the idea, but you're a newcomer to sailing?
No problem! Many of the folks who come out on our trips start
out as total landlubbers. Attitude is way more important than
experience... if you're easy-going, sociable and fun-loving
- those are the essentials!
A sailboat is not everyone's perfect vacation, however. Before
falling in love with a romantic idea of sailing in the Greek
isles, you should have a realistic picture of what life on a
real sailing yacht is all about.
You won't find any white-shirted crew running around on our
yachts -- we're much more casual than that; and besides - this
is an adventure, not a cruise ship! Team spirit is the essence
of the sailboat experience; and that's how we run our trips.
Sailing a yacht in the Greek islands sounds like a terribly
glamorous thing to do, but a sailboat is NOT the Hilton - and
if you need this kind of luxury for your vacation, you're on
the wrong boat!
Sailboats are for the adventurous traveller, who appreciates
independence and flexibility, going where the wind blows and
cruise ships can't! Sailing appeals to gregarious folks who
enjoy the company of a small group of like-minded travellers
and love the idea of actively contributing to the whole experience.
And yes, that means you help do dishes sometimes, as well as
more glamorous stuff like helming the yacht in 25 knot winds!
If learning to sail isn`t your thing.. that's just fine (we
don`t want everyone fighting over the helm! :>) But usually,
most people find some way to contribute to the group energy
maybe organising a cocktail party one evening?!
If you're a newbie to sailingbefore booking any sailing
vacationdo go take a look at a yacht in "real life",
if you possibly can. Try your local charter company or sailing
school. If you can't get to any of these, take a close look
at the boat pics on our site. Sailing yachts are not cruise
ships; they are very compact little homes. Eg, someone once
described a boat "head" (bathroom) as an upright coffin.
Yep, that`s about right!
Another very apt label put on by one previous participant:
sailing is like "camping on the water". Very up-market
camping to be sure, but if this sort of concept appeals to you
- you'll love it! The cool thing is - everyone else on board
also thinks "camping on the water" sounds like fun,
and like the casual, get-involved, easy-going, off-the-beaten-track
approach - else they wouldn't be there! We've enjoyed some wonderfully
FUN groups - resulting in friendships that have lasted years
beyond tying the final dock lines at the end of the trip.
And of course - the sailing itself! There's something very
unique and totally thrilling about exploring the islands under
sail, at one with the winds and the ocean. It's the contrast
and variety that sailing always offers - one day calm winds
and complete tranquility; the next day...maybe the thrills and
excitement of a 25-30 knot breeze!
If you've read all this, and we haven't put you off yet - you
STILL think "hey, that sounds like FUN" - you'll almost
certainly take to us and our concept of adventure sailing like
a duck to water! And we'd love to have you on board...