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Learn or upgrade sailing skills with a holiday in Greece

by Ozgur Tore/Sail-World on 18 Feb 2011
What a way to learn to sail - among the Greek Islands .. .
So you want to learn to sail or maybe improve your sailing skills? Why do it at home? Why not do it in an exotic sailing location and enjoy a fabulous holiday at the same time? Got a non-sailing partner? They will have a fabulous time too - and it's all happening in Greece.

You can enjoy 'learn-to-sail' yachting holidays off Lefkas island in the Greek Ionian Sea with a choice of accommodation either on board the boat or shore-based in a hotel, villa or apartment. The season runs from May to October with special share-a-yacht ‘pot-luck’ weeks early and late season, which are ideal for singles and parties too small to hire their own yacht.

The holidays are suitable for the complete novice as well as those with a little sailing experience or whose knowledge has lapsed; courses cater for singles, couples, groups and families with youngsters from around nine years upwards. The superb coastal scenery, warm sheltered waters and favourable wind conditions provide a safe and pleasant location in which to learn new boating skills.

Live-Aboard:
For those choosing to live-aboard the tuition yachts form the lead boats in a small flotilla, which departs from Sunvil’s base at Nidri. Holidaymakers will literally learn the ropes under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor as they cruise the beautiful Ionian Islands.

A lively social side is ensured every evening when the yachts moor up together for dinner ashore. The flotilla will cruise the southern Ionian area taking in the islands of Ithaca, Kephalonia, Kastos, Kalomos and Meganissi as well as various ports south of Lefkas and on the Greek mainland.

Dependent on ability, this can lead to Non-tidal Yacht Crew certification (Silver Seal for those aged 12 and above) or Non-Tidal Yacht Skipper certification (Gold Seal for the 16 plus). Youngsters aged 9 to 12 years can gain an introduction to yachting Star. Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Shore-Based Accommodation:

First time sailors, families and groups where not everybody wishes to learn-to-sail, or holidaymakers who prefer greater comfort, can take the shore-based option choosing to stay in a hotel B&B, self-catering apartment or waterside villa.

They can then book as many two-day sailing units as they wish with instruction, which can lead to Level One or Two Keelboat certification. This is also ideal as an introduction to yachting or a pre-flotilla brush-up for the experienced and certified but rusty sailor.

Non-sailing guests can simply relax by the pool, try some watersports, join an excursion or hire a car and drive along the coast or explore inland.

There are plenty of companies who offer this type of holiday, so ask your local boating holiday agent. For more information start off by trying www.sunvil.co.uk!Sunvil_Sailing in the northern hemisphere who supplied the information in this article, or www.marinerboating.com!Mariner_Boating_Holidays in the southern hemisphere.
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