May 2017 Cyclades Milebuilder

Mile building trips are a great way to build up your experience before you head off on your own. They are also perfect for you if you don't have family or friends who enjoy sailing. Ophelia, our friendly octopus, is here to tell you about the trip we are running from 6 - 13 May 2017. You'll [...]

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No More Non-Tidal Day Skippers

Until now, students taking an RYA Day Skipper course with us were issued with the RYA Day Skipper Non-Tidal certificate. From January 2017 there will only be one certificate. All RYA Day Skipper certificates will be valid in both tidal and non-tidal waters, ending the distinction between the two certificates that was introduced when the first [...]

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All About the ICC

We've recently had several students ask about the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). It's a little complicated but here are the answers to the most common questions. The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft is more commonly referred to as the International Certificate of Competence or simply ICC. An ICC provides the holder with evidence of [...]

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Adoption of Resolution 40

This table shows the countries that have adopted UN Resolution 40. These countries have implemented the International Certificate of Competence for Pleasure Craft (ICC), and the table gives the name of the authority that you should contact to find out how to get your ICC if you are a citizen of that country. If your country is [...]

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Autumn Argolic Adventure

You've passed your RYA course. Congratulations! Now what you need is some practice ... Why not join us for a week's sailing to the picturesque Argolic Gulf at the beginning of October? The Argolic Gulf is one of the prettiest, yet most unspoilt, areas of Greece. With high mountains as a backdrop, you'll visit typical Greek fishing [...]

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Private Sailing Holidays in Greece

Have you always wanted to sail in Greece on a relaxing holiday or maybe learning to sail - but don't like the idea of sharing a yacht with strangers? We specialise in private sailing holidays, with or without tuition, for couples, groups of friends, and families. On a private sailing holiday you don't have to worry about sharing [...]

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How to get into a dinghy …

Thought I'd share this great little youtube video with you. If you're over 50 you may struggle to climb back into a dinghy from the water. Here's a suggested way to do it: I'm offering a prize of a nice RYA sailing book to any of our students over 50 who can prove with a [...]

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Monemvasia – The Romantic Rock

Monemvasia (Μονεμβάσια) is one of the most romantic places in Greece. It's a walled Medieval castle town built on the slopes of a rock. The rock was separated from the mainland by an earthquake in 375 AD. The name Monemvasia is derived from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance" and refers to the narrow causeway [...]

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Worried about the Refugee Crisis?

A couple of people have expressed worries about how the refugee crisis might impact on their sailing holiday. It is a serious concern which I completely understand. I hope this post will give you some facts on which to base your decision about sailing here this year. As you're probably aware, refugees who arrive from Turkey [...]

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Epidavros – Not to Be Missed!

© Ivan Varyukhin | Dreamstime.com Many people like to combine their sailing holiday with sight-seeing. It's easy to spend a day or two in Athens visiting the famous historical sites. But there are other notable places that you shouldn't overlook. One of the most spectacular is at Epidavros, in the hills above the Saronic Gulf. Epidavros (also spelt [...]

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