Flotilla Sailing Holidays in Greece
The Ionian is the home of Flotilla Sailing. The area lends itself to novice sailors and sailors learning as it has flat seas, short distances and few hazards. A typical flotilla route with Sail Ionian is outlined below - this is just an example as we plan routes depending on experience, wind direction and what you want to do when you arrive!
We are a family owned and run company and the people you speak to on the phone are the same people who meet you when you arrive in Greece!You can have a skipper on the yacht for a flexible no. days if you would like to build confidence and experience or you can just choose to meet us in the evenings.
Any questions please call Katie or Di on 0800 321 3800.
We offer a service which lies somewhere in between the traditional flotilla and a bareboat charter. It has proven extremely popular and continues to allow nervous or less experienced sailors and even experienced skippers to relax, go off the beaten track and enjoy their sailing holiday.
Never been sailing? Request an instructor on your yacht on a flexible basis teaching you as much or as little as you would like to learn. They do not sleep on board for the first few days unless you want to sail further afield. Learn more about our Learn to Sail Holidays.
Sail Ionian: Informal Flotilla Sailing Holidays or a Normal Flotilla?
The difference between us and other flotillas is that we are a small family run company. We follow a route which changes depending on weather and what you as a group of yachts want to do - and this could mean we change the route daily. We try to avoid the harbours with all the larger flotilla companies and try to take you off the beaten track a little! Our yachts are new and almost never break down so we dont need an engineer on site all the (but obviously if something happened we would be there in a flash!). We offer full support throughout the week. Our informal flotilla runs for the first few days of the week and we offer an all week lead boat support in high season.
You can choose on a day to day basis whether you want to join us in the evening and if you want to moor in the bay around the corner to the harbour or go in the harbour around the corner instead of the bay for example this is absoluely fine and we will help you moor and check everything is ok regardless. Our informal flotilla skippers meet the yachts in at around 5-7pm each evening ( or earlier if requested). The best parts of the Ionian are the smaller harbours and bays which large flotillas cannot visit so we do not take any more than 10 yachts (usually 5) and not all moor in the same place.
Included in the Informal Flotilla Greece with Sail Ionian: Support with Mooring, Expert Tuition from Qualified Yacht Instructors, in high season we have Fishing Kits and Competitions!, Dinghy Racing, Drinks Parties, No group briefings(!), No group dinners (unless requested!).
Our preference is to build the skills of the crew with assisted sailing or RYA training in the first few days before the informal flotilla. This makes the holiday safer and means you can be more adventurous when sailing to the new places. A little training will always enhance enjoyment of a sailing yacht charter in the Ionian sea with the right instruction.
If you are thinking of flotillas for the social side of the holiday, you will meet plenty of people each night in the harbours and if you have children you will find your route dictated by them anyhow! Sail Ionian offers the same support to bareboaters as to those on flotilla with weather information sent by text daily and a familiar face in the harbour at night.
Have you been on a flotilla sailing holiday? If the answer is yes, then you will probably be ready to progress to Assisted Sailing. Depending on your flotilla sailing experience you may still need some additional training. This can be done with just stern too mooring practice on the first morning, assisted sailing or with an RYA training course. If the answer is no, call us if you have any questions.
What is a traditional Flotilla Sailing Holiday? Many people start their sailing in the Ionian with a flotilla sailing holiday. Flotilla sailing holidays in Greece are a great way for non sailors, dinghy sailors or less experienced sailors to gain initial experience and enjoy the beauty of the Greek islands with not only their family and friends but many others as well. A flotilla sailing holiday is where a group of yachts on charter (normally up to twelve) travel in company to end up at the same destination each evening. The flotilla lead yacht is crewed by a skipper hostess and engineer. They plan the day and will normally follow a set route for the week. It is possible to take part in flotilla sailing with minimal sailing skills, providing the winds stay light and the weather is mild. The waters of the Ionian Islands have no tides and stable weather so they are ideal. When considering a flotilla sailing holiday in Greece the South Ionian is probably the best area to start.
With Sail Ionian, it is preferable that you have at least Basic Training and definitely some safety training for all of those on board, before chartering a yacht unless you plan to have the skipper on board all week. This can be completed with our Assisted Sailing, an RYA Start Yachting or RYA Competent Crew course which gives you a certificate and enables you to log your miles for future sailing.
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