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Introduction to Yacht Sailing, Kefalonia

Location
Kefalonia, Greece
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Season
May – Oct
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What’s included?

White sailing yacht sailing on the sea
Fully equipped yacht
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Your own yacht, no sharing
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Your own skipper
Yachts Sailing Kefalonia
5 full days sailing
An instructor and three students complete chartwork lesson on a yacht
1 day theory
Yacht sailing along towing tender
Tender & Oars
Bavaria 32 yacht moored in harbour
Yacht cleaning
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Stand up Paddle
  • 7 nights on board a fully equipped yacht
  • 5 days full sailing and 1 day theory refresher
  • Yacht briefing on arrival
  • Exclusive skipper for duration
  • All mooring fees , water, fuel and gas
  • Toilet/shower/storage facilities at marina
  • Yacht cleaning at end of week
  • Stand up paddle board

About our Yacht Sailing holiday for beginners

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Four people on a yacht wave and smile at the camera
An instructor and three students complete chartwork lesson on a yacht
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Four people on a yacht wave and smile at the camera
An instructor and three students complete chartwork lesson on a yacht
A family site on a beach
Man walks along edge of yacht which is moored in harbour. A woman is sitting on the yacht
Two boys sat a restaurant table with a sea view
Four people stood on a sailing yacht
Yacht sailing along towing tender
Four people sit around a restaurant table on a harbour side enjoying a meal together. Yachts can be seen in the background
Family sailing along on Feeling 306 yacht in Kefalonia
St. Theodore Lighthouse, Kefalonia at sunset - a white circular lighthouse on rocky point with sea and mountains in the background
A mother and children are having fun in a rowing dinghy. There is a yacht moored in the background
Yacht moored in sunny location in Greece
Yacht moored at anchor at sunset
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Older men sat conversing around restaurant table in Lixouri Square, Kefalonia
White Restaurant table and chairs
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We’re specialists in providing yacht sailing holidays for beginner sailors. Our popular Introduction to Yacht Sailing holidays take place on the beautiful Greek Ionian of Kefalonia from our base in Lixouri. Friendly skippers help sailing newbies and those with previous experience get to grips with yacht sailing and learn the ropes. It’s very much a holiday atmosphere, with a few other yachts for company, no yacht sharing and your own dedicated skipper onboard.

For a 2nd week try a Beach Club active holiday.

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All set in a beautiful island location it’s the perfect place to gain valuable experience and sea miles with our support. Suitable for families, friends and singles who are looking for a flexible introduction to yacht sailing in a stunning cruising area and fantastic climate.

After the weeks successful sailing in Greece, you also have the opportunity to progress further and gain a Flotilla Skipper qualification or an ICC qualification through the IYT Yachting ,  so you can sail independently on a Flotilla holiday in the future.

We also run specific yacht sailing weeks for single travellers.

The highlights

  • Your own yacht, no sharing
  • Friendly skippers
  • Easy sailing in moderate breezes
  • No tides, hot & sunny
  • Swimming & snorkelling
  • Shower/toilet/storage facilities at the marina
  • Skipper hops off every night for your privacy
  • Dolphins and turtles
  • Lovely local town
  • Great support
  • Use of a nearby pool
  • Opportunity to gain a qualification (ICC)

About the local area

Kefalonia is one of a group of islands on the western side of Greece in the Ionian sea. It is the largest of the Ionian islands and boasts the third highest mountain range in Greece. Parts of the island are now national parks, home to wild horses, golden eagles and other protected flora and fauna.

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What’s included?

  • 7 nights on board a fully equipped yacht
  • 5 days full sailing with 1 day theory refresher
  • Yacht briefing on arrival
  • Exclusive skipper for duration
  • All mooring fees , water, fuel and gas
  • Toilet/shower/storage facilities at marina
  • Yacht cleaning at end of week
  • Stand up paddle board

What’s not included

  • Flights (our free flight finder service can source these for you)
  • Transfers (we can book these for you)
  • IYT theory course of 140 pp (pre-holiday) – NOT COMPULSARY
  • ICC assessment 135 euro pp (post-holiday) – NOT COMPULSARY
  • Personal expenditure

How does it work ?

A simple step-by-step process

It’s a really flexible holiday. Devised for complete beginners, our Introduction to Sailing holiday lets you learn to sail while enjoying an exciting holiday. Have fun and stay safe out on the water as you learn the ropes and develop a taste for yacht sailing in sunny Greece.

