Sailing

Democracy ends at the Gangway

I've heard George, my husband, use this phrase from time to time. George joined the Royal Navy as a boy sailor at the tender age of 14. I always imagined this was a saying he had been taught then. Perhaps it had first been uttered by Admiral Lord Nelson, Sir Walter Raleigh, or some other [...]

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Photos of Astarti – Older but in Great Condition!

A few weeks ago I posted about Astarti, the Sun Odyssey 42.2, that has recently been made available for either charter or RYA courses from Aegina. Another recent addition, to our staff this time, is Benjamin Schmidt from Luxemburg. Ben is with us on an international internship for six months. His background is photography so [...]

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First Day Skippers of the 2014 Season

Four successful students sail back to our base with their instructor after completing their RYA Day Skipper Practical on Phoebe, our Sun Odyssey 45.2. Congratulations to Ian Dodson from Ireland, Marc Bigler from the UK, Maria Besi from Greece, and Jennifer Kurt from Germany, who all passed their practical course last week. It was lovely [...]

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Dramatic Rescue of MOB in the middle of the Pacific

A British man has told of the terrifying moment he was washed overboard from a yacht in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - then watched in horror as it disappeared from sight. Andrew Taylor, who was taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, a global race for amateur sailors, spent 90 [...]

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Astarti – for Budget Sailing or Tuition

Do you want to sail a reasonably big yacht but you're on a low budget? This year you can charter a Sun Odyssey 42.2 with four cabins and two heads from Aegina, our island base. Although she's an older boat her engineer owner has kept her in excellent condition. Captain George inspected her last week [...]

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Get Your Radio Licence – Be Prepared For Chartering Anywhere

Some countries now ask for a marine radio operator's licence in addition to your skipper's licence if you want to charter. There's no sign of it in Greece at present. (Radio use is pretty poor here as a consequence ...) Even if you don't have to have a licence for chartering it makes sense to [...]

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Sail a Catamaran in the Cyclades this May

If you like the idea of catamaran sailing here's an opportunity to join us for a week's sailing on a Broadblue 385 catamaran between 10 and 17 May. Catamarans have become more popular here each summer. A few years ago they were rare but now you'll see two or three in harbour each evening. Mark, our [...]

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Discover the Skills for a Happy Crew

Our aim is always to give you the very best experience possible - in every way! With a new season about to start our boats are ready to go! They look great, polished and shiny, with everything serviced and checked, ready for the first students to arrive on Sunday. Now that winter maintenance is complete, [...]

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New online RYA Marine Radio Operator’s Course

  International pressure is forcing more and more countries to conform to the regulations for operation of marine radio sets, which should only be used under the supervision of someone with a legal marine radio operator's licence. Croatia has insisted for a few years that those who charter yachts must have a radio operator's licence [...]

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Security Deposit or Damage Waiver?

I received an email from Vasily, one of our students today. He'd asked me for prices for chartering a catamaran. As I'm not in the office this week, I simply 'cut and paste' the information we'd been sent by the yacht charter company. Vasily (quite rightly) got back to me asking: 2500 - something called [...]

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