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Sailing with Pets

Is the thought of leaving Fido or Felix at home while you are on a sailing holiday too much of a wrench? Sailing with animals, is much like sailing with kids; with some forward planning and a few tips it is, not only possible, but fun! Iguanas, hamsters and the like, can probably be left at home with a trusted friend, but dogs and (some) cats might love join you for a sailing holiday. Cats are possibly more difficult, being naturally less flexible and more attached to home and will need c..

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It’s not ALL Greek to me – getting along with the locals in Greece.

Sailing in foreign climes is both exhilarating and fun. Being able to communicate, even just a little, with the locals can make your experience even more memorable; and the Greeks are always appreciative of anyone who makes an effort. The further afield you go, the more it may be necessary to have a few phrases to communicate with the older generation or the people in more remote areas. Here is a list of the most useful words and phrases for sailing in Greece; the spelling is phonetic: ..

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Sailing into the Sunset – Tips for Sailing at Night

Sailing at night is a magical experience. Dark and still, phosphorescence in the wake, an expanse of stars reflecting off the black sea and, if that’s not enough, a chance to watch the sun rise over the water. Night sailing is not without its difficulties, though. Approaching wind and storms cannot be seen, moving around in the dark on deck becomes challenging and navigational skills are put to the test. Here are some things to keep in mind as you venture into the dark. Ready to go ..

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What to Charter this Summer - Monohull or Catamaran?

The great debate over which is better – one or two hulls – is one that many a sailor enjoys having on deck while sipping something cold. While there are advantages and disadvantages to both, it usually just comes down to personal taste, intended use of the sailing boat and your sailing destination. If you are thinking of chartering a sailing boat this summer, then here is the lowdown in terms of space, performance, maneuverability and price. First up is aesthetics. Monohulls are more beau..

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How to be a Considerate Onboard Guest

So your friends have invited you on a boating trip and you have never been sailing before. Sharing such a small space and being in close contact with your fellow crew makes understanding and practicing good sailing etiquette essential. Here are some tips for first time sailors and guests while on board Ask permission to board Just like we would knock on the door of someone’s house and wait to be invited in, it is considered good boating etiquette to ask permission to board. A simple "..

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Easter in Greece

The Greek year is a succession of festivities and events some of which are cultural and some of which are religious. By far the most important in the Orthodox calendar is Easter and if you are in the right place at the right time you will definitely be invited to join in the revelry. Spring time is one of the most delightful times to visit. The countryside is abloom with wild flowers, a myriad of vernal colours scattered through the bright green grass; the blood-red wild poppy beautifying..

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Spellbinding Samothraki

“Hey guys, Look at me!”  We barely heard him above the thundering waterfall, hardly saw him through the spray, but there he was perched on a giant rock at least 10m tall above the rock pool, his frame a looming shadow in the bright sunlight. Tired from the hike, we sat at the base of a large oak tree, listening to the distant bleats of goats, and watched. Sailing around the North-Aegean We had sailed in a few days ago from Limnos on our sailing holiday. Having rented a boat in Ka..

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Yacht Charter Management

Have you ever dreamed of owning a sailing boat, setting off to the sundrenched sailing grounds of the Mediterranean or further afield?  Has the expense of such a venture stopped you in your tracks? Yacht charter management may offer an elegant solution to offset the cost of your boat while still being able to enjoy it. What is Yacht Charter Management? Charter management is a business relationship between the charter company and the boat owner, whereby the charter company off..

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New Year, New Hobby?

Forget giving up something for the New Year, why not start up something instead? How about a hobby that gets you outside more, keeps your body and mind active and is plenty of fun? Sailing is a hobby that can quickly become a way of life and is easier than you think. Here we will set out some tips to get started. Starting from Scratch Never been on a boat? Overwhelmed by the jargon and skill set required? Sailing is more accessible than ever and there are a number of ways to get start..

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Great gifts for sailors

With the festive season or birthday around the corner, here are some gift ideas for the sailor in your life, which will be sure to have him or her excited for the next sailing holiday. A Good Knife A good quality sailing knife makes a great gift for a budding sailor. Make sure that it can cut through sails and ropes. Brands like Buck Solo knife and Wichard are known for their sailing knives. Foul Weather Gear A good set of foul weather gear is a great gift for any both novice ..

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