Flights are not included in the cost of the berth. There are plenty of low cost carriers serving Athens (ATH), Kefalonia (EFL), Corfu (CFU), Kalamata (KLX), Skiathos (JSI)
We like our crews to arrive in the early afternoon. Sometimes we are able to start the voyage on the Saturday if we have had time to victual the boat.
If possible we will try to connect crews on WhatsApp so that if they wish they can co-ordinate their transfers. Contact us for any advice we may be able to offer.
Yachting is of necessity an intimate experience. Most yachts have one or more double cabins with a double bunk rather than two singles. While we will always try to accommodate couples and friends, and on some trips may be able to offer single bunks, it is possible you could end up sharing a double bunk, maybe with a stranger (of the same gender). Sole cabin occupancy is available, see prices.
Smoking is not permitted on the yacht. Moderate “vaping” on deck is usually possible
What to bring with you
Please remember that space on a cruising yacht is limited so try not to overdo it with the kit you bring. Although we hope for, and usually get lovely warm weather, it can rain in Greece. It is also often cooler in the evening than during the day. Suntan cream is a very good idea, a bit of insect repellent is occasionally useful, all the usual stuff, but please bring it all in a soft easily stowed bag.
Bedding is provided.
There is a kit list below which maybe of some use to you.
Please read the section below about Lifejackets
Please check you are fully covered. We advise travel insurance and a European EE1 card.
It is worth checking that your standard holiday insurance provides adequate cover for our sort of sailing, cruising. Many seem to only cover casual “beach” sailing.
There are providers of specialist sailors insurance, such as Topsail
We want our Greek voyages to be as much like a charter as possible; we want our crew to understand the costs involved in sailing in Greece. (We also want to keep the headline cost per berth as low as possible) Our boat is self-catering, our crews decide for themselves what they wish to do about food and drink, when they want to eat ashore and when they want to eat on board. To manage this we ask each crew to set up a kitty to cover on board costs. About €60 per person is usually enough though those on boats transiting the Corinth Canal, probably the most expensive waterway in the world, may have to put in an extra €20
The RNLI advises boaters to wear lifejackets at all times when afloat: the law in the Republic of Ireland obliges the use of lifejackets and the RYA strongly advise that sailors wear lifejackets in a wide variety of circumstances.
UK flagged charter vessels are all obliged to carry an adequate number of annually tested automatic lifejackets. These are compact and easy to wear. It is unusual to see people on yachts in the UK without lifejackets.
In the usually lovely weather and in the usually gentle seas around Greece it is more usual to see people on yachts without lifejackets
Greek charter yachts are equipped with an adequate number of large, solid “softish” lifejackets, sometimes described as ”titanic LJs” These are bulky, lack crutch straps and do not have integral harnesses. They are seldom worn as a matter of course but would be of use in an emergency.
Many who come voyaging with Solstice Sailing and The Jollies are already “serial sailors” who have bought their own LJ and bring them to Greece.
For who don’t or those starting out on their sailing “journey” I would strongly advise the purchase of a modern, properly certified automatic LJ. If you really don’t want to buy one, try to borrow one.
Interestingly yacht delivery companies oblige their crews to always travel with their own LJs and safety tethers.
I would recommend an LJ that has a “lift” of at least 150N, is automatic (so it will inflate if you are unconscious) has an integral harness and a crutch strap. A quick internet search turns up such an LJ, including delivery for £55. (Feb 19)
I have never had a problem flying with an auto gas LJ but it is always worth checking with the airline before you fly.
Here are some suggestions for a kit list drawn up by a fellow sailor with a few years experience of sailing in Greece in April and October:
- Clothing for mixed weather/temperatures
(Last October/November we had one morning of heavy rain, an afternoon with a cold wind and on other days we were swimming)
- Sailing Jacket, Fleece / layers for under jacket
(I took my regular oilskin jacket)
- Waterproof bottoms/trousers
(I took a pair of very light weight (compact) over trousers)
- Sailing boots (optional – pros & cons to these)
(I didn’t take mine and went barefooted on the wet morning)
- Medium towel (1 small one is provided)
(travel towels are great)
- Non marking trainers / deck shoes (regular trainers are fine)
- 1 x thermal vest/t-shirt (just in case!)
- Sailing gloves (fingerless best)
- A hat of some sort
- USB charger / media cable
- Own medications with briefing sheet if others may be required to administer
- SEA SICKNESS medication if you are prone to it, or unsure
- Wash bag + contents
Optional if you have space:
- Media player (music) or USB stick with music
- Ginger Biscuits, Bourbon Creams, Digestives, Penguins or similar, own choice of snacks e.g. pistachio nuts!
- General first aid kit bits
- Duty Free
- Laptop/tablet with GPS and electronic charts
(very much optional and for your interest. The boat has all the gear)
- Any RYA course literature that you may want to discuss on the voyage
(of use to those on the journey through the RYA Cruising scheme)
- Local guide books for the route / printed info from internet