At Sail Connections we’re all about the personal approach, and we like to share our sailing adventures, and sometimes our deeper thoughts on chartering, having done it so often ourselves.
There’s more to the Mediterranean than the high-profile destinations. In 2020, why not expand your horizons, get a little off the beaten tourist path and discover some understated gems. Here are this year's five best lesser-known Mediterranean sailing holiday destinations, all well worth considering for your next voyage.
Ever considered a sailing holiday in flotilla? Meeting people through the common bond of sailing is a rewarding experience. It expands horizons and circles while leaving some of the best holiday memories to take home. And strength in numbers can bring peace of mind when sailing unfamiliar waters.
A peak season cabin-share sailing holiday with skipper in glorious Croatia in August. Chartering a 2020-model 47 foot sailboat for just 175€ per person per day! This is the reality aboard the Sun Loft Monocat 47: a whole new concept in group charter with friends or extended family.
In 2019 the Bali 5.4 catamaran entered charter fleets with the bareboat option added. Until now such a large boat was only available with paid skipper and crew. This is a significant development in yacht chartering: it continues a recent trend towards larger boats progressively coming into charter on a self-skipper basis.
Winter is the season for spotting humpback whales in New Caledonia’s southern lagoon. The calves are starting to learn the ways of the ocean while still safely under mother’s watchful eye. The lagoon offers the perfect location for observation, whale watching a highlight of any New Caledonia boat charter
Bareboat and crewed boat sailing holidays are growing in popularity the world over. Every year new destinations open up and more of the latest designs in catamarans, monohull yachts, powered and motorsailer craft come into service for charter. With this growth come more ways to arrange your charter sailing holiday.
The Marquesas Islands group is the sort of place dreams of a tropical island escape are made for. Dreams are one thing, but getting there and experiencing these remote and unspoiled volcanic islands is another. The Marquesas lie some three hours’ flying north from Tahiti.
A sailing holiday charter in Tahiti offers up the idyllic Society Islands, where most charters are sailed from Raiatea return. Other options include a one-way charter from Huahine to maximise downwind sailing. Add a short land-based Huahine stay and get the very best out of your Society Islands charter.
For your next sailing holiday, particularly in the eastern Mediterranean but in some other surprising places as well, consider chartering a gulet. Today's gulet is now a modern charter boat built for a unique vacation experience enjoyed in complete passenger comfort and luxury living aboard.
On our 2018 Mediterranean charter we made a spot decision to spend time in Sicily. We chose to sail out of Palermo, a convenient base for going east to the Aeolian Islands or west and south the same distance to the Egadi Islands. But the main factor was a near-new Oceanis 38 available just 3 days out from charter.
After an uneventful passage from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Corsica, a 95 nautical mile passage to the port of Calvi, we had nine days to deliver our boat to its Ajaccio base. Just enough time to explore Corsica’s west coast and visit northern Sardinia, as long as we kept moving
A sailing charter in the South of France suggests a cruise among the super yachts along the Côte d'Azur, the glitz and glamour of the Riviera. There's more to the French Mediterranean coast; westward lies another charter experience, where the coastline is dotted with seaside towns and quiet bays.
The Ionian Islands lie off the west coast of Greece. Reaching them is a little more complicated than getting to Greece's Aegean sailing holiday destinations that are accessible by ferry or charter directly out of Athens. The Ionians are worth the effort however, with the bonus Gulf of Corinth experience if time allows.
After many enjoyable years in the charter business and experiencing other great sailing destinations, it was time in 2017 to return to Greece. Back to where it the very idea of the Mediterranean charter boating began: a bareboat sailing holiday around the Ionian Islands.
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