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Old 21 October 2014, 15:47   #11
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Awesome. you will love it. I went round the Greek islands on a Moody 26 yonks ago and never forget it.(think I was aged 8) It was the first place I saw a pair of tits and this chick was on a windsurfer completely starkers and wizzed by..
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Old 21 October 2014, 16:37   #12
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They say a ICC is not required?



However I would get some training on the same sort of boat before we went
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Old 21 October 2014, 17:02   #13
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The Levkas/kefalonia area is a great place to start. Lots of places to go and mostly line of sight. Some lovely islands to visit, and bays to idle away the afternoons. Corfu is good too but longer passages required.
We go bareboat as well. We chartered a Bavaria 42 a couple of times. 4 adults and 4 kids. I am the only sailor but all on board used to boats. The rig makes a big difference. We had in mast furling, which really made things easy, which is what you want on holiday. Big powerful boat when the wind is up but still cramped at times so go as big as you can.

I've not tried a flotilla, but probably a good place to start. You should have a great time.
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They say a ICC is not required?



However I would get some training on the same sort of boat before we went
I didn't think you needed any qualifications with them, but I did have my day skipper theory and ICC + done plenty of dighy sailing. Wife has RYA level 2 but she was no help and left it all to me
We had some very stormy conditions with some very lively sailing got so bad we where kept in port for a day to let the worst pass!
In 2 weeks we managed to sail every day not moter but I don't think this is the norm.
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However I would get some training on the same sort of boat before we went
I think that is sensible, sailing looks easy from the shore or a motor boat afterall everything is so slow, but it's not - you need much more awareness of your environment than in a rib! The suggestion to do some dinghy sailing is not stupid but two observations having learned in dinghies and had brief encounters with much bigger things...

1. The handling and experience on a big boat is totally different to a dinghy. It's also rather different controlling 100k of yacht in a way that might need a lifeboat if you get it wrong from a 3k plastic sailing school tub where most problems can be fixed with a paddle or a nudge from the friendly rib watching you.

2. I'm not sure the rya dinghy scheme actually trains you to sail (que a furore from rya dinghy instructors) but it teaches the mechanics and the practicalities very well (some, but certainly not all of which transfer to big boats). The distinction I am making is that it trains techniques and theory rather than a fundamental understanding of seamanship and skippering. The big boat courses look on paper more targeted towards that. e.g. On a big boat anything tricky can often be tackled by dropping the sails and motoring, an option not available to most dinghies so understanding when that is prudent isn't the norm.
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Old 21 October 2014, 20:09   #16
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All the boats use a modern sail system a bit like a roller blind, also all the anchors are electric too. From this video it all seams a lot more user friendly than what I was expecting...

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Interesting about the ICC, when we picked up the boat in Vounaki i had to sign a Greek Government declaration that I held an ICC. i can't believe this is just a Sunsail thing, maybe it's a bare boat thing. I'm sure Sailing Holidays know their market and the harbour they are based from is gorgeous, absolutely lovely. i got steadily wobbly drinking large, cold beers in a bar right by the dock. Happy days, summer memories!!
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+1 for Sailing Holidays in Greece, went away with them 2 years ago & was fantastic. Laid back & you could do your own thing if you wanted, but with enough support when needed.
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All the boats use a modern sail system a bit like a roller blind, also all the anchors are electric too. From this video it all seams a lot more user friendly than what I was expecting...

Roller Furling or self furling sails, been around for a while
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Roller Furling or self furling sails, been around for a while
Years.
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