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A Brief History of Sailing in Greece - Part 1

Mythology and Ancient Mariners Maritime history in Greece, like most things, dates back thousands of years. All the ancient civilizations have their own story of seafaring, exploration and trade routes. Part of the charm of sailing in Greece is that the ancient history is evident everywhere and the knowledge that your Greek sailing charter may be plowing the same routes as her ancient mariners adds a certain something to the experience. The First European Sailors The first evidenc..

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Cracking Croatian Cruising Destinations

Croatia’s coastline is speckled with a thousand or so islands, ranging from small, green mini-paradises to large and arid ones. Its magical blend of ancient and modern makes Croatia a unique destination for all tastes. Even though its fame and popularity as a sailing destination are well established, there are still enough off-the-beaten-track islands, quiet coves, and stone-built fishing villages to make you feel as if you’re visiting Europe at its most unspoiled. The only questions are..

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Best Sailing Movies

Balmy Summer sailing days have morphed into crisp Autumn and the European Winter is upon us. With memories of sailing charter holidays in the Mediterranean fading and the weather getting cooler, here is a list of the some great sailing movies to watch on nights in. Dead Calm (1989) Thriller An Australian couple is taking a sailing holiday on a beautiful 60ft ketch to help them heal after a terrible accident.  They come across a man who appears to be the sole survivor of a shipwre..

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Rainy day sailing

Although we all hope to leave drizzly weather behind us while on a sailing holiday, when the view is not quite what was in the brochure and the rain is pelting down, all is not lost. Here are a few ideas for how to entertain yourself and your crew on those damp days. Sailing in the Rain One option is to go sailing.  Being at sea in the rain can be a unique experience, but   remember that there will be low visibility, possibly choppy water and the chance that the weather..

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Silver Sailing – Think you’re too Old to Sail?

Think again. Many in their golden years carry on sailing or even take it up as a new hobby and the oldest mariners sail well into their 60’s, 70’s and some even into their 80’s and 90’s. Sometimes, we have to wait until later in life to realise some dreams, when the chaos of family and career have subsided a little and time is, once more, on our side. Sailing keeps you fit - mentally and physically. If you are able and in decent shape, then age isn't as major a factor as health is. It’s u..

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8 Reasons to Go Sailing around the Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia

The second largest peninsula in Croatia, the island-like Peljesac is still slightly off the beaten track. This verdant peninsular with its unique combination of mountain and sea is a delight and an awesome place to sail. Its relaxed atmosphere makes it a desirable stop for yacht charters and independent sailors and it’s just a short sail from Dubrovnik where you can pick up your charter boat. Alternatively sail down through the Peljesac Channel from the island of Korcula. The most well-protec..

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6 Easy Ways to Reduce your Plastic Consumption on a Sailing Holiday

The Ocean is full of plastic. Plastic has been in production for 100 years and millions of tons of it has found its way into the sea. It is difficult to think of a product that doesn’t contain or isn’t packaged in it. Among its many applications, plastics ensure that transportation is more carbon efficient, avoids food waste by keeping it fresh and allows us to see through contact lenses. The unintended side effect of one of the most useful inventions of our times is putting a strain on our o..

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Go Cultural in Croatia this summer

By Merryn Wainwright For culture-vultures who sail there is plenty to keep you entertained in Croatia this summer. Croatia is known for its music festivals and beach parties, a rival for places like Ibiza; but there are many other types of festivals to attend all through the summer months. Sail into port and drop anchor– here are some of the best. International Children’s Festival Šibenik, June and July If you have little sailors on board, and you are sailing in the Šibenik re..

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Powerboating

If you like to feel some power beneath your feet, prefer getting to places fast and are keen to enjoy the destination rather than the journey, then perhaps motor boating is for you. Pick your style Motorboats, or powerboats, offer a different kind of cruising experience and wider space and comfort below deck. They vary greatly in size and configuration. Types of motorboats range from four-meter, open center console types to boats kitted out for sports fishing, to luxury mega-yachts ca..

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Sun Safety While Sailing

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As sailors, we may be exposed to the sun for hours at a time, on the deck of the boat on beaches and taking part in a host of other watersports available. Luckily skin cancer, although one of the most common cancers is also one of the easiest to prevent and when it is detected – highly treatable. Here are some sun-safe practices to prevent Skin Cancer. Heliotherapy Our sun offers many health benefits and a 15 minute sunbath in the early morning, bef..

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