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Flotilla Sailing around the Greek Islands

Magazine article Sunset

Flotilla Sailing around the Greek Islands

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FLOTILLA SAILING LETS YOU pilot your own boat in unfamiliar waters with the assurance that a well-seasoned skipper and engineer are sailing nearby. It's an adventurous but relaxed way to travel around the Greek islands, the most popular spot for this kind of sailing. Trips generally last two weeks, including travel from the U.S. or a European city.

On some trips, boats sail together continuously. On others, you may break off for a while, then regroup.

Are you a fledgling skipper? Some trips are geared to beginners: you learn skills while bunking ashore for several days, then set sail. To skipper a boat owned by other outfitters, you need to be a competent sailor--at least in a similar craft.

Sailing groups generally consist of at least four people per boat, unless you pay a supplement. You can cook simple meals in your galley or dine ashore. All the boats are equipped with engines and radios.

You're under way from 3 to 6 hours a day, covering 10 to 30 miles. Though such wind-borne passage may sound idyllic, it isn't always: you might be becalmed and have to motor, it might rain, and food in island restaurants might not always be delicious or promptly served.

Sailing costs $50 to $220 a day per person, depending on dates and type of craft. Prices do not include air fare or food. The season is May through mid-October. The four companies we list have U.S. agents.

Falcon. Sails 12 boats off the Peloponnese, in the Ionian Sea and Saronic Gulf. Villa-Flotilla combines shore training with a week of sailing. Departures twice a week. Fly from London. Write to Si Smith Sailing in Greece, Box 11510, Aspen, Colo. 81612, or call (303) 925-8181.

G.P.S.C. Sails 6 to 10 boats around the Cyclades or Saronic islands. No instruction. Monthly departures, May through October. Frly from New York. Write to 600 St. Andrews Rd., Philadelphia 19118, or call (800) 732-6786.

Moorings. Sails 18 boats. One trip at the end of September. No instruction. Fly from New York. Sail the Saronic Gulf side of the Peloponnese. Write to 19345 U.S. Highway 19N, #402, Clearwater, Fla. 34624, or call (813) 535-1446 or (800) 535-7289.

Sunsail. Uses from 6 to 12 boats in Saronic Gulf and Ionian Sea, or around Dodecanese and Sporades. Five departures every week. Fly from either London or Manchester. Write to 2 Prospect Park, 3347 N.W. 55th St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309, or call (305) 484-5246 or (800) 327-2276 (reservations).



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