The popularity of adventure sailing holidays in Greece is on the rise, and it's not hard to see why. Chartering your own yacht gives you the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the mainland. You can spend your days exploring islands and bays that are only accessible by sea and spend your nights anchored under the stars. Sounds ideal, doesn't it? However, the logistics of a sailing holiday are understandably different, so those looking to don their captain's hat this summer should consider the following points in order to make the most of your holiday at sea.

Sailing Holiday

The type of holiday

Your own skills and desires will determine the type of sailing holiday that is right for you and your family. Experienced sailors who want to go at their own pace - and have the qualifications to prove their abilities - may opt for a bareboat charter holiday where they are responsible for sailing the yacht and choosing their own schedule. Those who want this freedom but are less confident with their sailing ability may benefit from a skippered charter where an experienced skipper accompanies you and guides you whilst improving your own sailing skills at the same time. Crewed yachts and flotilla holidays are also popular for those who want a more sociable trip.

The destination

Adventure sailing holidays in Greece are extremely popular because the area is made up of a collection of unique and diverse islands steeped in history and culture. Other areas of the Mediterranean also lend themselves well to sailing holidays for the same reason. Ultimately, you want an area where there will be plenty of potential for tendering and stop-offs so you can disembark and explore.

Safety and guidance

Before setting sail, you will be given a quayside briefing by the skipper and engineer. This will cover essential safety information along with other aspects of the boat and your holiday. It's important to take note of everything. A life jacket and harness will be available for everyone on board, and contact can easily be made with those on land in the unlikely event that you should run into difficulties.

What is included?

Knowing what's included on board your ship is important when it comes to preparation. Larger yachts include basic living essentials such as linen, crockery and cleaning materials. Some electrical appliances, such as hairdryers, might be prohibited because they can interfere with the yacht battery. Keep in mind that the drinking water tanks on your boat will gradually dwindle and you may need to fill them up in port.

Seasickness

On choppier days, those who experience ill effects from the motion of the ocean can really suffer. Seasickness is a surefire way to ruin everyone's day, so come prepared with anti-nausea medication or sea-bands. These nifty wristbands have a plastic ball sewn into them that is designed to stabilise your pulse and balance, thus relieving the disorientation experienced from seasickness. It's a small thing that can have a big effect on your wellbeing and will lead to you having a spectacular holiday.