Learn to sail in Jason’s home waters!
RYA sailing courses in Greece
The RYA no longer distinguish between tidal and non-tidal sailing areas, so a certificate gained in Greece has the same value as one attained in the UK.
This officially endorsed RYA sailing school in Volos is run by a British couple, Carl and Liz, who fell in love with the area and decided to settle here. Their sailing grounds are within the beautiful Pagasitikos Gulf (Gulf of Volos) and surrounding area of the Aegean Sea, one of the last remaining, undiscovered secrets of the Mediterranean and once you have your skipper’s certificate, you will want to come back and explore this paradise under your own command.
All students will help with the preparation of meals on board as learning how to look after yourself and working as a team on board a yacht is part of the training. At least 3 pre-prepared evening meals will be eaten on board in an idyllic bay, which the other evenings you will visit a taverna in a picturesque port or fishing village and sample local freshly cooked Greek food.
The gulf is about 14 nautical miles wide and is surrounded by idyllic anchorages, small harbours and picturesque islands. Inside the gulf, you will experience near-perfect sailing conditions, with the regular sea breeze and calm waters, whilst out in the Aegean, the Meltemi usually blows force 3-4, funnelling down the channel between Evia and the Mainland. Any swell from the north is cut off by the archipelago that makes up the Sporades Islands and you will rarely experience swell of more than 1-2 metres. These conditions are usually reserved for lake sailing, but here we have the open sea and countless coves and harbours to explore.
All courses will have a maximum of five students to one instructor on a large Dufour 45 classic with 4 double cabins, but you will never have to share a bunk with a total stranger.
Sailing courses and prices
Prices include all course and sailing expenses including fuel, port fees, provisions on board, your cabin accommodation, bed linen and towels.
Not included: evening meals ashore at a taverna, travel to and from Volos.
Further information about Royal Yachting Association courses can be found at their website.
The yacht: El Niño – Dufour 45 classic, 1998