Discover a World of Flotilla Sailing with Medsail Holidays
Flotilla Sailing in Greece
Medsail Holidays has teamed up with its Greek partner Kiriacoulis Yachting, who have over 25 years experience of sailing holidays in the Mediterranean, to offer bareboat and flotilla sailing in two of the best cruising areas in Greece. Choose from a huge range of yachts in our fleet ranging from 36’ to 50’, giving you an unrivalled range of 2, 3, 4 and 5 cabin yachts, all highly specified and equipped for your cruising comfort – check out what’s included on page 7. With so many yachts to choose from there’s sure to be one to suit you. Groups of families and friends can choose matching or different sized yachts.
What is a flotilla? Flotillas are the sociable way to sail. You have the freedom of skippering your own yacht during the day but with the support of a British lead crew with an experienced skipper and hostess, providing weather forecasts, guiding you on the best itinerary, helping you to moor up in the evenings and sorting out any queries you may have. We aim to ensure a friendly flotilla with a maximum of 10 yachts sailing with each lead crew. This allows you to visit the small harbours and anchorages which make sailing in Greece so special. People choose flotillas for a variety of reasons. It’s popular with those who appreciate the support of the lead crew but also with those who have sailed many times before who enjoy the sociable side of a flotilla and the local knowledge and reassurance that the lead crew provide – useful if you’re new to the cruising area. During the school holidays flotillas are particularly popular with families who enjoy an active holiday together.
What experience do I need? To sail a yacht on flotilla you should have skippered a cruising yacht previously, either on flotilla or in the UK. On the Saronic Flotilla from Athens we can offer sail training for less experienced skippers. If you have crewed on previous sailing holidays or have motoryacht experience, you can improve your yacht handling skills with an instructor for a 3-day flotilla course. If you don’t have any previous sailing experience, take the instructor for the 6-day course. 2
Saronic Flotilla from Athens This flotilla starts on Saturday from Kalamaki Marina, the main yacht charter marina in Athens, and cruises the beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf, an ideal area for flotilla sailing offering reliable winds of moderate strength, short distances and scenic harbours.
Flotilla Routes Lunch in the cockpit
You’ll visit the picturesque islands of Aegina, Hydra, Spetses and Poros as well as mainland towns such as Epidavros with its famous ancient theatre - see page 4 for a typical 2-week itinerary. The flotilla follows a 2-week itinerary returning to Athens at the end of each week with clients on a 1-week holiday, while the 2 weekers enjoys a couple of days free sailing before meeting up for the welcome drinks party in Aegina. With daily flights you could plan a few days in Athens before or after your flotilla for a city break to soak up the culture and history of this amazing city, recently given a facelift for the 2004 Olympic Games.
Sporades Flotilla from Skiathos This wonderful sailing area will suit more experienced crews who relish the challenge of some fresh sailing winds and quieter islands and harbours off the beaten track. The Skiathos flotilla starts on Fridays from Skiathos Harbour and sails a figure of eight itinerary, one week sailing east among the Sporades islands and one week sailing west into the historic Gulf of Volos so that 2-weekers do not cover the same cruising area. There are free sailing days if you do not want to return to Skiathos after 1 week - see page 5 for a typical 2-week itinerary. WHEN TO SAIL...
Average Temp°C 6 - 12 6 - 12 8 - 15 11 - 18 15 - 23 19 - 28 22 - 31 22 - 31 19 - 28 15 - 22 11 - 17 8 - 14 Average Rain Fall (cm) 4.3 4.3 4.9 2.5 1.7 0.6 0 0 1.6 5.7 7.7 6.9
These cruising areas have ideal sailing conditions with steady day breezes. The islands are each very different and allow a good day’s sail between them. On the flotilla routes there are many beautiful anchorages for lunchtime swimming and attractive harbours for overnight mooring.
WEATHER & WIND From May to September the temperatures reach over 27oC on most days. Summers have cloudless blue skies with very little chance of rain. The wind is generally Force 2-5. These areas are protected from the meltemi wind which can blow strongly in the Aegean in July and August, and winds rarely exceed Force 6.
Welcome drinks party 3
Athens & Saronic Gulf Islands
The Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses and the Peloponnese coast offer smooth sailing sheltered from strong winds. The Saronic route is highly recommended for easy sailing, especially in July & August to avoid the strong meltemi winds blowing in the Cyclades.
One week the flotilla follows the SARONIC ROUTE. Visit the beautiful island of Aegina and Epidavros, the health resort of Ancient Athenians - the theatre is well worth a visit. Poros is a busy town quay very popular for a typical Greek night out.
