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Aegean Adventure Part 2

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 29 Nov 2019
Fishing boat in Arki Greece

Traci Ayris travelled with us on our Aegean Yacht Rally in 2019 and here is part two of her travels along the way. 

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Greek Gulet Flag Cruising

Trevor Joyce's avatar By Trevor Joyce | 24 Oct 2019
Aegean Schatz Gulet

The regulations governing yacht charter in Greece have changed and in future all commercial vessel operating in Greek waters has to have a Greek license to do so, which means they must fly a Greek flag. Unlicensed yachts can transit Greek ports but they cannot embark or disembark their passengers in a Greek port.
What's the solution? Read on to find out more

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The Coaching Cruise - a new version of the Mariner Boating cruising rally

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 24 Oct 2019
Sa Calabrera Mallorca

Mariner Boating Holidays has been creating and hosting yacht rallies for thirty years - mixing cruising with a little racing, structure with freedom, adventure, and exploration. Introducing new sailing venues in varied locations some firm favourites and some new each year. Seventy five percent of Mariner clients are repeat or referral.

Now they have combined with three of the leading sailing schools in Australia to offer aspiring sailors the opportunity to develop their skills while enjoying a fantastic sailing experience in a fascinating location. Mariner will add an RYA qualified instructor to the rally team to conduct coaching sessions on the water, a few theory sessions on the shore and offer free access to the coach during all of the two week rally around the Spanish Island of Majorca in Spain.  

 

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The Bodrum Dream Team

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 26 Sep 2019
Sarah Joyce in Bodrum Turkey

We recently hosted a private 50th birthday bash in Bodrum which included 7 sailing yachts and a luxury gulet. Sarah shares her encounter with the Bodrum Dream Team as they work together to deliver a great experience for our clients. 

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An Aegean Adventure

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 26 Sep 2019
Vathy

Traci Ayris travelled with us on our Aegean Yacht Rally in 2019 and has shared part one of her travels along the way. 
 

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Stockholm Archipelago by Catherine Hughes, Sweden Yacht Rally 2019

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 23 Aug 2019
sunset in Stockholm archipelago

Before we arrived in Stockholm my knowledge of Sweden was largely based on literature: children’s stories, Viking sagas, fairy tales and Nordic noir. That and the YouTube videos we’d watched before we left, which promised saunas on remote islands and warned of navigation hazards and strange anchoring styles. We found all of that, along with the warmest of welcomes everywhere we went, stunning scenery, excellent food, sidesplitting laughter and lasting friendships.

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What to expect on your first day of a yacht charter

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 22 Nov 2018

What does it truly mean when we talk about yacht check in procedures? The experience can be daunting but don't let that stop you from enjoying a fantastic sailing holiday. Maggie sheds light on the highs and lows of this process having done several each year for over 18 years straight. 

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When dancing spills onto streets

Maggie's avatar By Maggie | 30 Oct 2018
2 women dancing with musician in Greece

The town of Sami on Kefalonia is not at the top of the list of towns one would see, but we have had many wonderful evenings there. I still remember our first visit to a very fabulous restaurant, where we sat happily listening to two Greek musicians, one playing the traditional bouzouki and the other singing, weaving their story in song. Hypnotic tunes quickly drew everyone to the dance floor. 

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The Captain and Crew

Trevor Joyce's avatar By Trevor Joyce | 19 Oct 2018

Having experienced a crewed catamaran in New Caledonia recently, the great thing about having a professional Skipper and Hostess, is that they take care of everything! Read Trevors latest blog to find out what being on a crewed sailing holiday can be like. 

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Life on board a catamaran

Trevor Joyce's avatar By Trevor Joyce | 03 Oct 2018
Bali 4.5 Saloon dining area

Strangers to sail boats are sometimes intimidated by the prospect of living in confined spaces and being deprived of the creature comforts of home. This is our experience of staying aboard a Bali 4.5 sailing catamaran.

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The ever elusive Moose

Trevor Joyce's avatar By Trevor Joyce | 25 Sep 2018
Sandhamn harbour

The Stockholm Archipelago offers a maze of 23,000 islands with the waterways offering the best sailing I have ever experienced anywhere in the world ever; flat water, terrific breezes and any number of places to drop an anchor for a swim or lunch stop. Even the smallest towns have special Guest Harbours reserved for visitors and all of them offer excellent facilities onshore. Sometimes, however, the boys and the girls get mixed up but no one seems to care.
This was my third trip to Sweden over 4 years and the weather was terrific; this year even better than terrific but not Swedish typical we were told. We swam comfortably at 60° North latitude under clear blue skies!

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From Strangers to Friends

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 07 Jul 2018
Friends made on a shared sailing experience

Sharing a yacht with people you’ve never met opens you up to new cultures, opinions and conversations you just don’t generally experience on a regular basis in everyday life. And if you’re lucky, you might just make some lifelong friends as well. You’re sharing a unique sailing experience in a beautiful new country and it’s the kind of adventure that can’t help but bring people together.
What an experience. What a way to travel. Yes, I had been nervous. But I knew this had been one of the best experiences of my life.
 

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Getting the best out of your holiday yacht charter

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 08 May 2018
yacht hull and bow waves

We’re not just pulling our chain when we say we have been hand-picking charter yachts for over the 17 years. Early trips we did had as many as 20 vessels on them. We have tried and tested hundreds of charter operators all around the world, but ultimately, we keep coming back to a handful we trust. These operators are continually updating their charter fleets, and they have skilled staff who understand yachts, us, and our clients’ needs

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Tying the Knot, Croatian style

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 07 May 2018
love and marriage in Croatia

Stunning beaches, spectacular scenery, ancient towns, modern cafes and fascinating galleries: on the surface, Croatia has a lot to offer the visitor. But dig into Croatian culture for a deeper understanding of the people who call this beautiful country home, and you’ll soon realise Croatia is ‘more than just a pretty face’.

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Sailing: It’s the Little Things…

The Mariner Creative Team's avatar By The Mariner Creative Team | 07 May 2018
Sailing in a small group tour in the Aegean Greece

Travelling on water has always held a sense of romance and adventure, so it’s no surprise that Australians are huge fans of seafaring holidays. In fact, more than one million Australians choose to take a cruise every year. However, cruising isn’t the only way to experience the relaxing sea breeze and the gentle ebb and flow of the water beneath you. So, how does a sailing holiday compare to a cruise? 

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