Join us sailing around the world-famous Cyclades. This group of islands, set in the centre of the Aegean, have the picturesque villages with brilliant white houses and churches that often feature on postcards of Greece.
This year our mile-building trip to the Cyclades will take place on 1 – 8 October. The water is often still warm enough for swimming at that time of year.
We take big 50ft+ yachts for this trip with six crew on each, working in watches. Each watch is responsible for navigating and sailing the yacht during their period ‘in command’. We’ve run this trip annually for the past 10 years and for most people who participate, it’s one of the highlights of their sailing. Rarely do you get the opportunity to sail a big yacht amid such picturesque scenery with a group of like-minded individuals.
We’ve made a couple of changes to the route from previous years. This year we plan to start from Lavrion Marina, which is easy to reach from Athens airport. As this is nearer to the Cyclades we hope this will give us time to call into more islands.
The yachts will leave Lavrion by late afternoon on Saturday and you’ll spend your first night on the pretty island of Kea in the northern Cyclades.
Weather permitting you’ll then head to Mykonos, one of he most famous islands. Mykonos is notoriously windy and the marina is not very protected so visiting her will be weather dependent. Next on the route is Naxos, the largest (and possibly the loveliest) of the Cyclades. You’ll eat in the old city and have time to explore ashore, then you’ll head west to the volcanic island of Milos with its amazing geology.
On Milos you’ll have a well-earned day ashore. You can explore the island or get some coaching in mooring techniques. In the evening you’ll embark on a long overnight sail north, giving you a Yachtmaster qualifying passage. The destination will depend on the wind direction at the time. From here you’ll make your way back through the Hydra Channel and across the Saronic Gulf to Lavrion.
You’ll cover around 350 miles in all, including two night sails, and two Yachtmaster qualifying passages (over 60nm non-stop). This is a chance to put hundreds of miles under your belt, improving your confidence and advancing your practical skills and knowledge.
As with all sailing, the exact route is weather dependent but there are many alternative islands to choose from should the planned route be unsuitable for the conditions. We’ve run mile builders once to the Cyclades for 14 years and most years we have been able to sail as planned .
A mile builder is a great opportunity to build on your RYA qualifications. The crew are split into three watches, who take turns on duty. Advanced sailors are appointed watch leaders, but everyone in the team will take part in steering, trimming sails, navigation, catering, and using the yacht’s equipment. There is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor on hand to ensure safety and to give instruction to novice crew.
Each yacht has five cabins (4 doubles and 1 with bunks), plus a skipper’s cabin forward. Couples will be given an en-suite cabin if possible.
They are nice big, comfortable boats and the price includes all yacht expenses (fuel, water, mooring dues) and food while on board the yacht. We provide everything else you’ll need – linen & towels, lifejackets and waterproofs, food while on board. Oh – don’t forget your swimsuits and sunscreen!
The price is €1008 / £775 per person for 2 sharing, €1480 / £1138 for single occupancy.
Those who have already taken a course with us are entitled to a 5% Crew Club discount.
It doesn’t include getting to / from the boat at the start and end of the trip or about 6 meals ashore.
Contact us now for more information or to book your place.