STEP 1 – Only for those guests who are looking to go on a flotilla holiday in the future. Brush up on your theory skills prior to your holiday in Greece with an on-line course with the IYT before you arrive in Greece.

Sign up on-line here and complete the course before arriving in Greece.

STEP 2 – For everyone. In Greece and on holiday, over 6 sunny days practice your skills, refresh your theory and build sea miles under the supervision of a friendly skipper.

STEP 3  – Only for those guests who are looking to go on a flotilla holiday in the future. There is the option of a further quick assessment with the IYT which can lead to a Flotilla Skipper or ICC qualification.

Have a 2nd week in Greece

Many guests enjoy a 2nd week ashore sailing dinghies and windsurfers at our Lixouri Bay Beach Club or Villa Club – either before the week on the yachts or afterwards.

Mooring stern to the quay in Lixouri

Arrival Day

  • Transfer time from the airport to our yacht base is about 50 mins. Our yachts are ready for boarding at approx. 3pm on your arrival day. You’ll be met by our local staff on the pontoon. After a short briefing about living on board, safety and the local town we leave you to relax and sort your things out. You have the option of going to the local beach, a nearby swimming pool or just relaxing on the boat. The actual sailing starts the following day at 9am.

Yacht sailing along towing tender

During the week

  • Your skipper is onboard for the duration for that peace of mind, but they do hop off every evening so you have your privacy. We start at about 9am and mornings are generally spent in the harbour having a go at leaving the mooring and returning safely, and more importantly confidently in a variety of different situations. Picking up a buoy and coming alongside.
  • We then set off under sail to find spots for lunch, normally a picnic on anchor at a secluded beach or stunning bay. Plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling and we try anchoring too. The afternoon is spent practicing sailing techniques under the guidance of your skipper as the breeze generally picks up nicely. We usually return to our base at approx. 3-4pm.  A quick de-brief of the day and chat through some sailing theory including basic engine checks, rope work and emergency equipment for attracting attention including VHF skills (mayday). Then it’s time for a well deserved beer,  a swim at the beach or just flop by the pool at our nearby beach club.
  • We explore numerous bays and beaches throughout the week in and around the wonderful gulf of Argostoli, and you’ll get the chance to spend some nights (weather permitting) on anchor to really enjoy those incredible Greek stars and experience that wonderful feeling of adventure!

Bavaria 32 yacht moored in harbour

DEPARTURE DAY

  • The yachts need to be vacated at 10 am (no later) so we can prepare them for the next arrivals at 3pm!! We’ll arrange transfers for those heading home and those setting off for a 2nd weeks sailing or at the beach club.
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Yacht options

We have a great range of yachts available to suit you and your budget. It’s our own small fleet of 6 yachts, incredibly well maintained and immaculately presented on arrival with a yacht and safety briefing and a handy starter pack to get you going.

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Bavaria 32 l

Sleeps: 5 max

Man, woman and two teenagers sailing on a yacht in Greece. The yacht has sails up and is sailing along.

Bavaria 36 l

Sleeps: 6 max

Who’s it for ?

No previous sailing experience required, but a little in dinghies or yachts can help. Our popular Introduction to Yacht Sailing holidays are great for beginner sailors looking for a flotilla style holiday with a knowledgeable skipper onboard. It’s a great “first step” towards our popular flotilla holidays.

Out of school holiday periods we have friends and couples, and during the school holiday periods are yachts are full with families having fun together on the water.

Food

Experience the Sailing… and the food!

No holiday to Greece is complete without the mouth-watering food available! In the many cafes, restaurants and tavernas in the local area, you can enjoy classic Greek kitchen dishes, seasonal salads, mind-blowing tomatoes and freshly grilled sardines, pork chops and club sandwiches. All very reasonably priced too!

Did you know that there are 48 varieties of grape grown locally in Kefalonia? You can also enjoy some very fine internationally recognised wines to try, along with some fantastic Hellenic beers, there’s plenty to enjoy.

For our Introduction to Sailing holidays, no meals are included in the holiday price.

Just moments from our marina base In Lixouri you’ll find everything you need for a week of sailing including mini-marts, a supermarket, some fantastic local bakeries and numerous local cafes and restaurants! We have some suggestions for you to try on your holiday!

Breakfast

Why not wander along to the town square and grab a fresh coffee and a pastry before you set sail? The bakery at the back of the square is our favourite!

