Skilled yachtsmen would consider nothing else, because the relatively slow-moving, safety-first flotillas tend to steer clear of the stronger breezes that tend to develop from mid-afternoon onwards. These winds turn yachting from a gentle, sociable pastime into a thrilling adventure sport for those who know what they're doing, but they do play havoc with the gin-and-tonics. The cost of a sailing holiday is influenced by many different factors: the time of the year the further away from August, the cheaper ; the quality, age and size of the yacht you charter; the length of the cruise two weeks can be much more economical than one ; the level of tuition and assistance required; the hire of extras, such as motorised dinghies and windsurfing equipment; and the destination flights to Athens tend to be much cheaper than to Rhodes.
There's an almost infinite variety of packages available from dozens of specialist companies: some all-inclusive, others covering only the hire of the yacht; some partly shore-based, others exclusively at sea. Sunvil Sailing ; www. Sunsail ; www. This summer, the company is opening new bases in Tropea, on the southern Italian mainland, and Palermo in Sicily, providing easy access to the Aeolian and Aegedean Island groups, and bringing even Malta and Tunisia within reach of the bareboater.
Several companies have a pool of local skippers on standby for learners who lack the confidence to pilot their own boat, even after completing their tuition. Sailing Holidays ; www. Its main base is on the Ionian island of Lefkas — an ideal flotilla holiday location — but bareboaters prefer its mainland base at Kalamaki, near Athens, which gives access to the beautiful islands of Poros and Hydra in the Saronic Gulf where the sailing is straightforward and the Cyclades group to the south-west, where the open sea and the influence of the Meltemi can make things more interesting.
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Some of the larger companies offer "one-way" options for accredited bareboat sailors, who can charter a yacht in one port and drop it off at another, enabling them to cover a greater distance and see more of the country they're visiting. If money is no object, and you want to experience the thrill of serious yachting in a stress-free, luxurious environment, a handful of companies offer private yachts, complete with a professional captain and chef, who remain on board throughout the trip.
At their bases in Athens and Kos, Moorings ; www. The cabins are equipped with televisions and DVD players. The boats carry snorkelling gear, kayak, sailboards and an inflatable dinghy with an outboard engine. All meals, snacks and beverages are included, but the price doesn't include flights or transfers, and at the end of the voyage the crew will expect a gratuity of 10 to 15 per cent. Bareboaters in some countries are charged for anchoring at marinas and quays. Generally, there are no charges for dropping anchor and coming ashore in a dinghy, and in both Turkey and Greece mooring fees are minimal.
Gulets are classical, wooden craft that have been remodelled for modern cruising, successfully cornering a large chunk of the country's sailing market.
Elegant but sturdy, they measure up to ft in length and ply the waters of Turkey's luminescent Lycian coast between early May and late October. Equipped with anything from four to eight guest cabins, the boats are locally crewed, and propelled by sail, engine or a combination of both, depending on the conditions. Guests are invited to learn the ropes and take a hand at the helm, but the majority prefer to fill the gaps between meals — three per day as well as afternoon tea — by doing as little as possible. Among many companies offering gulet cruise holidays, Exclusive Escapes ; www.
A typical peak season deal is the cruise from Gocek to Kalkan departing on 19 July. A white-knuckle voyage this is not. More photogenic than any of the billionaires' super-yachts that clog up the Mediterranean's fashionable harbours are two tall ships — the Royal Clipper left and Star Clipper right — which have added a wind-assisted dimension to luxury cruising.
The flagship is the towering, five-masted Royal Clipper, the largest sailing vessel to be built since , which carries up to guests and nearly half as many crew around the coasts of Italy and Croatia. The tallest of the ship's masts is ft; it has three swimming pools, a spa, a health club, and an extraordinary array of 42 sails, which are unfurled by the crew, more as an entertaining deck-show than a serious attempt to catch the wind.
If possible, the Royal Clipper, along with its smaller sister, the Star Clipper, does some genuine sailing on each voyage, but relies on its engines to keep to schedule. The two clippers ; www. There are five Royal Clipper cruises this summer, beginning on 28 June, when the vessel will take 11 days to meander to Venice, via Ponza, Capri, Sicily, Corfu, Dubrovnik and the Croatian island of Hvar, although ports of call may vary. Click here to view Mediterranean tours and cruises, with Independent Holidays.
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