More than 700 islands, reefs and cays, make the Caribbean a picture-perfect paradise for sailors at any level. Enjoy easy line-of-sight navigation while island-hopping from one charming harbor to the next. Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the region comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. Also called the West Indies, since Christopher Columbus landed here in 1492 believing he was in India, the region consists of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east, and the Bahamas.
A Caribbean sailing vacation helps you realize your nautical dreams in the most unique way. Each colonized by a different Europeannation, the Caribbean islands invite you to discover their distinct history and culture. Explore seven island bases, with each offering up a taste of mouthwatering cuisine and exciting things to do. Whether you want calm, protected waters and short islandhops or exhilarating blue water passages.View more Itineraries
With wonderful waters, antiquated towns and more than 1,400 islands to choose from, the 350 km long coastline of Croatia dazzles visitors from all over. Surrounded by the clear waters of the Adriatic are Medieval towns each with whitewashed buildings and rich historical backgrounds, an abundance of islands, secluded bays and coves and sandy beaches, making Croatia the perfect yacht chartering destination for those who wish to experience the Mediterranean as it once might have been.
Carrying the traces of Illyrian, Christian, Roman, Austrian and Venetian empires, Croatia has increasingly become a popular tourist destination, yet still remains perfectly preserved, and offers one of the most authentic yacht chartering experiences in Europe.
Croatia offers an endless variety of destinations, whether you are seeking natural beauty, cultural diversity, historical sites or hiking trails.The most popular destinations are Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Split and Zadar.View more Itineraries
Greece remains one of the most beloved travel destinations. The combination of rugged beauty and thousands of years of history never seizes to amaze and inspire. Venture further inland and you will find atmospheric villages and monasteries, museums and a laid-back lifestyle, which the Greeks are fampis for. Minoans, Romans, Arabs, Latin Crusaders, Venetians, Slavs, Albanians and Turks have all left their mark in almost every town or village.
Take the helm of a beautiful chartered yacht and experience prolonged periods of open water sailing as you strike out for the scattered Saronic Islands, or enjoy easy line-of-sight exploration through the famous Heptanese Islands off Greece’s west coast.
Sailing in Greece is a near-mythical blend of line-of-sight cruising and longer, more challenging passages. The Ionian Sea’s light winds and warm waters invite sailorsof all abilities to take on a real adventure, while the Saronic caters for those looking for a more testing voyage. Set sail from our base in Lefkas for some classic Greek island hopping, or go to Corfu for some steady coastal cruising. Our Athens Zea base is the ideal launchpad for trips into the Cyclades and wider Saronic.View more Itineraries
The Turkish coastline is wonderful for a sailing holiday that explores a fantastic tapestry of culture and history as much as the serene bays, idyllic harbours and isolated traditional restaurants that solely cater to the passing nautical trade. Throw in a bit of adventure, loggerhead turtles, authentic Turkish cuisine and cheap shopping, you won't want to leave! Turkey is a land of history, culture and mythology and an amazing meeting point of east and west. The Turkish landscape is often described as a "symphony of sounds, smells and people in the most unlikely combinations". Straddling both Europe and Asia and having existed at the crossroads of civilization for millennia, Turkey offers sailors a rich cultural experience. Explore the many archaeological sites only accessible by boat and be charmed by the warm, welcoming and often humorous people themselves. Throw in a long hot summer season with lovely sailing breezes, stunning clear waters and a few surprises along the way, such as thermal mud baths and loggerhead turtles, Turkey is truly a world class sailing destination.
Winds and Weather in Turkey
The Mediterranean Sea area on the south west corner of Turkey is a lot friendlier than the Greek Aegean Sea, giving lighter breezes and less livelier seas. Once you slip round the straits between Simi, Rhodes and the headland at Kara Burun, the gradient winds tend to come from a north westerly to a westerly. The further east you travel, the wind direction tends to be more westerly. You will also find that the wind speeds will vary from calm to gentle breezes, Force 3 (light winds, 7-10 knots) but often building to be a Force 4 (moderate breeze, 11 to 16 knots). From Marmaris to Antalya you will find - when the gradient winds are shown as being 0 to 20 knots, then the local geography such as land, mountains, headlands, bays and seas bring their own wind directions and speeds. However if the gradient winds are stronger than 20 knots then you will find that the prevailing winds and Meltimi will come into play. You will often experience many enjoyable days of sailing in lighter winds, lesser seas, and find local wind directions such as onshore breezes during the day and offshore breezes during the night.View more Itineraries
Cruising and sailing in the Indian Ocean is a wonderful experience with all those beautiful Indian Ocean islands and atolls, many of which are remote and seldom visited.
The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, and Australia; and on the south by the Antarctica.
Scattered into small islands and cays harbouring sensational coral reefs, many of the Indian Ocean’s jewels remain largely untouched and little known. With strong winds, powerful currents and submerged hazards to navigate, experienced skippers will relish the opportunity to conquer an ocean that has so much to offer adventurers.View more Itineraries