Typical 1-week flotilla itineraries SARONIC ROUTE SAT : Embark at Kalamaki Marina in Athens. Transfer to the marina for embarkation. On your first evening, enjoy dinner in the famous Plaka area of Athens, with a view of the Acropolis, or chill out in one of the restaurants in or near the marina.
You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your yacht, a 40-minute taxi ride straight to the marina. An excellent supermarket is within easy walking distance. Your fridge will be chilling and there’s a welcome pack on every yacht – see page 7 for details.
The following week the flotilla follows the ARGOLIC ROUTE south of Poros. The yachts raft up in the beautiful anchorages near Port Heli, before returning via Poros
Kalamaki Marina is a taxi or tram ride from the centre of Athens. On your first evening, enjoy dinner in the famous Plaka area of Athens, with a view of the Acropolis, or chill out in one of the restaurants in or near the marina.
The flotilla returns to Athens at the end of each week, while the 2-weekers enjoy a couple of days free sailing before meeting up for the welcome drinks party.
SUN : Athens – Angistri (21nm). We moor up in Aegina Town for our welcome drinks party, overlooking the Saronic islands.
THU : South Ermioni – Poros (19nm). Busy town quay in this old port with plenty of restaurants and bars for a Greek night out. FRI : Poros – Athens (27nm). Enjoy a fun regatta back to Kalamaki Marina, followed by your farewell party on Friday night. SAT : Kalamaki Marina in Athens. Check out. 4
Routes may vary due to weather conditions.
SAT : Kalamaki Marina in Athens. Check out.
WED : Porto Heli – South Ermioni (Kapari) (12nm). Tonight we anchor in a quiet bay for a swim and beach barbecue.
FRI : Perdika – Athens (20nm). Lunch stop at the beach resort of Ayia Marina for a last swim before returning to Kalamaki Marina. Two-week flotilla clients have free sailing until Sunday evening.
TUE : Ermioni – Porto Heli (14nm). In this huge landlocked bay we can either moor on the town quay or anchor in one of the many sheltered bays.
THU : Poros – Perdika (13nm). This small fishing village with a beautiful harbour is 5 miles south of Aegina town. Good local seafood and some of the best sunsets in Greece.
MON : Poros – Ermioni (24nm). Ermioni is a typical Greek harbour with bars and restaurants around the town square.
WED : Vathi – Poros (16nm). Busy town quay in this old port with plenty of restaurants and bars for a Greek night out.
SUN : Athens – Poros (27nm). We moor up on the town quay for our welcome drinks party and a chance for the new arrivals to meet the two-week flotilla clients.
TUE : Epidavros – Vathi (Methana) (9nm). A short sail across the bay, Vathi is a charming hamlet on the volcanic peninsular of Methana. Moor up in this tiny harbour and relax with a bottle of retsina and Greek salad at a restaurant on the waterfront.
SAT : Embark at Kalamaki Marina in Athens.
MON : Angistri – Epidavros (11nm). On the mainland, Epidavros was the health resort of Ancient Athenians. Take a taxi to the famous theatre, where the acoustics enable you to hear a pin drop even in the outer seats (74ft from the orchestra).
Saronic route Argolic route
Skiathos & the Sporades
The Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos, together with the more sheletered Gulf of Volos offer exciting sailing off the tourist track. Fresh sailing winds, unspoilt harbours and beautiful beaches await you with this new flotilla from Skiathos.
Typical 1-week flotilla itineraries Afternoon breezes Force 2-5 from the north-east give good sailing from midmorning to early evening. In July and August the meltemi can bring stronger winds, but the islands have good shelter. One week the flotilla follows the SPORADES ROUTE and heads east to explore the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and the uninhabited islands of Peristeri or Pelagos. These islands are stunningly beautiful with white sandy beaches, green pine forests and the bluest sea. No wonder the movie makers of “Mamma Mia” chose the Sporades for their film location!
The following week the flotilla follows the VOLOS ROUTE and heads west into the Gulf of Volos, once the home of Jason and the Argonauts. Visit historic Pegadhi from where Achilles set sail for Troy. Find unspoilt fishing harbours and deserted anchorages in this beautiful bay. All flotilla yachts are well-specified with a welcome starter pack, CD player, cockpit cushions and toilet waste holding tanks thoughtful extras for your cruising comfort. End cleaning and airport transfers are included.
