Saturday, January 21, 2012

SPRING DATES AND NEWS UPDATE



     ATHENS SAILING ACADEMY

 JANUARY 19TH 2012       WWW.ATHENSSAILINGACADEMY.COM   



Hello and Happy New year to all our students and colleagues

The summer is now long gone and winter is starting to settle in. It’s time to think about warm sunny days and sailing in the blue waters of the Aegean . This coming summer the school has lots going on,

                        i.         New programs and a new yacht for novices to learn their basic sailing skills.
                       ii.         There are 2 opportunities for crews to join races in the Aegean and a Whitbread 60 that will allow students to experience sailing at high speeds 20 knts +..
                     iii.         Plus we have all the usual programs of mile builders and advanced sailing for offshore experience. 

Details are all below


  •     Racing in the Aegean Rally in July and then a trip North to Lesvos to Explore the Northern Islands followed by a fun race back to the Cyclades in the Aegean Regatta. Students who want to join the crew and learn about racing as well as see the Northern Greek islands can take advantage of our all-inclusive packages for the 2 racing yachts.

  •    Last Easters mile building cruise was a huge success a short video is available here  :-.. http://youtu.be/CCMFreqkqyc  .. The plan is to do it again, the yacht ‘K3’  will leave the dock APRIL 15TH    Cost/10 Days (€1500/person) for a first sail into the Aegean,2012. The Route will be chosen by crew. 4 berths left call send email to reserve your place. SEND ME INFORMATION 

  •     Our 10 Day BBS, Novice to Bare boat course has been updated and adjusted, the 10 day course  now include 3 days of small boat handling, how small do you ask ?..We have a new Farr 25 Keel Dinghy, as well as access to 29 ft small day cruisers.






SPRING  2012 CLASS SCHEDULE

APRIL 15 - 25 CAPTAINS OPEN CRUISE AND EASTER MILE BUILDER  10 DAYS NORMALLY € 1800 A PERSON, BUT WITH THIS  EMAIL DISCOUNTED TO  €1500/PERSON

MAY 5- 14   NOVICE TO BAREBOAT SKIPPER 10 DAYS  €1700/PERSON

MAY 18- 27   NOVICE TO BAREBOAT SKIPPER 10 DAYS €1700/PERSON

JUNE 2- 11   NOVICE TO BAREBOAT SKIPPER 10 DAYS €1700/PERSON

JUNE 16-25   NOVICE TO BAREBOAT SKIPPER 10 DAYS €1700/PERSON

JULY 1- 8 . .  YACHT CREW TRAINING WEEK     7 DAYS   €1200/PERSON
  



SO THAT YOU DO NOT FORGET WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR
SAILING SCHOOL COURSES AND OUR CRUISES :-
  • The yacht with all her sailing and safety equipment, also included :- 220volt Generator, Zodiac + Out board, Snorkel and fishing gear.
  • Full time Captain / instructor. 3 Days sailing and personnel instruction on a Beneteau25ft sport yacht.
  • All course materials, books, log books, examination fees and ASA registration for a year.
  • All Linens, Towels, Blankets etc... (Beach Towels not included)
  • Full Breakfast , Full Lunch on board, plus Snacks during the day, Bottled water, Soft drinks, Juices etc
  • All Fuel costs during your cruise, all fresh water and ice as needed for the cruise
  • Harbour Fees, Marina Fees, Local taxes, Yacht Insurance, plus charter contract taxes
  • Cleaning Fee at the end of your charter















































This summer we have arranged to have 2 competitive race yachts available for students to crew on and learn how to ocean race on either of the 2 seasons Aegean race weeks. We have 2 yachts that will challenge you as crew. A Whitbread 60 that will get you to the finish in record time, as well as our school racing ketch. Each event is fully covered and paid for, that means all you have to bring is your tooth brush and foul weather gear. Varied crew positions are available from mainsail trimmers to bow men to hoist and work the fore deck. Training/instruction will be available prior to the racing.
Follow the link below to see details and costs for these events           Read More>>
    



EASTER SPRING MILE BUILDING CRUISE

Last years cruise was a huge success with over 400 miles sailed and 2 students advanced by taking and passing their 106 exam. The yacht sailed from Athens over to the Dodecanese and visited  Leros and Patmos before returning to Athens via Naxos and Kithonos.  The weather was everything, from glorious sunny warm days to full gale conditions and blue skies.             

This year we will be leaving a little later in April to try and avoid some of the early spring rough weather.  K3 will leave the dock form Athens April 15th and return April 25th . The itinerary will be open to the crew, and weather of course. There are 6 berths available and if you book with this letter it we will honour a 25% discount off the regular rate of €1800, that’s    €450 saving…




Our 10 day Novice to bareboat course has been a success now for many . It is a convenient way for clients to get certified so that they can charter a yacht in some of the glourious locations around the world. For the last few years we have used a combination of on hands sailing on a 57 ft yacht and class room style teaching (book learning) to teach our students. One of our concerns has been the lack of small boat sailing that we would have liked to introduce the students too. Learning to sail on a big comfortable sailing platform like a 57 ft yacht is fine . What was lacking was that seat of the pants sailing that all dinghy sailors go though and teaches students more gently about  what can go wrong during a sailing manoeuvre as well as build confidence  with the student in their sail handling ability.
In order to make sailing for our novice students easier we have purchased a 25 ft Farr designed school teaching yacht. This yacht was designed specifically to help teach young sailors the basic’s of sailing before moving on to bigger yachts .       The little yacht will be based on Poros Island. After leaving Athens on the main teaching yacht you will moor in the Poros bay and the new yacht will moor alongside and be available for 3 days of intense sailing practice in and around the island of Poros.

As well as the Farr 25 sailing dinghy we will also have a smaller 28ft cabin cruiser available to be used for practice.
This little cabin cruiser is designed to help the student gain confidence in manoeuvring under power, as well as help him practice sailing in confined areas, like river estuaries, and crowded marinas. The small cruiser is also a good yacht to practice Med style mooring to the quay.
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All the best

Jonathan







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