Lunches

On your sailing days, pick up some provisions for an onboard picnic. You’ll find deli meats and cheese available locally as well as freshly made bread from the bakery too, or just head for the supermarket where you’ll find all the above under one roof. Don’t forget, you’ll need to provide lunch for your skipper on the days they are onboard with you.

On your chartwork and theory refresh day (normally day 4), you can purchase lunch at the beach club taverna should you wish to. A full lunch menu is available from 12.30pm – 3pm. There is a wide selection of dishes on our menu from healthy salads to club sandwiches and light bites plus daily specials. Vegetarian and Vegan options are available too.

Post sailing snack

Crisps, chocolate and ice cream are available from street vendors and local shops, or for our top pick stop by I-Scream Ice cream parlour on the left-hand side of the town square – you won’t be disappointed!

Evening meals in Lixouri

With the town square and main seafront pretty much on the doorstep, there are many, many options to choose from. There are a number of options along the seafront, around the town square as well as through the back streets.

Instead of a sit-down meal, you can always pick up a gyros and take it back to your yacht. Pizza Paradiso serves up fantastic takeaway pizza too.

If you don’t fancy heading out for the evening, there are cooking facilities on board your yacht should you wish to enjoy a meal on board.

Exploring meal options further afield, you can enjoy a sunset meal at one of the best beaches in Kefalonia: Petani beach and taverna  “Erasmia“. Only a 20 – 25 minute taxi ride from Lixouri this place is incredible – get there early for a swim and settle down for a wonderful eating experience.

In the local area

Evening Meals in Argostoli or at anchor

  • If you spend a night in Argostoli harbour, you’ll have plenty of evening meal options available just a short walk from your yacht. Wander along the seafront and see what takes your fancy!
  • If you have a night at anchor, you can either take provisions for an evening meal on board or row to shore for a rustic taverna meal on a beach.
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Getting there

Our yacht base in Lixouri is quick and easy to get to, with a reasonable flight time of 3hrs from the UK and many regional departure airport options direct to Kefalonia airport. The transfer is approximately 60 minutes.

Thursday changeover day

Transfers

Transfers are not included but can be easily arranged via our website. Bookings are made with our recommended transfer partner, Kefalonia Taxi Transfers.

On arrival in Kefalonia airport make your way to the arrivals gate exit and your pre-booked taxi will be there ready and waiting for you. It’s a 60 minute journey to our yacht base in Lixouri.

FAQs

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Do I have to complete the online assessment before doing the course in Kefalonia?

If you intend to come away with an ICC it is essential you register with the IYT and complete the online learning pre-holiday.

It takes approximately 10 hours to complete the theory which can be completed in sections (we recommend 5 sessions of 2 hours each).

Are there any other assessments on the holiday?

Yes, there is a multiple-choice test that must be taken and passed if you intend to gain your ICC.

What is it like living on-board?

It’s like a floating caravan with similar self-catering mod cons. There are 3 separate cabins, hot and cold water, hob cooker and toilet/shower (don’t expect a Swiss Spa). We do provide toilet/shower facilities ashore for your comfort. These are shared with the other guests taking part on the Learn to Sail course.

Do we share the boat with anyone else?

No, you have your own boat to yourselves  – this is our policy.  You will have your own exclusive skipper who does not live on board with you either. They hop off the boat at the end of the day, for your own privacy. 

If you are on a singles holiday and have requested to live onboard – you may be sharing the boat (but not a cabin) with another person.

The shore facilities at the marina are shared

Do you have to be as ‘strong as an ox’ to sail a yacht?

No. As long as you have basic mobility and average strength then you’ll be fine. We’ve had a few septuagenarians out before who have had a fabulous time!

We have children. Will there be enough for them to do?

In school holiday periods we have lots of families with children of all ages on our holidays. It’s a great atmosphere on and off the water and the children love it, plus they learn something new. We focus the course on you as a family group, giving all the children jobs but we are flexible as we understand it is a holiday after all. We keep the days fairly short (10 – 4.30 ish) and always have a good hour and a half for swimming at lunch on anchor. 

How old do you have to be to do the ICC / Crew certificate?

You must be 16 years old or over in order to complete your ICC.

You must be 14 years old or over in order to complete you Competent Crew Certificate

There are absolutely no exceptions to these rules!

Do all the crew have to do ICC?

No – Only those of you that would like to obtain their qualifications. Otherwise, you can sit back and enjoy the view

I can’t swim

Do not panic our skippers are fully qualified and very very safety conscious! They will look after you, but we highly recommend you wear a buoyancy aid/life jacket whilst on board your yacht.

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