- Dress warmly and appropriately. You must have with you hat, sunscreen, waterproof jacket, and non-slip, non-marking, closed-toe shoes.
- Safety is important our company will provide you with a life jacket. Life jackets are essential on a dinghy and recommended on a keel boat in certain weather conditions and locations.
- Be careful not to stand on ropes or sheets and don’t wrap them around your hands.
- Keep your hands and fingers clear of blocks and winches where ropes or sheets are.
- Hold onto something on the boat. One hand for you and one hand for the boat is a common saying.
- Don’t leave a mobile phone (or even a wallet) in your pocket as they may be lost overboard.
- Follow the skipper’s instructions and ask questions if you don’t understand.
- Don’t drop or throw anything overboard.
- Let the skipper (if you have one) know if you have a disability, illness or injury that might influence your ability to participate. Contact the club beforehand if you would like to discuss exactly what the activity involves and what your limitations might be.
- Skippers will give you a safety briefing before you head out, but if they forget, don’t hesitate to ask for one.
- Rely on the expertise of your skipper and charter company to develop an itinerary based on their local knowledge of the islands, the weather and prevailing winds.You should inform them of any particular wishes you may have, activities you enjoy and islands you would like to visit.
- The average sailing time per day is four to six hours.
- Don’t over plan and be flexible as nature is unpredictable! Sailboats rely primarily on the wind for propulsion (though of course they have auxiliary engines to use as necessary). Sailing legs and itineraries are designed based on the wind strength and direction. Any plan can be changed at the last minute at the captain’s discretion. This means that all itineraries are subject to changes depending on the weather as the safety of the crew and boat is the primary concern. If the weather is rough for a day, look for alternative activities, visits to sites or just relax at the beach.
- Allow yourself to enjoy the unexpected pleasures that can’t be planned for in advance: dolphins approaching and following your sailing boat, a spectacular sunset, a rare observation of a bird or flower, an invitation by a local at his house celebration, a discovery of a new diving site, cave or a tavern with delicious food.
If your holiday falls between June and August, you won’t need much! A swimsuit, a beach towel, some T-shirts and shorts and something casual for the evenings. In spring and autumn we recommend to have a fleece or sweater and long trousers for the evenings as sometimes when the sun comes down it can be chilly. It’s a good idea to include a light windproof jacket in case of stronger winds.
You’ll need a pair of shoes for walking and one for the boat. Flip-flops are ideal for walking around the islands in the summer but in spring and autumn you will need a closed pair of shoes for the evening. Closed non-slip shoes (deck shoes/sports shoes) are ideal for the boat and for the protection of your toes. We and many companies have a no-shoe policy onboard during the summer in order to maintain the deck as clean as possible but you are welcome to use your deck shoes just on the boat.
Don’t forget to bring a sun hat, sunglasses and include plenty of sunscreen for protection from the sun. Reflection from the water means you soak up a lot of sun while sailing and because of the wind you don’t always feel it when you are burning!
It is preferable to pack in soft bags rather than hard suitcases as hard cases are more difficult to stow away in lockers. Remember that space in sailing yacht is minimum. The less you carry, the better.
Toiletries and medication:
Most brands are sold in Greece and you’ll able to purchase whatever you need before the departure of the sailing yacht or during your sailing week. If though you take prescribed medicine, it is advisable to bring enough with you for the duration of your holiday as we often like to anchor at smaller, more remote islands where there aren’t any shops. Of course, if you run out we’ll be able to sail to a bigger island with a pharmacy but it is good to be prepared so that we don’t change our itinerary.
Note: Anyone suffering from severe food or bee-sting allergies should bring an dpi pen or pens as well as whatever antidote you may need. You may be away from instantaneous emergency medical assistance.
Although all our yachts have a basic first aid kit, it is a good idea to carry one of your own which should includes travel sickness pills, antiseptic cream, insect repellent, antihistamine cream/gel for insect bites and anything else you personally may need. If you are worried about sea sickness we recommend to purchase the “non-drowsy” formulas.
Sleeping on a sailing yacht:
Most people sleep like babies with the rocking of the sea. Others have issues getting used to the sounds of the sea and the wind and the resulting noises. If you are a noise-sensitive sleeper we recommend that bring silicone air-plugs.
You’ll find mini-markets at all the islands. We recommend to purchase enough food for one or two days so you leave money at all the island and support the local economies. Each island offers their own products as well such as vegetables, cheeses, different types of bread and pasta and other delicacies that are worth trying.
Documents & currency:
You will of course need your passport or ID card (EU member countries). If you are from a non-EU country you should check with your Greek consulate as to whether you need to apply for a visa. If you are charting your own sailing yacht, you should also bring your sailing certificate as they are requested by the Port Police. If you intend to hire a car, motorbike or other vehicle whilst on holiday you should also bring your driving licence. Your personal holiday insurance documents and if you are from a European Union member country, the EU medical card should be included in your hand luggage.
We recommend that you don’t carry so much cash with you as there are ATMs everywhere. If you are planning to spend the night in a remote place or bay take some cash with you enough for a couple of days.