SAIL IONIAN YACHT CHARTER HOLIDAYS IN GREECE
Sail Ionian is a small, friendly, family owned and run yacht charter company based on the island of Lefkas in Greece, ideally located for sailing holidays exploring the Southern and Northern Ionian.
We specialise in BAREBOAT YACHT CHARTER, SKIPPERED CHARTER, INFORMAL FLOTILLAS, ASSISTED SAILING, and RYA SAILING COURSES. For the less experienced sailors, we are pleased to skipper your yacht for part or all of your sailing holiday whilst you gain confidence. What ever your requirements for yacht charter in Greece we are here to help.
Our aim is to provide the highest standard of sailing holiday possible to all of our clients, both new and returning. This is achieved by maintaining constant high levels of yacht maintenance, cleaning and staff training. Our Bavaria yachts have completed no more than five seasons of charter. Six new yachts joined our fleet in 2011 and we have more new yachts for 2012. All yachts from 35 foot upwards are teak decked and fully equipped. In the unlikely event of you needing support, backup is provided by a large rib “Rodney” which can reach anywhere in the Southern Ionian in a short space of time. See our prices.
Our Caribbean base in the Grenadines runs from October to April. We have three brand new yachts confirmed for 2012 and are taking bookings for holidays starting Nov 2012.
FREE with every yacht: Food and drink welcome pack – Dinghy – Outboard (All Bavarias) – Bed Linen – Yacht Towels – Everything you need on board (from chartplotters, guide books, bimini and boom cover, to pegs, spare batteries, masks and snorkels etc etc) – Last Night drinks & Pimms Party – Full Support from our dedicated team – Daily weather by SMS – Free Stern mooring practice – Assistance with route planning – All important safety equipment.
New to sailing on yachts? a) Take a small yacht and follow our assisted sailing idea where the skipper is with you during the day for a flexible number of days and doesnt sleep on board. b) Take a formal 5 day RYA course at the start of your holiday before sailing yourselves without the skipper or c)Take a skippered charter when you have a skipper all week on board and do as much learning/relaxing as you wish.
Assisted Sailing is one of the most popular options for less experienced or nervous sailors who want to enjoy the delights of the Ionian Islands without the need to “check in” and “check out” with a group of other yachts on a flotilla every day. The skipper is with you on an open ended basis and leaves the boat each evening after ensuring you are moored safely in a different port each night. We offer a unique service and have had a great deal of success in refreshing peoples skills and knowledge in a short space of time, without sacrificing any safety aspects. Have the skipper on board for a day, a few days or a week.
Bareboat Yacht Charter in Greece This holiday is available for both experienced sailors and newly qualified. We provide a level of support to suit experience, which includes our free stern too mooring clinic on a Monday morning. This tends to be popular with many guests, as a refresher or for those new to the area, to practice in friendly company and pick up any tricks of the trade. We are also available to help you with mooring on Monday evening in Sivota – there are no additional charges for this service. Bareboaters also receive weather texts each morning and in the unlikely event of any support being needed, we have an excellent large support rib and 24 hour emergency telephone number to call.
Informal Flotilla- we don’t offer a normal flotilla but you can join a group of yachts following a set route who meet up each night so you have a friendly face to help find you a mooring space (and assist if you have difficulties). Sail Ionian operates this service every week for the first 2 days of your holiday. You will also be able be able to gain valuable route knowledge on a daily basis although will not have to attend group briefings and large group meals. This will suit the less experienced, families with children or for anyone wanting support for the first one or two days of their holiday. For those looking for a helping hand every evening we have weekly informal flotillas running on selected dates throughout the season.
Sail Ionian’s RYA Sea School offers thorough training to the highest standard in our area. We offer the full range of courses for those looking for a formal qualification. Our RYA centre provides Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Day Skipper (non tidal), Coastal Skipper (non tidal) and Yachtmaster Preparation. Specialised one day courses for boat handling, advanced sail trim, couple sailing techniques or navigation also available.
Courses are available for both individuals, couples, families and groups of friends. The skipper will be on board for the 5 day course, leaving you the rest of the yacht charter to sail yourselves! If you are looking for a day or two in a rib we also run RYA Level 1 and 2 powerboat training and ICC Powerboat Assessments.
Skippered Charter: If new to sailing or just looking for a relaxing stress free holiday, why not have a fully skippered week, where you can do as much or as little sailing as you like. Our larger yachts such as the Bavaria 46’s provide generous accommodation for up to 6 guests and a cabin for a skipper. We will help plan the perfect route around the Greek Islands for that unforgettable sailing holiday. Skippered Charter is available on various sailing boats from a Bavaria 30 – our 75 foot Ketch.
Crewed sailing for a larger party aboard a 75ft ketch, a stress free holiday for you and our friends or family on a luxurious yacht. Your skipper, hostess and first mate are living on board to make your trip thoroughly enjoyable.