SPORADES ROUTE FRI : Embark at Skiathos Harbour. Transfer to the harbour for embarkation. Skiathos is a lively town with many bars and restaurants . SAT : Skiathos – Panormos, Skopelos (10nm). A popular bay with many tavernas around the beach. SUN : Panormos – Patitiri, Alonnisos (14nm). The capital of Alonnisos and an enchanting harbour. MON : Patitiri – Panagia, Pelagos (14nm). Pelagos is an uninhabited island and nature reserve. We anchor in this lovely bay and watch out for the local monk seals. TUE : Panagia – Steni Vala, Alonnisos (9nm). A sheltered bay with tavernas ashore. WED : Steni Vala – Agnontas, Skopelos (14nm). This small pine-clad inlet is a beautiful anchorage with tavernas on the beach. THU : Agnontas – Skiathos (11nm). Fun regatta on the sail back to Skiathos. Two-week flotilla clients have free sailing until Saturday evening.
Skiathos Town Koukounaries
FRI : Embark at Skiathos Harbour.
SAT : Skiathos – Vasiliko (13nm). We anchor in this attractive bay for our welcome drinks party and a chance for the new arrivals to meet the two-week flotilla clients.
FRI : Skiathos Harbour. Check out.
Sporades route Volos route EVIA
SUN : Vasiliko – Pigadhi (22nm). An unspoilt harbour in the Gulf of Volos, overlooked by the ruined Achilles Tower. It is said that Achilles set sail from here for Troy. MON : Pigadhi – Amaliopolis, Volos (14nm). Time to explore the Gulf of Volos and enjoy a swim before anchoring in the bay. TUE : Amaliopolis – Milina Bay (15nm). We raft up here for our beach barbecue in this beautiful bay. WED : Milina Bay – Koukounaries (27nm). Often said to be the best beach in the Aegean- white sand backed by pine trees. THU : Koukounaries – Skiathos (6nm). Enjoy a fun regatta back to Skiathos, followed by your farewell party on Thursday night. FRI : Skiathos Harbour. Check out. Routes may vary due to weather conditions.
Bavaria 36 (2 & 3 cabin)
2 or 3 double cabins, 1 WC & shower.
3 double cabins, 1 WC & shower.
Length overall: Beam: Draft: Engine: Fuel capacity: Water capacity: Sail area: Accommodation: Heads (WC)
11.40 m 3.60 m 1.65 m Volvo 29 HP 150 lt 300 lt 63 m2 4+2 / 6+2 1
Bavaria 42 3 double cabins, 2 WC & shower. Length overall: Beam: Draft: Engine: Fuel capacity: Water capacity: Sail area: Accommodation: Heads (WC) 6
13.40 m 3.95 m 2.00 m Volvo 50 HP 230 lt 360 lt 91 m2 6+1 2
Length overall: Beam: Draft: Engine: Fuel capacity: Water capacity: Sail area: Accommodation: Heads (WC)
12.13 m 3.87 m 1.70 m Volvo 29 HP 150 lt 300 lt 78 m2 6+1 1
Bavaria 44 3 double cabins & 1 twin cabin, 2 WC & shower. Length overall: Beam: Draft: Engine: Fuel capacity: Water capacity: Sail area: Accommodation: Heads (WC)
13.95 m 4.25 m 1.65 m Volvo 55 HP 210 lt 360 lt 85 m2 8+1 2
Whatâ€™s included ] Fully equipped yacht. ] Transfers from airport to marina (one round trip transfer per yacht). Further transfers can be pre-arranged at extra cost.
] Services of British flotilla skipper & hostess on lead yacht. ] Welcome drink. ] Starter pack including washing up liquid, sponge, rubbish bags,
matches, toilet & kitchen rolls, fruit plate, water, orange juice, wine, packet of biscuits, individual sachets of tea, coffee, sugar & milk.
] One windsurfer on the lead yacht for general use. ] Bedlinen (sheets, pillows, pillowcases & blankets), towels (1 hand, 1 bath per person). ] Water/cooking gaz at departure. ] End cleaning.
Extras payable locally
] Yacht security insurance ] Fuel used Optional extras payable locally
] Outboard ] Cruising chute ] Rail netting
All flotilla yachts are equipped with ] Furling genoa ] Furling mainsail or slab reefing mainsail with lazy jacks
] Steering wheel ] Electric fridge ] Electric windlass ] GPS ] Chart plotter ] CD player (with cockpit
speakers on 2006-11 yachts)
] Bathing platform & deck shower ] Hot water ] Autopilot ] Cockpit cushions ] Inflatable dinghy ] VHF ] Log-speedo ] Liferaft ] Binoculars
] Cruising guide and charts ] Bimini suntop ] Sprayhood ] Life preservers ] 220v shore supply & battery charger ] Toilet waste holding tank ] Electric WC pumps on all 2007-11 yachts ] Wind instruments on all 2005-11 yachts ] Aluminium gangway on all 2008-11 yachts Specifications apply to yachts built 2003 or newer
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