s/y Idylle 1, Beneteau 15.50, 50`
S/Y "IDYLLE 1" is a BENETEAU 15.50, an offshore cruiser, designed by naval architect GERMAN FRERS and built for long passages with comfort and ease in mind. Her long keel and hull with easily driven lines, combined with a powerful cutter/sloop rig, perform well in all conditions, maintaining an outstanding 8-9 knots average under sail or power. Her smooth motion and "little ship" character is enjoyed by the pure sailing fans and the leisurely laid back guests alike.
CREW / Captain - Skipper
Skipper Thomas Vassilacos has been sailing professionally in Greece and Turkey for more than 30 years. Before that time, he lived in London for 10 years, studied filming and made sailing documentaries in the Mediterranean and the North Sea. Now he is occasionally involved in media advertising projects with S/Y IDYLLE 1.
He is a RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Ocean Yachtmaster and has a NOV Diploma (Offshore Nautical Club), a HCG (Hellenic Coast Guard) SpeedBoat License, as well as a LFS (London Film School) Diploma.
No Additional Delivery Charges for One-Way Trips. 10 day trips & Start / End any day of the week possible. Available Start / End of cruise at any port or island. Please enquire.
Hostess available - optional.
Sailing courses and lessons, windsurf activities, snorkelling, diving - all possible. Please enquire.
On the deck there are large clear sunbathing areas. The teak slatted cockpit carries a big table with icebox for dinners or drinks al fresco. An opening transom has a built-in swim platform & ladder, for easy access to and from the sea. S sprayhood, a bimini and a sun awning offer complete protection while sailing or laying at anchor.
SALOON MAIN CABIN
The main cabin consists of a lounge area with a U shaped settee and a bench around a large table. A bar with bottle and glass storage. Fully equipped galley with a voluminous refrigerator and ample space for provisions. The navigation station around a full size chart table with all the electronic equipment: Speed-Depth-Wind instruments, VHF, Autopilot, GPS Chartplotter, Navtex, Cellphones, PC Laptop, as well as stereo radio-cassette-CD player & colour TV.
GUEST CABINS - ACCOMMODATION
Up to eight guests in 4 large double cabins, all with their own private WC/shower en-suite.
For BEST VALUE: Up to 11 guests, with the use of the main cabin and the deck.
The crew cabin and WC/shower are forward with a private entrance from the deck.
20 opening hatches and portholes, a large skylight over the main cabin, two side windows and
four vents with air scoops, ensure an abundance of light and excellent ventilation throughout the boat.
Autopilot, GPS, Spinnaker - Gennaker, Outboard for the dinghy plus
snorkeling gear, end cleaning and linen laundry.
What previous clients have said:
Dear Captain Thomas, Dear Salty Dog skipper,
It`s now time to say goodbye :(
After ten days together with you celebrating ur honeymoon in the Cyclades, we`ve to say there`s no better place, better environment, better atmosphere than on Idylle1 (the salty dog sails). Forget the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles... Thomas and his boat is much better. The Idylle 1 is the best honeymoon suite on earth.
We had an unforgettable time, saw the best places, and Thomas made everthing possible.
Thanks Thomas and see you in Asia soon. We also have nice waters, bays and sometimes wind.
Bonnie (Hong Kong), Marc (Germany)
Dear Captain Thomas,
Thank you for a dream vacation. Our family loved sailing around the Cyclades with you. The itinerary was very flexible and fun. The islands are beautiful. Any future sailing we do in Greece we will be sure to call you. Thanks again for all your recommendations and a great adventure.
Tameria Wheeler, Alamo, California, USA
Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience sailing around the Cyclades. Your wealth of knowledge made our adventures that much more fun. I appreciate the time you took to teach me the basics of sailing and then giving me the chance to be behind the wheel was WILD! And of course the night cap on a pirate ship was one of a kind... Hope to come back again on another excursion...
Jennifer Wheeler, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA
Thank you for the wonderful voyage, it was a dream come true. Your insight and knowledge of the islands and Greece was inspiring and helpful. Good luck in your future sails.
Thanks, Ashley Wheeler Concord, Mass. USA
Dear Captain Thomas,
I really enjoyed sailing around Greece. It was super fun.
Thank you, Erica Wheeler (aged 12) California USA
Dear Captain Thomas, Thank you for the wonderful voyage around Greece.
Sincerely, Harrison (Wheeler, aged 10).
Wheeler party- sailed with Thomas, 13 – 20/06/2011, Syros to Santorini
“I can`t really share with how Thomas creates the perfect balance between giving you a sense of security, that all is taken care of, and wild abandon that this vacation and the Aegean are yours to command. He is always there but never a hindrance or obstacle, more of an old friend. He is very intelligent, experienced and a hell of a good time. ...We were the lucky few that got a dream vacation by just pointing and clicking. You should count yourself lucky as well to have found Thomas. : I have traveled alot over the last 10 years, I work for Museums all around the world and try to fit in a vacation where ever I travel to. The 10 days my husband and myself spent with Thomas on his boat in the Aegean, top the list. He will make sure you see the real Greece instead of the ultra touristic places, Thomas is the man. I wouldn`t recommend anyone else. We loved it!
Wanda Webb, Los Angeles/ USA
“The problem with lots of charters in the islands is that you get skippers that may know how to sail a yacht but don`t really give you the space and chance to do what you like, ie they are a little bit like well dressed butlers and you are just along for the ride. If you`re looking for the impeccably dressed but boring skipper, don`t go with Thomas. :-) If on the other hand, you`re looking for someone who knows the islands, will make sure you go to the right places, will make sure you ...We had zero problems and the boat is just great. We were 5 or 6 on the boat at different times and things were fine. It`s Thomas` boat and he takes really good care of it. It`s clean and easy to just drift away in. Thomas is a fantastic sailor who knows the Mediterranean cold. I think he`s been sailing for 20 years or more. His life is the sea or the sea is his life or whatever. Thomas is also a great skipper and knows how to put people at their ease.”
Greg Galanos, San Francisco/ USA
“We went on a 10-day cruise with Thomas and 2 other couples this past October and had a FANTASTIC time (even though we didn`t know the other 4 people.) Thomas is a very competent, friendly, entertaining, accomodating and safety conscious captain, he knows the islands inside and out, his boat is very well-maintained and comfortable, and we would sail with him again in a heartbeat. Actually, we`re trying to figure out how soon we can get back down there again.”
Meredith & Scott, Heidelberg/ Germany
“thank you very Big”
“The captain was knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful. The boat was sturdy and a pleasure to sail. The itinerary was perfect – a good mix of touristed ‘must see’ villages and remote beaches.”
Laura Cumming, USA.