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South Ionian Flotilla, Sailing from Lefkas (Lefkada)

Ionian flotilla from Lefkas

Lefkas flotilla from Sivota (the Kalamos route and the Ithaka route)

The Ionian is without question the "birthplace" of flotilla sailing, and with good reason. Gentle breezes, secure anchorages and iridescent waters make this the ideal flotilla holiday destination. The protected waters are ideal for less experienced sailors as well as those more experienced sailors looking to relax and unwind.

The Ionian Seas offer a stunning combination of cruising opportunities. At one extreme you can still discover uninhabited islands and hidden away coves. At the other you have harbours full of Venetian charm and sophistication. In between translucent waters, short passages and clement conditions ideal for the more relaxed sailor.

Each island, harbour and town has its own character, from cosmopolitan Fiskardho, traditional Lefkas to sleepy Kastos and the pine-clad bays of Meganisi, you are spoilt for choice and there is something for everyone on an Ionian flotilla holiday.

For the best of both worlds, why not try a combination of a week of dinghy, windsurfing, kayaking & SUPing at our beach club at Nikiana Beach Club with a week exploring the islands on flotilla. The perfect Greek island holiday!

You will be in charge of your own chartered yacht as part of a flotilla fleet of not more than twelve yachts. Your professional lead crew will be on hand to assist and guide you through the beautiful waters, organising social events along the way. The crew’s aim is to make this a personal experience for you, and their local knowledge will help to make your holiday a very special one.

Generally the prevailing wind is from the North / North West and the strength ranges from force 2 to force 5. Stronger sailing breezes can generally be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. Due to the mountainous nature of the islands, you can usually count on some great local winds – your lead crew can give you their top tips!

2019 FLOTILLA ITINERARIES
Alternating weekly routes in the Ionian

THE ITHACA ROUTE

embarkation dates from Sivota, Lefkas
5 May, 19 May; 2 June, 16 June; 30 June, 14 July, 28 July;
11 Aug, 25 Aug; 8 Sept, 22 Sept, 6 Oct, 20 Oct 2019


Ionian flotilla from Lefkas, the Ithaca route

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Note: Sailing holidays, routes may vary during the season according to weather and operating conditions.
Our flotilla crew will keep you fully briefed each day.

SUNDAY

Lefkas - Fly UK to Preveza and transfer to our flotilla base for embarkation. Our home port is in the sheltered harbour of Sivota on the south of the island of Lefkas, perfect for exploring the South Ionian.

MONDAY

Vassiliki, Lefkas (10 nm) is renowned as a top windsurfing destination but is now popular with yachties too - and the brand new marina for 2019 is a great destination.

TUESDAY

Fiskardho, Kefalonia (12 nm) – Chic and cosmopolitan, FIskardho is known for being a "must see" destination in the Mediterranean. Some of the best restaurants in the Ionian offer the chance to dine in style.

WED/SDAY

Frikes, Ithaca (10 nm) is a well known and popular spot on the easter coast of Ithaca, and is home to arguably the best restaurant in the Ionian, as well as a fantastic bar for some evening down time from sailing.

THURSDAY

Spartohori, Meganissi (14 nm) village is set on the hill overlooking the bay, and the view (and a cold beer!) are the rewards for a short climb.

FRIDAY

Free Sailing - Plenty of choices for your free sailing - Meganisi alone offers 4 or 5 possible destinations, town quay, restaurant quay, long lining in a bay or swinging on the anchor - your crew will suggest the perfect stop for you.

SATURDAY

Lefkas - Return to Lefkas island and enjoy a "last supper" together on the water's edge opposite the pontoon. Two week clients continue free sailing - your crew will be happy to guide you to some of the hidden gems for your weekend.

SUNDAY

Disembarkation in the morning

THE KALAMOS ROUTE

embarkation dates from Sivota, Lefkas
12 May, 26 May; 9 June, 23 June; 7 July, 21 July; 4 August, 20 August; 1 Sept, 15 Sept, 29 Sept, 13 Oct 2019

ionian flotilla from Lefkas, the Kalamos route

Click on map to view full size

Note: Sailing holidays, routes may vary during the season according to weather and operating conditions.
Our flotilla crew will keep you fully briefed each day.

SUNDAY

Lefkas - Fly UK to Preveza and transfer to our flotilla base for embarkation. Our home port is in the sheltered harbour of Sivota on the south of the island of Lefkas, perfect for exploring the South Ionian.

MONDAY

Vathi, Meganisi (5 nm) – A short hop on our first day is perfect - plenty of time to get used to your yacht and enjoy a swim stop for lunch before the evening punch party on the quay.

TUESDAY

Palairos, Mainland (9 nm) – This small mainland village is popular with Greek tourists and offers a great selection of tavernas for your evening meal. Anchor outside the harbour or on the quay, the choice is yours.

WEDNESDAY

Kalamos (13nm) - Today we head south to the mountainous island of Kalamos. You can be sure of some great sailing breezes in the afternoon before heading into the well-protected harbour and dinner at George's famous taverna.

THURSDAY

Port Leone (8 nm) – A short hop to the location of our beach party on Kalamos means plenty of time to explore or relax - head south to the Dragonera islands, great for spotting dolphins, or take it easy, sailing around Kastos with a lazy stop for lunch.

FRIDAY

Free Sailing – Plenty of choice for you - head to Meganisi for a night in one of the bays on the north coast, or alternatively head south west to Ithaka or Kefalonia.

SATURDAY

Lefkas - Return to Lefkas island and enjoy a "last supper" together on the waters edge. Two week clients continue free sailing - your crew will be happy to guide you to some of the hidden gems for your weekend.

