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 this year we’re going to explore a completely different area. We hope many of our former students will join us.
George and Melody, who founded Aegean Sailing School, ran skippered charter holidays in the Aegean for several years before applying for RYA recognition. They visited many parts of Greece on their yacht, Valentine, an Atlantic 44.
One area they didn’t sail was the Dodecanese islands, so we’ve decided to make this the destination for our 2014 autumn mile-builder. Join us in discovering this interesting cruising area.
The trip will run from Saturday 11 to Saturday 18 October, starting and finishing in Kos, which is centrally located and has a good marina.
The school will run a large 50ft yacht as normal, but we’d love to have other yachts sailing in company for part or all of the trip. As well as booking our boat for the voyage we’ve found several other yachts of various sizes that are available for you to charter.
If you want to gain sea-miles as skipper, you can bring your own crew or we can match you up with other people, with or without an instructor on board. Everyone is welcome and we’ll plan a couple of social events during the week as well as sailing.
About the Dodecanese
The Dodecanese is a group of twelve large islands and numerous smaller islands in the south-eastern Aegean. This part of the Aegean is known as the sunniest corner of Greece, and it’s an ideal destination to visit later in the season.
Although the islands are more barren than those in the Saronic but they are very picturesque with crystal clear waters, sandy or pebbly beaches and unique traditional settlements.
The Dodecanese has a rich history and many of even the smallest inhabited islands boast dozens of Byzantine churches and medieval castles.
We’ll visit some of the lesser-known, unspoiled destinations on this trip, as well as better known islands such as Kos and Leros.
The main yacht for the mile-builder will be a 2008 Cyclades 50.5 with five cabins. We’ll take up to six crew on this, who will work watches and take it in turns to be in charge of the boat.
Sailing on our main yacht is suitable for Competent Crew or Day Skippers who want to gain more experience before striking off in their own yacht, as well as for those who want to progress onto the Coastal syllabus. The route will include at least one Yachtmaster qualifying passage.
We won’t be running a formal RYA course on board but you will have an RYA instructor to help you improve your sailing, and you’ll learn skills such as Med mooring, using a bowthruster, and night sailing.
In addition to the main yacht, we’ve identified several other smaller boats for charter that week. If you can put together a group of friends or are willing to share a yacht, why not join us and sail in company around these lovely islands?
We’re still investigating the best route and, to some extent, it will depend on the wind at the time. The proposal so far is for the main route to be:
Kos – Kalymos – Leros – Astypalea – Nisyros – Tilos – Symi – Kos.
This will cover about 250 miles, which will be ideal for most of the yachts.
We’ll have an optional ‘detour’ that the large yacht (and any others who are up for it) will take to make the trip longer for those who want to rack up the miles. The mile-builder boat will probably head off mid-week to take in another more distant island and then make a long night-sail back to join the others.
Getting to Kos
You can reach Kos by ferry from Piraeus or you can fly.
Aegean Airlines flies to Kos from Athens and there are both charter and scheduled flights, including Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Norwegian ,TUIfly, Turkish Airlines and Ryannair.
We’ll prepare a document to send out giving details of how to get to Kos. Please contact Elena for more information.
Kos marina is situated 25 km from the airport. It takes about half an hour to get there either by taxi or airport bus. The marina opened in 2001 and has good facilities – it’s nothing like Alimos Marina, Kalamaki.
Click here to see more information on the marina.
We have just six places on our 50ft yacht and the price is all-inclusive of fuel, food during the day, mooring and marina dues, security deposit, and any instruction that you want – everything apart from getting to the boat and evening meals ashore.
The price for a cabin to yourself on this lovely big yacht is 1320 €/ £1100. If you’re prepared to share the price is 1056 € / £880 per person.
We expect these places to be taken quickly so contact Elena if you want to reserve a spot. If we get sufficient demand we may run a second mile-builder yacht but there are not as many boats available in the area as near Athens so we’re not guaranteed to find one! Book now if you want to be sure of a place.
We’ve found a number of yachts of different sizes, from three charter companies. Most of them are 3-cabin yachts and prices range from 1350 euro for an Oceanis 37 to 2845 for a 2013 Oceanis 45.
Melody is taking a 36 footer with a former student and has room for one more person (female only) so if you’d like to join a girls’ boat, let her know.
If you’re interested in sailing with us in your own yacht contact Elena with details of what you’re looking for and Elena can give you more information about the yacht’s she’s found.
If you’d like to sail on your own yacht but don’t have a full crew, let her know this as well, and we’ll try to put you in touch with some compatible crew-mates.
By the way, you’re very welcome to charter any yacht yourselves for that week and join us – you don’t have to arrange the charter through the school. It’s all going to be quite informal, not like a strictly organised flotilla.
We’ll suggest the route and places to meet but you’re completely free to do your own thing.
Cruising in company is usually great fun, with some impromptu racing. And there’s sure to be a friendly face to take your lines and share a beer with at the end of the day ….
So don’t snooze – join our cruise!