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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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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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Argolic Exploration – 7∼14 May

Our first 2016 mile-builder will run from 7 to 14 May and will explore the beautiful, unspoilt Argolic Gulf on the eastern Peloponnese. This area is one of Greece's best secret sailing locations. You'll visit the historic city of Nafplion in the north, the unique and stunning island of Monemvasia in the south, and many picturesque ports [...]

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‘Early Bird’ Discounts for 2016

If you're organised enough to be planning your 2016 sailing now, you can save on your RYA course or sailing holiday with our 'Early Bird' offer. The first 20 people to make a booking with us for 2016 will get a 16% discount on the price of their sailing course. Here's what you could save: over 800 [...]

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Greek Food : More than just Moussaka

Greek food is known for the freshness of its ingredients. That hasn't changed but the variety and quality of dishes has improved recently. When we first arrived here in 2000 we were impressed by the taste of the food but disappointed by the lack of variety. Greeks are traditional and it seemed to us that [...]

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‘Ithaka’ with Sir Sean Connery

My thanks to George Giaglisis for sending me this lovely recital of the poem Ithaka. I thought it was well worth sharing with you. Ithaca was written by Constantine P. Cavafis, an ethnic Greek poet who was born in Alexandria (although his father acquired British nationality and the family lived in Liverpool for a while). [...]

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Worried About Coming to Greece?

We've had a few phone calls and emails from people who are worried about coming sailing in Greece this year. Maybe you've seen scenes of demonstrations in Athens, or long queues at the ATMs? It's natural to be concerned when there are negative images on the news. But what's it really like? See what these [...]

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News & Advice from the Front Line

Everyone keeps asking me how things are in Greece. I was visiting the UK last week so haven't been able to give an up to date answer until now. I arrived back yesterday - on the day Greece was due to pay the IMF and didn't ... Today there are rumours and counter-rumours flying about. [...]

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Try an RYA e-Book

I love books - the feel of them, the smell of them ... but a couple of years I was converted to a Kindle, especially for travelling. The big advantages for me are its relative weight (on a one-week holiday I could easily get through 3 big paperbacks), the fact that I can increase the [...]

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Dodecanese Discovery – 11 October

Join us on a voyage of discovery in the sunniest corner of Greece! This autumn marks the 10th anniversary of our sailing courses being recognised by the Royal Yachting Association so we've planned a special adventure to celebrate. Every year Aegean Sailing School runs an autumn mile-building trip. We normally sail around the Cyclades but [...]

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