Yachts moored at anchor with mountain backdrop

West Coast Flotilla

Location
Kefalonia, Greece
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Season
June & Sept
Accommodation type
Yacht
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Fly to Kefalonia/60 min transfer
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About our West Coast Flotilla Holiday

Our West Coast Flotilla in Kefalonia is a one-way trip, run twice a year, sailing from Lixouri to Sami (June) or Sami to Lixouri (September). If you’ve previously been on one of our other flotillas, this holiday is not to be missed, with the opportunity to see a different area of Kefalonia.

Like our other flotilla weeks, it’s a small and friendly affair with only a few boats on the holiday, all of which are part of our well-maintained flotilla fleet! You’re also joined by our brilliant flotilla skipper and first mate who provide lead boat support.

As we sail along the coast, there will be nights spent at anchor in some beautiful and secluded locations. The other evenings you’ll be accommodated in a harbour with tavernas and restaurants aplenty.

If you’re interested in joining this flotilla, but don’t have a yachting qualification, then spend a week with us on an Introduction to Sailing holiday, where you’ll receive expert tuition and practical training to gain an internationally recognised qualification

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Yacht moored at anchor at sunset
Older men sat conversing around restaurant table in Lixouri Square, Kefalonia
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Yachts Moored stern-to on a harbourside

What’s included?

  • 7 nights on board, 6 days sailing
  • An itinerary that includes the west coast and Ionian
  • Private fully equipped yacht, bed linen and starter pack
  • Support of lead yacht and crew
  • Comprehensive yacht briefing on arrival
  • Up to date charts, pilot books, guides
  • Yacht cleaning at end
  • Complimentary yacht phone
  • Daily weather updates & advice
  • Tender

The highlights

  • Our own flotilla (we’re not agents)
  • Stunning Ionian islands
  • Small flotilla fleet 7 yachts
  • Friendly lead crew
  • FREE SUP
  • Off the beaten track route
  • Beautiful harbours
  • Easy short hops
  • No tides and light/moderate breezes
  • Just enough freedom

About Kefalonia & the Ionian islands

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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HOLIDAY DETAILS

Dates & Prices

Dates

Early June and again late September – exact dates to be announced soon.

What’s included?

  • Fully equipped yacht, bed linen and comprehensive starter pack
  • 7 nights on board, 6 days sailing
  • Comprehensive arrival yacht briefing/practice sessions
  • Daily weather updates and advice
  • Up to date charts, pilot books, guides
  • Support of a lead crew
  • Tender with oars
  • Stand up paddle board
  • Yacht cleaning at end
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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 7 yachts, well maintained and immaculately presented on arrival with a yacht and safety briefing and a handy starter pack to get you going.

Side of boat with model name "Bavaria 36"

Bavaria 36

Sleeps: 6 max

White sailing yacht sailing on the sea

Bavaria 37

Sleeps: 7 max

Bavaria 39

Sleeps: 7 max

rear of yacht moored in harbour with a yacht either side of it

Dufour 385 Grand Large

Sleeps: 7 max

Sailing yacht moored stern-to on a harbourside

Cyclades 434

Sleeps: 9 max

Itinerary

Our West Coast Flotilla Route

June: Lixouri to Sami

Lixouri is a classic Greek town and home to our Introduction to Sailing base. Come the evening, the town square and waterfront are bustling with tourists and locals dining al fresco at the restaurants and cafes. Close by our yacht marina are plenty of supermarkets, so there are plenty of places where you can stock up.

If all goes to plan, you’ll arrive to our Flotilla yacht base in Sami on day 5 leaving plenty of options for free sailing on Day 6. Sami is a short trip down the coast, or you could opt to drop anchor at one of the quiet beaches dotted coast in between.

Approx 45 – 50 min transfer from the airport to Lixouri either by direct taxi OR a taxi and a ferry

September: Sami to Lixouri

Sami is a lovely little harbour town with excellent facilities, a perfect place to prepare for a weeks flotilla sailing holiday. Our Flotilla yacht base is located right on the quayside where you’ll also find lots of restaurants and tavernas, plus a supermarket and a fab little bakery!

If all goes to plan, you’ll arrive at our Introduction to Sailing base in Lixouri on day 5 leaving plenty of options for free sailing on Day 6. There are plenty of pristine beaches within a short sailing distance of Lixouri, where you can enjoy a swim and some lunch before heading back to harbour.

Approx 50 – 60 min direct taxi transfer from the airport to Sami

Ionian Flotilla

Itinerary

The Central Ionian Flotilla starts and finishes in Sami, Kefalonia. A classic 1 week route exploring numerous islands, anchorages and harbours. Most legs are short with the opportunity to anchor for lunch along the way and grab a peaceful night on anchor (weather permitting). Loads to see, places to eat, drink and swim.

