Do you get a buzz from a little competition when you are sailing? Do you enjoy the company of like-minded people in the evening? Come and sail with us in May on our Fun Rally around Aegina and the Saronic Gulf.
Aegean Sailing School plans what we hope will be a perfect blend of off-shore and on-shore events, with something for all the crew. The emphasis will be on fun and learning. This rally is designed for those who are less experienced sailors or new to racing. It’s not principally for hardened racing skippers – you know the type who won’t let you bring sufficient luggage on board in case it adds to the weight of the boat!
If you want to start racing in an enjoyable way, or would simply like the fun of sailing in pleasant company, our Fun Rally is for you.
OUTLINE RALLY PROGRAMME
The programme details are still being developed but this will give you an idea of what we plan:
SATURDAY 18 MAY: Crews arrive at Kalamaki Marina, near Athens in the afternoon. Your yacht will be ready to board between 2 – 4 pm. We’ll assist with provisioning and giving a full briefing for all the crews. In the evening there will be a Welcome Party and you’ll get some racing tips from our Chief Instructor, Mark Cooper, an experienced racing skipper.
SUNDAY 19 MAY: Start approximately 10:30am. Initial race to Perdika on the island of Aegina. Optional tour of the island and visit to Temple of Aphaia.
MONDAY 20 MAY: Perdika to Mandrakia/Ermioni. Cocktail party and on-shore competitions.
TUESDAY 21 MAY: Round the buoys’ competition. Evening barbecue party with competitions on Dhokos island, a pretty, uninhabited island in the middle of the Hydra Channel.
WEDNESDAY 22 MAY: Race Dhokos to Poros. On-shore competitions.
THURSDAY 23 MAY: Poros to Aegina Town. Rally meal and prize-giving ceremony.
FRIDAY 24 MAY: Free sailing back to Kalamaki Marina.
SATURDAY 25 MAY: Crews depart 09:30.
In addition to the sailing races, we’ll have competitions in Med-mooring, knot-tying, dinghy rowing, fancy dress, swimming and cookery. So, even if you don’t win any of the races, there’s still a chance to win a prize!
You can enter any yacht of your choice in this event and we will operate a handicap system to make the racing fair. Athenian Yachting, the Jeanneau dealer for Greece, is our main partner for yacht charter for this event. They have six Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 yachts on hold for us, including two with deck saloon. We believe that these will be a very popular choice as they offer an economic way to participate in the rally. The yachts have a convertible table in the saloon so your crew could be up to 10 people if you wish. With a sail area of 92m2 they offer a good balance between speed and comfort and excellent value.
For those who want a bigger or newer yacht we propose a brand new SO 469 or how about a 5-cabin Sun Odyssey 50 or 53? Prices for 7 different Jeannaeu yachts are below.
The total cost of the rally will be comprised of yacht charter, a rally entry fee per boat, and a fee per head for each person on board.
Yachts Chartered through Us
We can arrange yacht charter for your group through Athenian Yachting who have given us special prices for the boats below. We can source other yachts so, if you don’t see anything you would like, please let me know your requirements and I will see what I can find for you.
All prices include linen & towels and end cleaning. Athenian yachts have the option of a non-refundable security deposit of 200€, which we recommend for this event. Alternatively you can pay a refundable security deposit of 1500-2000€ depending upon size of yacht.
These prices include the rally entry fee, which covers all the associated costs, including races, prizes, race boat and safety boat and mooring dues. See below for full details of what is included.
- Sun Odyssey 43, 2001-2003, 4 cabins/2 heads. 2800€
- Sun Odyssey 409, 2011, 3 cabins/2 heads. 3200€
- Sun Odyssey 439, 2012, 4 cabins/2 heads. 3600€
- Sun Odyssey 44i, 2010, 4 cabins/2 heads 3650€
- Sun Odyssey 469, 2013, 4 cabins/4 heads. 4450€
- Sun Odyssey 509, 2012. 5 cabins/3 heads. 4950€
- Sun Odyssey 53, 2011-12, 5 cabins/3 heads + skipper’s cabin/head. 5700€
Layouts of Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 43 & Sun Odyssey 53
We’ll make an additional charge of 120€ per head to cover the social events and evening meals organised by us, such as the Welcome party on the first night, the Cocktail party mid-week, and the final evening meal and prize-giving. Each person who participates will also get a T-shirt and small commemorative gift. As yachts of a similar size could have different numbers of crew we thought this was the fairest way to handle this.
So, for example, for four people on a SO43 with a cabin each the price would be 820€ per person. For 10 people sharing 4 cabins and the saloon, the price would be just 400€ per person! Four individuals on a SO44i would pay 1022€ each to sail on a 2010 yacht.
Rally Entry Fee for Yachts Not Chartered through Us
You are welcome to enter the Rally with any yacht. The Entry Fee is based on yacht size and covers race & social event organization, mooring dues, Rally administration, the provision of safety boat and judges, medals and prizes etc. IF YOU CHARTER A YACHT THROUGH US THE ENTRY FEE IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICES LISTED
- Under 35 ft: 700€
- 35-39.5ft: 1000€
- 40-45.5 ft: 1300€
- 46ft and over: 1600€
We have a few places for those who would like to participate in the rally but who do not have other people to sail with. We may also be able to find additional crew for any groups who would like some extra hands on board. We’ll post more on this option in the New Year but let me know if you are interested and you’ll be the first to get details.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RALLY PRICE
- Mooring dues at ports used during rally. We’ll take care of all official paperwork that’s required.
- Welcome party on Saturday night.
- Cocktail party and barbeque during the week.
- Rally Prize-giving meal (includes house wine / soft drinks – additional drinks to be paid for by each yacht)
- Competitions and races.
- Racing rules information.
- Race tips from experienced racing RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.
- Safety boat /race officials boat.
- Overall Winners’ Cup and prizes for competitions.
- Assistance with travel and visas if required.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Fuel, water, electricity.
- Security deposit for yacht charter.
- Food and drinks during the day.
- Evening meals for
- Professional Skipper: 160€ per day
- Airport transfers: approx. 50€ each way for taxi transfer for up to 4 people with English speaking driver. We can arrange minibus transfer for larger groups.
HOW TO ENTER THE RALLY
Contact us as soon as possible to reserve one of the rally yachts. We have them on hold for a limited period of time so please let us know quickly if you want to participate. We’ll send you full details and can put a yacht on hold for you while you arrange your crew. You’ll need to pay a deposit of between 750 – 1200€, depending upon the size of yacht reserved.
The balance for the yacht charter and rally entry fee will be due by 19 April and the individual entrants fees can also be paid then or in cash upon arrival.
It’s going to be a fun event so we hope you can join us!
Contact us for more details and to reserve your yacht/s.