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Day Charters and Learn to Sail

Day Charters

Planning a holiday and what do to something different? Why not charter one of our yachts for a day, or two, or even three! If you have a recognised sailing qualification (ICC, Day Skipper) you can take a bareboat, alternatively you can have a skippered charter. So whether you just want a relaxing day, or want to "learn the ropes" we will have something to offer you. A typical day charter includes anchoring off for a refreshing swim and a snorkell, a visit to an neighbouring island for lunch, and as much or as little sailing as you would like. The possibilities are endless!

Day charter is available skippered or bareboat. Prices start at 350 euros a day- split between a group, this makes for a very enjoyable and inexpensive day out on your own private yacht! You can choose between a comfortable Bavaria 30 to a Luxury Bavaria 45. See our yachts page for more details!

Transport can be arranged from your villa/hotel to our base if required.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact info@sailionian.com or call 0800 321 3800

 

Learn to Sail

An alternative to our day charters and an excellent addition to anyones holiday, no matter what your age, is our two day Start Yachting Course. This course is a short introduction to sailing for those who have never sailed before and would like to try it for the first time. During the two days you will be introduced to many aspects of sailing including putting up the sails, helming, mooring the boat and safety on board whilst exploring the Grenadine islands. Your instructor will be there to teach and make sure you have a fun time, whilst gaining a qualification and experience that is unmatched to any other. Learn to sail in one of the most stunning sailing areas in the world. The RYA Start Yachting Course Completion certificate can be carried forward to your next course, Competent Crew. It can normally mean you reduce the 5 day Competent Crew course to 3 days or 2 weekends.

TYPICAL ITINERARY

Day 1: Meet your instructor and be shown around the yacht and guided through all the safety procedures on board, the deck gear, ropes and rigging. Slip the mooring, hoist the sails and practice helming the yacht to the nearby island of Meganisi. Once you arrive you can practice using the anchor and mooring the yacht rotating jobs. Row the dinghy ashore for lunch on the beach.In the afternoon, practice hoisting the sails whilst at anchor and learn what rope does what! Set sail and on route practice trimming sails and using sheets and halyards. Stop for a brief swim & snack and refresh on sail theory and what ropes do what. Following a relax and swim, enjoy a sunset sail to practicing what each crew member should do in a man overboard situation. Enter the harbour at night and moor anchored under the stars. Following stowing of sails and a debrief, enjoy dinner ashore in a local restaurant.

DAY 2: Breakfast on board, followed by a brief chat about weather forcasting, a recap of safety procedures and preparing your yacht for sea. Leave the mooring and try your hand at mooring the yacht on the quay. Practice rigging and slipping of mooring lines and even try helming yourself! After another sail, stop off and enjoy lunch on boardl. On the way learn how to steer a compass course under power and sail and help with using GPS and hand bearing compass to navigate in between the reefs! Talk about collision regulations and how to spot boats on a collision course. Once arrived, relax and enjoy a swim and lunch on board. In the afternoon enjoy a sail back to Vliho, talking through names of parts of the yacht and collision regulations. Moor the yacht with all your new knowledge at Vliho!

WHAT TO BRING: Hat, sunglasses, non-marking shoes, possibly a warm jumper. All safety equipment, notebooks, linen, towels, mask and snorkels, course books etc are provided.

START YACHTING SYLLABUS

The Yacht - Basic Knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, rigging and sails.

Ropework - ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn, and two half hitches, bowline. Securing a rope to a cleat, use of winches and jamming cleats.

Underway - experience sailing a yacht on all points of sail, steer a yacht under sail or power, learn the rules of the road and keep an efficient lookout at sea.

Meteorology - know where to obtain a weather forecast

MOB - understand the actions to be taken to recover a man overboard.

Clothing and equipment - understand and comply with the rules for wearing saefty harnesses, life jackets and personal buoyancy aids.

Emergency equipment and precautions - Is aware of hazards on board a yacht and knows the actions to be taken in the event of an emergency.

For more information email Katie@sailionian.com