OUR CRUISES ARE IDEAL FOR GROUPS OF FRIENDS
Our cruising grounds take in many stunning islands and ports in what is called the Saronic Gulf and The Cyclades.
In a nutshell, some of the best cruising grounds in the world.
Andy Dobson – Skipper
Andy is an RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster, trained in First Aid at Sea and has the STCW95 Sea Safety/Survival Certificate. He has years of experience sailing and had a lifelong passion for the pursuit. Andy says the thing that appeals to him the most about sailing is the huge variety of challenges that it has to offer in any one voyage however short or long and the escapism it provides.
Having been successful in the Construction Industry for many years, Andy decided to combine business with pleasure and start Atlas Sailing. Knowing the value of customer service, having an outgoing personality and enjoying meeting people make him a perfect Skipper.
He can speak virtually fluent German and is also a qualified Fitness Instructor having always taken an active interest in health and leisure pursuits.
He also plays piano and guitar and it is not uncommon for guests to be entertained in the evenings, whilst enjoying a beverage, by his almost endless repertoire of songs.
Julie (Andy’s wife) is the main hostess you will come into contact with. You will be amazed at what culinary delights will be served up whilst out on the water and in the past this has been achieved in some very challenging conditions. Julie also has a wealth of sailing experience having accompanied Andy on many of the Atlas voyages.
The yacht is a Bavaria 50 and is called Atlas.
Atlas is a spacious cruising yacht with accommodation for up to 10 people**(see note). The yacht weighs almost 13 tons and when out on the water is powered by over 120m2 of sail or, when required, a 75hp inboard diesel engine.
Due to the size and weight of the yacht, it is much more stable than smaller vessels when heavier weather or rougher seas are encountered and this tends to give guests a better feeling of safety and comfort. When we come across lighter winds we have a large cruising chute that adds even more fun to the sailing experience.
Outside in the cockpit there are twin steering wheels and it has teak seats and sole plates plus a large fixed cockpit table. There are also external loudspeakers in the cockpit connected to the CD/radio.
The yacht is also coded to meet the strict guidelines set out by the MCA (see our Safety Page for more info on all safety aspects).
The accommodation is made up from 1 spacious saloon area, 1 galley, 5 double berth cabins and 3 heads (toilets and showers).
The spacious saloon offers seating in comfort for all passengers on board whether as a lounge area or for dining. The saloon adjoins both the communications area and the galley but is separate from the cabins. As mentioned before the 3 forward cabins can be sealed off from the saloon again so passengers can enjoy some privacy away from the public space.
There are 5 double cabins onboard Atlas, 3 double berths and 2 double bunks. All cabins have a hanging wardrobe. Should guests prefer some extra privacy the forward 3 cabins (2 x double bunks & 1 double berth) and one heads can be separated off from the saloon and galley area. All cabins have 12 volt charging points for mobile phones, tablets etc. The starboard side bunk cabin is used for storage.
For those not familiar with boats the facilities are called heads, and on board Atlas there are 3, which combine both electrically operated WC’s and showers. This affords everyone on board plenty of comfort in the knowledge that any privacy issues can be comfortably managed.
In addition to the facilities on board guests also have the use of the ones onshore whenever we are in a marina.
**Although Atlas has accommodation for 10 we only take a maximum of six guests to allow more space and comfort.
The midships starboard cabin is used for storage with guests using the aft portside, midships port and forepeak cabins
We look forward to being of service sometime in the not too distant future.