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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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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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Free T-shirts for team spirit!

For all charter in Croatia in season 2017 we give Yacht Rent T-shirts for the entire crew! All we ask is that you send at least two (the more the better!) cool photos from your vacation on the boat and a few sentences of text accompanying the photos.   Yacht Rent T-shirts set for the whole crew will wait for you at the base. Be creative and funky as befits a real sailors :). Photos don't have to (but can) include t-shirts, and you can send them during a break or after returning h..

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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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Yacht Rent is a member of Yacht Pool - what does that mean for you?

Our yacht charter agency is a holder of Yacht Pool certificate for insolvency insurance for 2017, which represents additional security for all our clients. Specifically, if a charter agency or charter company is a member of Yacht Pool and go bankrupt, Yacht Pool provides customer refund of the complete amount paid.   Protecting your prepayments is important and necessary as it was already shown to be the case several times in the past. For this reason, it is wise to choose a char..

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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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ICE'Twice 2016 - International charter expo

International charter expo was held twice in 2016 which says a lot about the development of yacht industry in Croatia and the region. First ICE'2016 took place in March, and the other called ICE'Twice 2016 was in November.   Also, one of the reasons for the second ICE was the idea of holding the fair at the end of the charter season in order to brought together as many participants from the world of yacht charter as posible. This allows to organize timely cooperation and arrangem..

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How to pack for a sailing holiday

Destination decided. Check. Friends and Family confirmed. Check. Sailing charter researched and booked. Check. Now, what to pack? Packing for a sailing holiday is easy. Fortunately, boat life lends itself to simple living and there are just a few extra things needed that you might not take on a regular holiday. A Duffel Bag is the best bag to pack as it is soft and can be easily stowed onboard. What NOT to bring Although these days with volt inverters available on some boats (chec..

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Sailing and cooking

An expanse of blue, flecked with white as far as the eye can see; sails full of wind, picking up speed. The skipper is smiling and the crew, sun kissed and windblown, are basking in the joy of the moment……. Now - what’s for lunch? Being inspired by the culture of the place that you are sailing, plus all the fresh and seasonal produce available and a few tips is all you need to make the most of a sailing holiday in Greece. Without a doubt, two of the top reasons to visit Greece are sub..

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