Sail Ionian’s Sail Music Event!

A unique event combining the beautiful islands of the Ionian and a group of talented musicians


It was planned years ago… it was going to be a showstopper, a sellout, the event of the summer! Sail Music was going to be Sail Ionian’s first classical music event in collaboration with Gabrielle Yakoub – a world-renowned Violin & Cello restorer, maker & dealer. Gabrielle is famous among classical musicians globally and also happens to have a passion for sailing, Greece and specifically the Ionian!

Gabrielle (left), Di (centre) and Maxim (right)

As one of our long returning guests, Gabrielle first suggested the idea of a concert to Di several summers ago and the planning began immediately… there would be a dinghy festival – dinghies all moored around the back of a yacht with the musicians performing onboard at sunset… there would be a concert on the quay – a spectacular way to end our guests holidays… there would be several other concerts over the course of a week or so at various locations around the Ionian to celebrate the talent of Gabrielle and his orchestra.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 had other ideas and for obvious health & safety reasons and to abide by social-distancing laws here in Greece, the event had to be scaled down massively. But all the planning did not go to waste – Gabrielle and the other musicians have successfully held several small concerts at Mariboo Beach in Nidri, Porto Spilia on Meganisi and will continue their week with a small event for our flotilla guests at Apagio’s in Fiscardo on Kefalonia on Friday before the finale (sadly a much smaller affair than originally planned!) back at Mariboo Beach in Nidri on Saturday – but the talent levels are through the roof!!

The venues have been adhering strictly to social-distancing rules with no standing or gathering of groups, only reservations sat down at tables.

Next summer when things return to something nearer normal, Gabrielle plans on a bigger & better event – promoting the beauty of the Ionian along with some stunning musical performances!


Gabrielle Yakoub – Violin Maker, Restorer & Dealer and Event Organiser

Alexandra Yangel – Mezzo soprano

Jimmy Magsevi –  Tenor & professional gala singer

Vladislav Kozin – Cellist

Maxim Rysanov – Violist

Maxim & Vladislav rehearsing

Alexandra asleep with her Cello on Frank

The group rehearsing – anchored off Nidri Beach…

More rehearsals on board

Gabrielle’s footage from the show in Spilia

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