Assisted Sailing
For less experienced sailors who want to enjoy the delights of the Ionian Islands.

For those who would like a little assistance

Already qualified but want a little assistance? Assisted sailing offers support for the first day or two of your holiday. Many of our bareboat charterers only sail once or twice a year and we aim to offer a helping hand at the start of your holiday. If you are RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualified but are either nervous about sailing bareboat or just a bit rusty then we can help. Practice your skills with a professional skipper onboard, offering one on one personalised instruction. We highly recommend the assisted sailing for one day if you have inexperienced crew or young children. We can show your crew what’s safe, what’s not, and ensure everyone knows their jobs in different situations to help ensure a stress free sailing holiday.


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 everyone is getting on after each day.

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 at the end of the day. The following morning, they return to the yacht and teach 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 24 hours 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.

Do I Need Assisted Sailing?

For those new to sailing holidays, this time will cover all the important basics from safety, mooring, sails up and down, man overboard procedures to anchoring in bays. It is very relaxed teaching – at your pace! It is a very good idea for beginners and seasoned sailors alike.

For anyone looking for some additional coaching this is a great way to build confidence. 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. Whatever you want to learn in Greece we are more than happy to show you.

Take a look at how we run assisted charters at Sail Ionian here

Required Experience

Day Skipper

The skipper must hold a minimum of an RYA Day Skipper or an International Certificate of Competence.

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What's Included

Provided Support

Weather Update

Sent daily by SMS

Onboard Skipper

Trained in first aid

Basic Training

And boat briefing

Free Mooring Practise

And long lining

Support Rib

Support within an hour

24hr helpline

In case of emergency