7 Things to Know Before Planning Your Sailing Charter

Lauren's avatar By Lauren
DESTINATION:
21 Jan 16

So you have decided to embark on that sailing trip you have always dreamed about. You have everything you need, some friends to join you, a destination in sight and the holiday dates marked in the calendar. Now you all need to do is find a yacht, right?

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Cruising Greece in style

Lauren's avatar By Lauren
DESTINATION: Mediterranean
18 Dec 15

Island hopping in Greece is a dream for many. Yet the reality of it isn’t such a dream, especially if you do the traditional way, by ferry; Waiting at ferry terminals in scorching heat, fighting through pushy crowds and being herded like cattle with your luggage to get on and off ferries, long stints on uncomfortable boats…doesn’t sound so dreamy does it!!?

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Fancy a beach house in New Caledonia?

Lauren's avatar By Lauren
DESTINATION: South Pacific
16 Dec 15

A catamaran is like a beach house on the sea; but you don’t have to drive to it, park the car, drag all the stuff down to the beach, and survive the blowing sand and maddening crowds!

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First time around the Chesapeake - America’s Sailing Capital

DESTINATION: Americas
26 Oct 15

My first impressions of Chesapeake Bay finally morphed on a grey day with a 20 knot north easterly breeze rolling the tops off the small waves as we powered down our south easterly course. The shores on both sides were flat and low. Departure on our 30 mile passage to Oxford had been delayed by the threat of Hurricane Joaquin so Chesapeake had not been scoring big accolades, except of course for the sail. The following day however, dawned bright blue and calm, and the bay started registering points a plenty.

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Our thoughts on Turkey

Lauren's avatar By Lauren
DESTINATION: Mediterranean
15 Oct 15

Turkey is a country we have lovingly explored for many years. We’ve discovered mind bending tales of yesteryear, told through sunken ruins, ancient amphitheaters and fairy chimneys. We’ve experienced the diversity of offerings in each unique town, listened to the melodious Adhan ringing from the minarets of mosques, and devoured the food. And let’s not forget the wonderful, hospitable Turks who welcome us and the hordes of Aussies that we bring with us every year. It’s a country that we will continue to travel to as long we can.

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How to survive strong wind sailing in the Greek Meltemi

DESTINATION: Mediterranean
03 Oct 15

You might be able to navigate well in foreign seas and you might have experience in strong wind sailing at home, but it can be unnerving to have to deal with a wind like the Meltemi in a place you are not familiar with. Can you depend on local advice in a situation like this? Are the forecasts accurate? What can you do to make the experience easier?

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