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How to Order Seafood on a Sailing Holiday

There is nothing quite like the moment when you drop your sails after a hard days sailing and head into port. Windblown and salty, we look forward to an evening on land. Invariably, our minds turn to dinner as we cast our eyes upon the numerous seafood taverns overlooking the harbour. Already, the smell of grilled fish in the air entices us onshore.  Seafood is a popular cuisine for sailors and many a Mediterranean restaurant offer scintillating traditional recipes using the catch of..

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Talking the Talk - Basic Nautical Terms

Knowing the right sailing terms to use on board a boat is crucial in communicating while you’re sailing and nobody should take to the water without knowing the basics. Terms used by sailors for hundreds of years are still used today. They are scattered throughout the English language, some dating back to the16th and 17th century. Here you will find the some basic nautical terms that every sailor should know as well as some fun sayings that have crept into everyday language, but have their ori..

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Life Is A Boat Party! Greece And Croatia

If relaxed sailing to remote areas, quiet anchorages and peaceful evenings are not your idea of the perfect sailing holiday and you like to live on the wild side, there are plenty of alternatives; and you can sail right into where the action is! Both Croatian and Greek islands annually make the world Top Ten lists for party islands; they are also excellent destinations for chartering a boat. The combination offers a realm of possibilities for sailing from island to island, party to party ..

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The "Tamata" of Tinos – Greek Island of Miracles

The old woman groaned, head in her wrinkled hands, a gold chain and cross dangling through them. “Please, please, please,” she whispered tears streaming down her face. Her forlorn shape was kneeling on the dusty road. We had already passed her once in the morning on our way up to the Church of Our Lady, an imposing white marble structure surrounded by ancillary buildings. Now on our way down she was still making her way up the steep hill, hoping for a miracle. Island stop We had chart..

Anchoring Tips for Novice Sailors

Anyone who has ever chartered a boat knows that once you move away from the marina to find those secluded spots, it’s the anchor that weighs on your mind. Dragging anchors and anchoring mishaps are not for the faint-hearted, but one of the best parts of boating is being away from the noise and movement of a busy harbour. With these tips you can build confidence and be anchoring like an old sea dog by the end of the charter week. Anchoring A range of factors play a part in securing..

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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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