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'Blue Planet' is a comfortable 46 foot (14m) sailing vessel made by Beneteau. She has four double cabins and one large double berth in the main saloon, with three of the cabins reserved for clients. There are two bathrooms with hot and cold showers and a fully fitted galley. For your safety she is also fitted with all the necessary navigational and safety equipment, including Radar, GPS navigation, life raft and life jackets etc.
The yacht is available for private charter - up to six guests on board plus skipper RYA yachtmaster, Rick Driscoll - or individual cabin charter for sailing cruises or learn to sail RYA courses.
Built in 1998 'Blue Planet' has spent time both in the
Caribbean, and the Med. 'Blue Planet' was designed by the legendary
Bruce Farr designer (amongst many other vessels), of Ellen Macarthur's
round the world record winning.catamaran.
Her four Double cabin layout plus Large double saloon berth and two
bathrooms with hot showers, means that a group of six people would
share sleeping accommodation but after a day out in the sea and sun
topped off by a hearty meal from one of the top local restaurants,
I have never found that to be a problem.
During our trips we like to encourage people to get involved in the sailing process, as many find this experience both rewarding and inspiring, however this is not compulsory.
There is nothing quite like a sail boat under full sail, it takes us back to a simpler time when life moved at a much slower pace. If we are lucky, nature provides us not only with a good breeze but also with spectacular shows such as the beautiful and sedate Giant Turtles, leaping Swordfish, and Dolphins who jump and cavort around us, we see this on a fairly regular basis and it is often a highlight of most peoples trip.
So whether you decide to join us on a Yoga trip or you simply want a yachting holiday with an experienced skipper, Blue Planet will take you on a relaxing and memorable trip.
Your friendly skipper is Captain Rick Driscoll. He’s a fully qualified RYA Yachtmaster and RYA Cruising Instructor – which means he’s gone through the very highest levels of training – and he’s commercially endorsed by the British Department of Transport.
The lead singer in 1970s chart band "Kenny", he was also lead guitarist for Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Classix Nouveaux, and Alison Moyet (he also co-wrote for Alison’s multi-platinum album “Raindancing”).
Rick still works with music in the winter season, but come summer he’s out doing what he loves – sailing in the glorious Greek sunshine and sharing the experience with his clients. He describes it as the perfect antidote to the hectic world of entertainment.
Rick’s friendliness, dry wit, sense of fun, love of good food and passion for sailing all help to create a joyously exhilarating holiday or sailing course that you’ll be talking about for years.
The last day (normally Sunday) will take us back to Gouvia Marina on Corfu, it is a day to yourselves away from the boat, so I recommend you take the opportunity to visit the old town with its stunning Venetian architecture, and perhaps look round some of the many restaurants and shops. As an alternative to the old town you may want to hire a car and drive around the island to enjoy its stunning scenery, with its charming mountain villages and tavernas. If this is your choice we can help you with preferential car hire rates straight from the marina.
We are based in Gouvia Marina on the green and stunning island of Corfu, home to great writers and poets for centuries. Once you have landed at Kerkyra airport you are but a ten minute ride away from the start of your adventure.
We have spent the last two years sailing all around the area. This means that, even in the busier seasons, we can find quite bays and coves as yet not found by charter boats.
The Ionian is an area of outstanding natural beauty and much of it is protected by environmental laws. Dolphins, turtles and even the odd sword fish have been known to join us. Unlike some other areas of the Med, our islands are lush and green, bursting with olive groves, palm and cypress trees.
Legend has it that Odysseus sailed these waters on his journey home from the Trojan wars. Many of the places we visit seem to have changed little since then, the best are still only accessible by sea. Life in the Greek Islands is simple, unhurried, friendly and relaxed. Food and drink play an important part in Greek Culture and as a valued visitor you will be welcomed into the numerous tavernas and restaurants we visit.
Typical Itinerary - one week sailing (approximate sailing 4 hours per day)
Day 1: Embarkation 17:00 Giouva marina. Meet the crew, settle in,
have dinner at a nearby taverna.
Antonopoulou 158D, Volos, 38221, Greece
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