Arrival Day ThursdaySami, Kefalonia
1st dayPolis Bay, Ithaka
2nd daySivota, Lefkas
3rd dayKalamos, Kalamos
4th dayVathi, Meganissi
5th dayVathi, Ithaka
6th daySami, Kefalonia
Departure Day ThursdaySami, Kefalonia
Itinerary subject to change

two yachts and other boats moored stern-to to a harbour wall in Sami, Kefalonia in Greece.

Arrival Day

  • Transfer time from the airport to our yacht base in SAMI is about 1 hour. Our yachts are ready for boarding at 3pm on arrival day. Our team will be on the quayside to meet you. After a short briefing about living on board, safety and the local town you’ll be left 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. Everything begins the next morning at about 10am.

Yachts anchored in the Ionian near Fiscardo

Day 1 (12NM): 

  • We’re northbound with a short hop up the strait between Kefalonia and Ithaca. It’s the first day on the water and we spend time practising mooring techniques and boat familiarisation.
  • Our destination is Polis Bay, a stunning, secluded bay on the North West corner of Ithaca. After mooring up on long lines, there’s a walk to the nearby taverna and some stunning views of the bay.

Yachts moored on the quay in the Greek harbour

Day 2 (12NM):

  • We continue North and sail up to Sivota on the south-east coast of Lefkas island. Verdant hillsides join seamlessly with rocky coves and sandy bays to create a picture postcard setting. The harbour is beautiful, with a small flotilla of colourful local fishing boats found lining the shore. Shops, tavernas, cafes and mini markets are all close by.

Aerial view of yachts on the quay in Kalamos

Day 3 (16nm):

  • Kalamos is probably our favourite little place in the Ionian. Honestly, time has stood still here. An abundance of bays to anchor in along the way, perfect for snorkelling and exploring. Stern to on the quay if there’s space, if not a long line ashore. Grab a beer and watch the yachts coming in with the brilliant harbour master “George” taking charge!

Small harbor in the Greek Ionian islands

Day 4 (14nm):

  • A really easy day today. A short sail around Kalamos and then head North West, towards the captivating little harbour of Vathi on Meganisi island. Pastel-coloured houses huddle on the clifftop overlooking the deep blue bay below – where you happen to be moored up. Wander around the old harbour and village and discover another world and some brilliant tavernas. Great swimming, great food and quite simply heaven on earth. You’ll never want to leave here.

Busy harbour in Greece

Day 5 (24nm):

  • We head South today, sailing from one Vathi to another: Vathi Ithaca – the home of Odysseus in Greek mythology. Once in Vathi, there is plenty to see with a gorgeous harbourfront area to explore.

Kefalonia island harbour of Sami

Day 6 (18nm):

  • The last leg of our flotilla today as we return back to Sami with a nice easy run past the southern tip of Ithaca. If there is time on route, Antisamos beach is well worth a stop.
  • Check out is by 10am the following morning. Our local team can assist with arranging onward travel.

Qualifications required

What qualifications do I need?

To join our West Coast Flotilla you will need a qualified skipper on board and a competent crew member. The ICC ( International Certificate of Competence ) is probably the best ticket to have as it is widely recognised by the authorities here on the islands. This or the Day Skipper practical certificates are the minimum required.

Never sailed before?

We offer a pre-flotilla training week for beginners where you can gain an ICC as part of the holiday, have a look at our Introduction to Sailing holidays.

Need to Renew your Certificates?

Renewing your certificates is a relatively simple process, however, it can take up to 6 weeks, so please allow plenty of time before your holiday in order to do this, bearing in mind that our staff will need to see copies of your certificates at least two weeks before you travel.

1. Email support@iytworld.com with the following:

  • State that you wish to revalidate your certificate (so they know how to proceed once they receive your email)
  • Provide your IYT ID number (provided to you after creating a profile when you originally completed your certificate)
  • Scan and attach a copy of the existing certificate you wish to revalidate

2. An order and invoice will be created in their system and emailed to you for payment. A payment link will be included which will allow you to make payment securely online via credit card or PayPal.

3. Once you have completed your payment, the order will be reviewed, processed, and shipped.

Note: The current fee for a renewal is $125.00 plus shipping (airmail is free but not traceable, courier fee varies by location). It can take up to six weeks for them to complete the processing/shipment

Food

Experience the Sailing… and the food!

You’ll experience some amazing Greek food whilst on a flotilla, from classic Greek kitchen dishes cooked by local chefs, seasonal salads, mind-blowing tomatoes and freshly grilled sardines, pork chops and club sandwiches – the food in Kefalonia and the other Ionian Islands on a flotilla holiday is delicious and very reasonably priced.

When it comes to wine, there are 48 varieties of grape grown locally and some very fine internationally recognised wines to try, along with some fantastic Hellenic beers, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Wander along from your mooring and you’ll be sure to find coffee and fresh pastries for breakfast, plus pop into one of the great little mini-markets to stock up your yacht fridge for some lunchtime treats on anchor somewhere.

