SAILING HOLIDAYS IN GREECE
INCLUDED IN YOUR YACHT:
Free weather SMS everyday, stern-to mooring training, food and drink welcome pack, outboard and spare fuel, towels, tea-towels and bed linen, spotlessly clean and fully equipped yacht with everything from spare batteries, pegs, bin bags etc to all navigation gear, masks and snorkels, last night drinks party, sailing on Sunday of arrival.
Sail Ionian is well-known for providing the best maintained and equipped bareboat yachts in Greece.
Just in case you have any problems, however minor, we also have the largest back up speed boat in our area and will not hesitate to come and check anything on your yacht, within an hour of receiving your call.
If you are a competent sailor and are happy to skipper a bareboat yacht safely on your sailing holiday in the Southern Ionian, we are happy to let you do so! We would expect that at least one person in your party is qualified and experienced enough to handle the yacht safely and competently. You will be fully briefed on the yacht and given advice on the sailing area.
We send a weather text each morning, we are around to help with mooring on the first few nights if required and we have an excellent fast rib, and 24hr phone line as a support service. We recommend you charter a similar size yacht to yachts you have skippered previously.
Feel free to discuss any questions about bareboat charter with us either by phone or email. Ask for Di or Katie - 0800 321 3800.
The welcome pack for all bareboat charters includes linen, towels, fruit bowl, juice, milk, condiments, olives/tatziki, fresh bread, kitchen roll, toilet rolls, bin bags, cleaning sprays and cloths, masks and snorkels, and much more. Your yacht will be ready for your arrival on the Sunday and you can sail that same day. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us.
If you are unsure as to whether you want to do bareboat or flotilla, please read about our assisted sailing below.
Assisted Yacht Charter
Assisted sailing allows anyone who is either new to sailing, nervous about sailing bareboat or just a bit rusty, to practice their skills with a professional skipper offering one on one personalised instruction. Whether you have a skipper on board, or choose to sail yourselves, it allows you to have the support you need without having to do a flotilla.
The skipper on board must have their Day Skipper qualification or an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). If you do not have this, please email us and we will suggest alternative options for you.
Having a skipper/instructor for a day or more is a great way of allowing those who have never sailed before to get to a level where they can be assisting their skipper in sailing and mooring the boat in a safe and confident manner, without the need for a flotilla holiday.
We highly recommend having an assisting skipper for one day if you have younger children. We can show the family what's safe, what's not, ensure everyone knows their jobs in different situations and help ensure a stress free sailing holiday!
For those new to sailing holidays, or sailing altogether, this training will cover all the important basics from safety, mooring, sails up and down, man overboard procedures, anchoring in bays etc. It is very relaxed teaching - at your pace!
For anyone looking for some additional coaching, whether it be to practice Mediterranean stern-to mooring, long lining, simply refreshing the crew on MOB techniques or to practice sailing in stronger winds with the family, this is a great way to build confidence without having to do a formal training course. Whatever you want to learn in Greece we are more than happy to show you.
Email us for help in choosing the right yacht. What is the difference between Assisted Sailing and a Flotilla Holiday? What about doing a formal RYA course?
How does it Work? Assisted sailing offers flexibility and a relaxed environment without the need for a skipper to sleep onboard in the evenings. There is no pre-set time for this training, we simply “play it by ear” and see how every one is getting on after each day.
On Sunday when you arrive, the instructor comes on board your yacht and sails with you to another island. We will meet you and help you moor the yacht and take the skipper home by speed boat. The following morning, they return to the yacht and practice stern to mooring, or whatever you want to practice. After a day or two or three, everyone should be confident enough for you to take the boat yourselves and enjoy a bareboat holiday (with support). We have a high speed rib that allows us to get to your location very quickly, you can also reach us 24hr's a day if required by telephone. The time that you will need a skipper will vary, depending on how your confidence grows and how much tuition you would like each day.