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. These shorter placement flotillas travel from Corfu down to Lefkas, Preveza or Plataria in May and do the return trip in October.
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. Tempting stuff...
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.
After arriving at Preveza, a short transfer through the hills of Lefkas Island will bring you to our southern base at Sivota or Nidri. Here you will be met by our crew who will introduce you to your boat and show you around. Then it is time to sit back and relax with a cold drink and sample some of the best food the Ionian Islands has to offer in one of the many quayside tavernas.
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.
Before 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).
From the Lefkas Canal you will wend your way North via the harbour of Ligia, or a night at anchor on Two Rock Bay.
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.
The next few days are spent exploring the delightful villages of Lakka and Giaos on Paxos Island. A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop (or two) in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island.
Depending on the weather you may head further up north and explore the fishing villages on the mainland as well as Corfu town.
Your final night stop will be in Gouvia Marina on Corfu Island. Marina facilities such as showers, marina shops and cafe's are just a short walk from the boats.
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!
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
The Iris Hotel has been a popular choice for flotilla sailors for many years. This accommodation option will fit in with any of our flotillas starting and finishing on Lefkas Island. The hotel itself is a small family run hotel located close to Nidri Town. It has a combination of studio rooms for two or three people and apartments that can sleep up to 4.
The Salvator Spa Hotel is perched in the hills above Parga town and is a slightly more luxurious offering. The rooms on offer range from the Deluxe Room for two people, up to the Superior 2 Room Villa for up to 6 people. The hotel itself has an excellent restaurant, pool and spa facilities and all villas come with their own private pool.
Our brand new villa in Sivota on Lefkas is exclusive to Sailing Holidays Ltd. Built with families and groups in mind, the 3 double bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms. Built into the hill the ground floor level comprises of the master bedroom, a large kitchen and living space. On the same level you will find a huge outdoor seating area and a private pool.
Thank you Sailing Holidays, this one week with your flotilla based at Sivota was my first time on a flotilla, and the first time sailing in the Mediterranean. I really enjoyed every minute.I was most impressed by the lead team, Jamie, Tom and Sam. who guided persuaded supported and encouraged the wide range of people on this flotilla from 16 to 76 year olds. They all had confidence yet relaxed manner coping with mooring us in overfilled Kalamos Harbour. Giving us a daily briefing including wind direction advice that the forecasters got completely wrong some days but it did not matter, we had a wonderful time. Thank you all.
We have done the Oct delivery and Northern Regatta quite a few times now, We have never had anything other than the best of times . The Lead crews are always great, even at the end of season . the flotilla crews are a mixed bunch of like minded people , some salty sea dogs some new sailors , every one has always made new friends and we all learn some new skills ;) Thanks to Barrie and his team for keeping the same guidelines for ever . It works so well . Cheers, Jon Erith YC . have a great Christmas and another Amazing New Year :0)