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Two Week Placement Flotillas

Two Week Placement Flotillas

Two Week Placement Flotillas Overview

During the winter, most of our yachts are wintered in Gouvia Marina, Corfu, where they receive comprehensive maintenance and cosmetic attention. At the end of April all the yachts are sailed to their summer bases and these trips are known as ‘delivery’ or ‘shakedown’ cruises.

Why choose a placement flotilla?

This is an unbeatable time of year to visit the Greek Islands...enjoy bays, harbours and whole quaysides to yourselves! These are also fortuitously the most affordable times of year to enjoy a sailing holiday. Prices start from as little as £595 per person (including flights and transfers). Or why not splash out on a brand new boat for a little as £695 per person? Tempting stuff...

What's the weather like?

Generally lovely! These trips are a great way to sneak in some early summer sunshine (whilst the UK is still warming up!). These flotillas are incredibly popular with our keener sailors who like a little bit more wind. The weather is yet to settle into it's summer predictability in late April/early May and so good wind is more common. It is slightly cooler than peak summer months and you do risk a day or two of unsettled weather but it is generally around 20-25°c.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

Day 1, Flotilla starts in Gouvia

Travelling from North to South you begin at Gouvia Marina on Corfu Island. Here you will be met by our crew who will show you to your boat. After a quick look round it is time to sit down and relax at one of the many tavernas on offer, with a cold beer and bite to eat.

Days 2 - 6, North Ionian Highlights

From Corfu you will wend your way south via the delightful villages of Lakka and Gaios on Paxos Island. A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop (or two) in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island.

You may also stop on the Greek mainland at either Plataria or Mourtos where the sunsets out over Paxos are excellent.

A mainland stop in the Greek Town of Parga should not be missed, with its long sandy beach, buzzing promenade and the unbeatable choice of evening entertainment. This is also the home to one of our Shore to Sail options, the Salvator Spa Hotel. As the flotilla heads south, you may be able to enjoy a glorious sunset in the small harbour of Ligia, or a night at anchor in Two Rock Bay.

Historic Vonitsa inside the Gulf of Amvrakia may also be included on this route.

Day 7, Through the Lefkas Canal

After going through the Lefkas Bridge, Lefkas town awaits with its marvellous Greek atmosphere. An evening cappuccino in the square is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. An alternative option to the town quay is an optional stay in Lefkas marina with impressive showers and a pool in which you can cool off (worth it if you don’t mind forking out – this is the only marina on the trip).

Days 8 - 13, South Ionian Highlights

In the South Ionian you will visit a few of our old favourites as well as quieter spots (which we love as they remind us of what flotillas used to be like 30 years ago)!

Kastos and Kalamos are two such places that make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The quaint harbours, with just a couple of tavernas and crystal clear waters make the absence of modern amenities well worth it!

The larger islands of Kefalonia and Ithaka are also on the agenda – and the channel between the two islands offers terrific afternoon breezes for those seeking a little extra wind.

Days 14 - 15, Finishing in Sivota

Your final night stop will be at the charming village of Sivota which nestles in a sheltered natural inlet at the southern end of Lefkas Island (for Sunday to Sunday dates OR Agia Euphemia for Saturday to Saturday dates).

The lead crew will arrange a final night dinner where you can enjoy the company of your fellow sailors one final time before heading home!

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