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Crewed sailing yacht charter from Corfu
s/y Blue Planet
, Oceanis 461

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'Blue Planet' is a comfortable 46 foot (14m) sailing vessel made by Beneteau. She has four double cabins and one large double berth in the main saloon, with three of the cabins reserved for clients. There are two bathrooms with hot and cold showers and a fully fitted galley. For your safety she is also fitted with all the necessary navigational and safety equipment, including Radar, GPS navigation, life raft and life jackets etc.

sailing holidays in Greece
with Skipper from Corfu

The yacht is available for private charter - up to six guests on board plus skipper RYA yachtmaster, Rick Driscoll - or individual cabin charter for sailing cruises or learn to sail RYA courses.

Built in 1998 'Blue Planet' has spent time both in the Caribbean, and the Med. 'Blue Planet' was designed by the legendary Bruce Farr designer (amongst many other vessels), of Ellen Macarthur's round the world record winning.catamaran.
Because of her roomy hull design, and pedigree, 'Blue Planet' makes for a very comfortable cruising boat.

Accommodation

Her four Double cabin layout plus Large double saloon berth and two bathrooms with hot showers, means that a group of six people would share sleeping accommodation but after a day out in the sea and sun topped off by a hearty meal from one of the top local restaurants, I have never found that to be a problem.
Typically clients describe a night on board as 'I slept like a baby', or 'I have never slept so well'.

Saloon

Beneteau Oceanis 461 - further details

During our trips we like to encourage people to get involved in the sailing process, as many find this experience both rewarding and inspiring, however this is not compulsory.

There is nothing quite like a sail boat under full sail, it takes us back to a simpler time when life moved at a much slower pace. If we are lucky, nature provides us not only with a good breeze but also with spectacular shows such as the beautiful and sedate Giant Turtles, leaping Swordfish, and Dolphins who jump and cavort around us, we see this on a fairly regular basis and it is often a highlight of most peoples trip.

So whether you decide to join us on a Yoga trip or you simply want a yachting holiday with an experienced skipper, Blue Planet will take you on a relaxing and memorable trip.

skipper Rick

Your skipper

Your friendly skipper is Captain Rick Driscoll. He’s a fully qualified RYA Yachtmaster and RYA Cruising Instructor – which means he’s gone through the very highest levels of training – and he’s commercially endorsed by the British Department of Transport.

Rick is also reassessed by the UK’s Royal Yachting Association every 5 years (most recently in 2012), so you can be sure you’re in expert hands.But Rick is a captain with a difference, having also been in showbusiness for 35 years.

The lead singer in 1970s chart band "Kenny", he was also lead guitarist for Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Classix Nouveaux, and Alison Moyet (he also co-wrote for Alison’s multi-platinum album “Raindancing”).

Rick still works with music in the winter season, but come summer he’s out doing what he loves – sailing in the glorious Greek sunshine and sharing the experience with his clients. He describes it as the perfect antidote to the hectic world of entertainment.

Rick’s friendliness, dry wit, sense of fun, love of good food and passion for sailing all help to create a joyously exhilarating holiday or sailing course that you’ll be talking about for years.

Sightseeing

The last day (normally Sunday) will take us back to Gouvia Marina on Corfu, it is a day to yourselves away from the boat, so I recommend you take the opportunity to visit the old town with its stunning Venetian architecture, and perhaps look round some of the many restaurants and shops. As an alternative to the old town you may want to hire a car and drive around the island to enjoy its stunning scenery, with its charming mountain villages and tavernas. If this is your choice we can help you with preferential car hire rates straight from the marina.

Sailing Area

We are based in Gouvia Marina on the green and stunning island of Corfu, home to great writers and poets for centuries. Once you have landed at Kerkyra airport you are but a ten minute ride away from the start of your adventure.

We have spent the last two years sailing all around the area. This means that, even in the busier seasons, we can find quite bays and coves as yet not found by charter boats.

The Ionian is an area of outstanding natural beauty and much of it is protected by environmental laws. Dolphins, turtles and even the odd sword fish have been known to join us. Unlike some other areas of the Med, our islands are lush and green, bursting with olive groves, palm and cypress trees.

Legend has it that Odysseus sailed these waters on his journey home from the Trojan wars. Many of the places we visit seem to have changed little since then, the best are still only accessible by sea. Life in the Greek Islands is simple, unhurried, friendly and relaxed. Food and drink play an important part in Greek Culture and as a valued visitor you will be welcomed into the numerous tavernas and restaurants we visit.Skipper Rick Driscoll

Typical Itinerary - one week sailing (approximate sailing 4 hours per day)

Day 1: Embarkation 17:00 Giouva marina. Meet the crew, settle in, have dinner at a nearby taverna.
Day 2: Set off after breakfast and sail four to five hours across to the maninland to Plateria, where we spend the night and enjoy a meal at the fabulous seafood Budos restaurant.
Day 3: Sail for an hour to End Bay for lunch and swimming, then a 3 hour sail to Paxos island and the bay of Lakka, where we spend the night. We normally eat at the exceptional Italian and greek fusion La Bocca restaurant.
Day 4: One and a half hour sail down to Emerald bay on Anti Paxos via the west coast of Paxos with its spectacular cliffs and caves, lunch an swimming in the crystal blue waters of Emerald bay, then a 3 hour sail across to 2 Rock bay - an isolated bay where we will BBQ on board and spend the night beneath the stars.
Day 5: Lunch and swim in a bay then 3 hours sail to the picturesque Gaios on Paxos where we overnight in the pretty harbour and dine in the delightful Taca Taca.
Day 6: Lunch and swim in a bay, then a visit or an overnight in Mourtos a very attractive harbour, or a return visit to Plateria (most people want to re visit Budos restaruant !!)
Day 7: 4 hours sail, we have to head back to Gouvia Marina in order to have the guests back in time for their flights the next day.
If the guests are staying longer we can head down to Preveza and the inland sea to overnight in Vonitses where there lives a huge turtle, the inland sea has many species of sea life, due to its nutrient rich waters. We can also get as far as lefkas via the canal if they have enough time.

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