Unless you are a full time sailor, accumulating sea miles in your ASA/RYA log book can be a long and expensive process. To progress to the next level sea miles are what count.
Our mile building cruises are designed to help you gain confidence in handling a larger yacht. They will enable you to sail in areas where the sun shines and there is no need for thermals and wet weather gear. Best of all, you get the chance to visit the Greek Islands and gain sea miles at the same time.
In a weeks normal charter you cover a relatively short distance, spending a lot of time relaxing and swimming. With our Mile building cruises you will undertake qualifying passages for your ASA/RYA certificates. Distances of over 60nm non stop as well as night sails will be the order of the day. You will learn about sailing in a watch system, cooking at sea, and the fun of sailing in open waters. The trips have no official syllabus so you will be part of an active crew, working and living together. If you have an ASA/RYA skippers certificate then you will be given the chance to be responsible for the running of the yacht, under the supervision of the instructor.
Even though you will be sailing for most of the time, when in port you will have ample opportunity to explore the islands you visit.
So who qualifies for these Trips?
Actually just about anyone. Obviously if you have an ASA/RYA certificate and want to gain more experience and sea miles then these cruises are ideal. But on the other hand if you are an able bodied individual with a sense of adventure and want to experience some thing a little different then this may also be for you too!
About the only concern you will need to consider is if you get sea sick easily. These trips will be in open waters where the sea can get rough, and you will loose sight of land.
The cruise will take you down into the Cyclades group. This island group is infamous for its strong winds and rolling seas. It is ideal for those who need to learn about handling a performance yacht in real weather conditions. You will be sailing on a 55ft performance ketch. The yacht was an old IOR racer that has been converted to more comfortable pursuits. She is fast and being a ketch offers the sailor an endless combination of sail configurations.
On deck she is all business, sailing handling is a full time operation. Down below she is warm and comfortable with all of the comforts one would expect to find in a luxury yacht.
Your trip will take you south down past the famous Cape Sounion and the temple of Poseidon and on to the island of Kea. From here you will continue south to the island of Paros, before heading west to the island of Serifos. From here you will start back to Athens, sailing across the gulf to Spetsai island before heading north towards Athens.
So what is included and what should I expect?
In a nut shell expect to sail a lot, and cover miles. By the end of your week you should have logged around 250–300 miles. There will be at least one night sail and several legs will be over 60nm.
Expect to learn about sailing a performance yacht fast, you will learn how to steer her at speed, off and on the wind. You will learn about sail changes and spinnaker flying. You will have the chance to practice your navigation skills in a very modern navigation station. In short expect to be part of a very active crew. To help you though all of this there will be 2 fully qualified captain/instructors on board.
The Yacht with all her sailing and safety equipment, also inclusive: Zodiac+ Out board, snorkel & fishing gear, etc
Full time Captain/Instructor
All linens and bathroom towels (beach towels not included)
Full breakfast, full lunch, snacks, sodas, bottled water
All fuel costs during your cruise, all fresh water, ice
Harbour fees, Marina Fees, Local Taxes, Insurance
Full Wireless Internet access for email etc.
Cleaning fee at the end of the charter
What is not included:
Flights to Athens
Evening meals ashore