the beaten track' feel. Daily flights into Corfu make this area very accessible and with just a 15 minute transfer from the airport to the marina, you will soon be settling into holiday mode!
Start your charter from Athens and experience a fantastic taste of what Greece has to offer. After setting sail into the Saronic Gulf it is easy to forget that you are only a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of a capital city. Unspoiled islands, ancient temples and bustling towns all await you. Reliable winds and average daily sailing distances of around 19nm make Athens a great option for couples, groups and families alike.
Skiathos is a fantastic sailing destination for sailors seeking fresh breezes in an unspoilt area. With fewer yachts based here than in other areas of Greece, it is possible to get the 'off the beaten track' feel which is appealing to so many.
Marvel at the beauty of the quintessential Greek landscape with turquoise waters and white villages dotted with blue domed rooftops. You will find this and so much more starting your sailing holiday from Lavrion or Paros in the Aegean. This sailing area is suited to more experienced sailors looking for stronger winds and longer passages. We have rated this destination a 'Level 2-3' (levels info)
A sailing holiday from Kos in the Dodecanese, offers a great variety of unspoilt, historic and culturally rich islands to visit. Longer passages and stronger winds make the Dodecanese suitable for more experienced sailors. We have rated this destination a 'Level 3' (levels info)
Extend your Greek sailing holiday with a week in a hotel.
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"The boys and I had a fantastic time. We think you have a gem in your flotilla team. The places we visited were perfect and with a mixture of boat skills which all added to the experience. The transfers were spot on too. I had forgotten how beautiful the Ionian was."
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To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.