SUNDAY

Disembarkation in the morning

TWO WEEK FLOTILLA– Combine the Kalamos route with the Ithaka route for a two week flotilla holiday


New for 2019

This year we can offer:

  • Scuba Diving options
  • Bike Hire and cycling trips around the islands
  • A dedicated kids rep with fun activities during the school hols

The option to join our Beach Club for Watersports (or for sunbathing and cocktails!)

We're also going greener! We always tried to be clean and green as we are sailors and like to respect our surroundings, but this year we've decided to raise our game and be more eco-friendly. We're eliminating plastic bags and plastic water bottles wherever we can. We're using only eco-friendly soaps and washing up liquids. We're adding catchers to fuel breather valves on our yachts to stop diesel dropping in the water during refuelling and much more!

We've also added solar panels to our fleet, which with our superior levels of instrumentation and amenities means we continue to have the best-equipped flotilla fleet in the Ionian.

What's more, we're offering up to 30% off in May and June, with more discounts all through high season and the school holidays including special family deals!

Dinghy sailing holiday Ionian Beach Club

Our Beach Club is an ideal family holiday village in a superb beach side setting with excellent dinghy sailing and windsurfing equipment at your disposal during your stay. There are great facilities for all the family, whilst use of all the sailing equipment including our wide variety of dighies, as well as the tennis courts and swimming pool plus half board meal arrangements are included in the price of your holiday.

A week at our Beach Club is also the perfect addition to a flotilla holiday for your first or second week on our South Ionian or even Saronic Isles flotillas. Situated on the coast of historic Achaia in the north western Peloponnese, the club has 80 bungalows set in extensive gardens of over 10 acres, directly on a long sandy beach. Within a short drive is the traditional fishing hamlet of Achaia with authentic fish tavernas. The market town of Kato Achaia has a good range of shops as well as banks, chemists etc.

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crew

Together Giles and Amy are responsible for the yachts and the safety of the crews aboard. They will ensure that you have a fantastic flotilla adventure and make your holiday a great one.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A FLOTILLA HOLIDAY?
You will be in charge of your own chartered yacht as part of a flotilla fleet of not more than twelve yachts. Your professional lead crew will be on hand to assist and guide you through the beautiful waters, organising social events along the way. The crew’s aim is to make this a personal experience for you, and their local knowledge will help to make your holiday a very special one.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY FLOTILLA HOLIDAY?

  • Fully equipped charter yacht
  • Dinghy with outboard engine
  • A welcome punch party
  • A beach party (14 night flotilla holidays only)
  • End cleaning of your flotilla yacht
  • The services of an experienced lead crew and the support of the local base team / local agents
  • One full tank of diesel, full water tank(s) and cooking gas
  • Welcome pack of provisions and cleaning products to get you started
  • Bed linen, shower towels & tea towels.
    (On request and subject to availability we can offer return flights from the UK plus overseas airport transfers with ATOL Protection (on flight inclusive packages)
    Note: Mooring charges (except at flotilla base) extra fuel or water; food, drink and items of a personal nature such as laundry are excluded. For those extending their holiday after the yacht charter, transfer costs from yacht base to your accommodation are usually excluded and payable locally unless you are booking a flight inclusive package.

DO I NEED A SAILING LICENCE?
Yes, each skipper on a flotilla or bareboat charter is required to possess a recognised sailing qualification, typically either an RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If you have experience but not the qualification, our RYA training centres in Greece can help you to achieve this as part of your holiday.

DO I NEED A VISA FOR MY TRIP TO GREECE?
No, for Greece a tourist visa is not required. If you are planning on extending your stay you may choose to visit Turkey (exit and entry fees apply) in which case a tourist visa will be required for your entry to Turkey.

WILL I HAVE TO PAY MOORING FEES?
On our flotillas, the first and last night of your charter will be in the marina, and we cover the fees for this (excluding showers and other marina facilities). During the course of your holiday there may be one or two places that charge a small fee, but this will generally not exceed 10 euros per night. In some places you will have to pay for topping up your tanks with water. Again, this is included whilst in the marina on your first and last nights.

WHAT WIND CONDITIONS CAN I EXPECT?
Generally the prevailing wind is from the North / North West and the strength ranges from force 3 to force 6. Stronger sailing breezes can generally be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. During the Meltemi season, which is generally late July to the end of August, the winds can be a little stronger, between force 4 to 7 at times, although much of the sailing area is protected by the island so the swell is not too exaggerated.

HOW MUCH CASH SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?
Obviously this will depend on what your plans are, but generally you can expect to pay around 15 euro per person for an evening meal. Although most places take card, it is good practice to have enough cash with you to cover any bill. Cash points are available at our home ports of Kos as well as many of the islands – your crew know exactly where and when you can get more and they will keep you updated as your holiday progresses. Travellers cheques are no longer readily accepted, and of course euro is the currency used in Greece.

DO I NEED TO STOCK UP WITH PROVISIONS AT THE BASE?
A few basic supplies and plenty of water is always good to have on the yacht, and the marina supermarket is close for the heavy items, however all the islands and ports have some facilities and shops (although sometimes quite basic!). Half the fun of your flotilla holiday is exploring the harbours and villages, and of course there are plenty of restaurants for your evening meals ashore.

HOW FAR IS THE BASE FROM THE AIRPORT?
Our base in Sivota is approximately 50 minutes from Preveza airport by taxi. Transfers can be arranged on request.

*Please contact us directly with your request and let us know the precise dates of embarkation and duration, the number of people in your group, and whether or not you require flights from the UK. We will get back to you with our best offers.
Prices available in sterling or Euro.

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