Both our yacht baseS in Sami and in Lixouri have an excellent selection of mini-markets, bakeries and other shops available for buying provisions at the start of your flotilla week. If you happen to be in Lixouri, be sure to pay a visit to I-Scream Ice cream parlour on the left-hand side of the town square – you won’t be disappointed!

Evening Meals

Part of the joy of Flotilla Sailing is sitting down to a Greek feast at the end of a fantastic day of sailing. For the first evening, we arrange a group meal at a local restaurant (not included in the holiday price) and then for the rest of the evenings, the choice is yours.

Whether you’re moored at anchor and rowing to shore to a beachside taverna or simply stepping onto the harbourside, your Flotilla Skipper and 1st Mate will let you know the best options for where to eat. In the busier harbours, there’ll be many fantastic options to choose from. In the quieter locations, it might be just one or two.

For some of our harbour stops, there will be the option of a complimentary mooring for dining in a particular restaurant, but you are still free to eat where you like!

In the local area

Here are some options to check out in the local area:

  • A sunset meal at one of the best beaches in the Greek islands is also a must. Petani beach and taverna “Erasmia“. Only a 15 – 20 minute taxi ride from the club this place is incredible – get there early for a swim and settle down for a wonderful eating experience.
  • Head into town and Lixouri square, 5 – 10 minutes in a taxi from the club (1 taxi for 4 people is ~€10 one way). A wonderful place to watch the world go by with countless cafes, tavernas and bars. Whatever you do, don’t miss the best ice cream in the world at “I-Scream” – it’s divine and we love it!
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Getting there

Our yacht bases in Lixouri and Sami on Kefalonia are 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. Transfer is approximately 70 minutes.

Thursday changeover day

Transfers

Arrival transfers are not included but can be arranged through our website.

On arrival in Kefalonia airport make your way to the arrivals gate exit, you’ll see our representive and Beyondbeach sign. It’s a 70 min transfer by private taxi or minibus to the yacht base.

FAQs

Drop us a line if you can’t find your answer…

What qualifications do we need to be able to go on Flotilla?

We require a minimum IYT Flotilla Skipper, RYA Day Skipper Practical, or an (ICC) or equivalent experience as skipper of a similar size boat in tidal or non-tidal waters. If you have never sailed in the Med before we strongly recommend our refresher course (staff availability dependent) to go over specific harbour and mooring techniques used here or take our ICC test out here in Greece.

Where does the flotilla depart from and return to?

This depends on which route you are sailing. If you are sailing in June, you will sail from Lixouri, Kefalonia to Sami Kefalonia.

If you are sailing in September, you will sail from Sami, Kefalonia to Lixouri, Kefalonia

Both harbours have easy access to a local beach plus within walking distance there are plenty of tavernas and restaurants as well as supermarkets for getting provisions.

What extra costs are there when we are out in Greece?

Flights to and from the UK, transfers, and personal expenditure.

The following must be paid in Greece:

  • (For yachts 38 foot or under) Non refundable damage waiver of £99 per yacht per week paid as part of you final balance
  • (For yachts over 38 foot) a £2,000 / 2,330€ Yacht Security Deposit per yacht
  • Fuel used (approx 70€ euros per week),
  • Mooring fees (approx 30€

What is the deposit/damage waiver for?

For yachts 38 foot or under on flotilla:

There is a non-refundable damage waiver of £99 per yacht per week. This helps cover the excess premium that we take out with our marine insurance company and means that you are not liable for any big bill at the end of the week. The waiver is payable as part of your final balance.

For yachts over 38 foot on Flotilla:

There is a refundable security deposit of £2,000 which is to cover any loss or damage to the yacht whilst under charter. It covers the excess premium that we have by our marine insurance companies. This can be paid by cash or credit card

How much does it cost to moor each night?

Not a lot. Only Sami (on Kefalonia) uses a tariff system that can cost approx 8-10 euros a night. Other places are normally only a few euros if anything.

How much is yacht fuel each week?

We charge fuel at the pump rate when re filling at the end of the charter. This has varied dramatically over the last few years and is approximately €1.5 per litre.

Do you supply charts and pilot books etc?

Yes, we supply the relevant charts and local pilot books for you. However, many guests bring their own as a keep sake. (Ours tend to get dropped in the water 100s of times.)

What about yacht cleaning at the end of the week, bed linen and towels?

Yacht cleaning is included in the holiday price, along with yacht linen. We do not provide towels.

Is there a hairdryer on board?

There are no hairdryers on any of our yachts, so you will need to bring your own. Please note that you will only able to use your hairdryer when it is plugged into a mains socket in a building. The shore power connection for our yachts is normally low voltage, so a high power item like a hairdryer can blow the fuses for the entire pontoon!

How much is the transfer to the yacht base in Sami?

Taxi prices can be found on our Transfer Booking Page.

How many people can a taxi take?

All taxis are licensed for 4 passengers, no exceptions. For larger parties, you will need to take either 2 taxis or a small minibus.

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