FAQs

  1. FAQs. If you cannot find an answer to your question then please contact us or call Andy on 07976 322417.

What is the cost and the best way to reach Lavrion?

The nearest airport is Athens. If you notify us of your arrival time we can arrange for a taxi/minibus to collect you. The cost varies dependent on the size of your group however as a guide:

Taxi for up to 4 people is 50 euros each way (making 25euros per person return)

Minibus for larger groups (6) is 90 euros each way (making 30 euros per person return)

PLEASE NOTE ….Our base is at Olympic Marina, Lavrion

What time do we need to be at the marina?

On the first day guests arrive at various times throughout the day. Our general arrival time from 5pm but there is no problem dropping your bags of at the boat earlier in the day if you so wish. We then set sail on the following morning.

Is smoking permitted on board the yacht?

No. We do not allow smoking. If you do wish to smoke then we ask that you stand on quayside/pontoon away from the yacht so other guests are not subjected to cigarette smoke and we ask that you kindly refrain from flicking cigarette butts into the marina. We are strict on this because even cigarette ash can stain the decks and even though people try to be careful the wind can blow the ash onto the yacht.

What is IYT training.

International Yacht Training Worldwide provides the most boating and sailing courses through more sailing schools than any other accreditation body. IYT has the most government approvals and operates in more countries and in more languages than any other boating or sailing organisation in the world. No other organisation offers such a diverse range of nautical training or is as internationally accepted as IYT Worldwide.

Do I need experience?

If you are just on a sailing holiday then no experience is necessary but you are welcome to join in with the sailing as a skipper will be on hand to guide you. However if you are on a training course then depending on what level you are looking to achieve you will be need the prior experience although this will not apply if you are a beginner.

What do I need to bring?

It is better several thin layers than two thick layers. Good quality waterproof outer clothing is provided. Bring clothes suitable for the time of year for the evenings when ashore.

What footwear do I need to bring?

Bring waterproof boots and/or deck shoes or non-marking trainers. No high heels. Heels of any description are not really practical on a yacht.

Is there parking available?

There is a large free car park in the marina where you can leave your car for the duration of your trip. Whilst there is 24hr security and CCTV we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to cars or their contents.

Do I sleep on board?

For all overnight sailing trips you will sleep on board.

How are cabins allocated to guests?

On mixed groups the guests that book first have the choice of cabins. First choice is normally the aft portside cabin which is en-suite. After that it depends on whether the next guests prefer the forepeak double or the bunk cabins. Where groups have booked for sole use we leave it to their own choices as to which they prefer.

Will I have to share a cabin?

All cabins are double berth so depending on your party numbers you may be sharing with a member of your group.

Will I be able to charge things such as my mobile phone

All cabins on our yacht have 12v charging point but please remember to bring your charger with USB connection.

Can I bring my mobile phone?

You can bring you mobile phone. Coverage is only up to approximately 10 miles from land which will generally give you coverage except on our distance sails. In an emergency the yacht can be contacted by VHF radio.

Are all meals provided?

On all sailing trips we provide breakfast, lunch and snacks/drinks throughout the day whilst on board. If we decide to spend a night on anchor then evening meal will be provided.

Can you cater for my special dietary requirements?

On booking, you will be asked if you have any particular ‘dietary requirements’ It is essential to give us as much information as possible in this section, to ensure we meet your dietary needs in full. However, dependent on your needs this may not always be possible due to the places we visit and the nature of our business.

What if the weather is bad?

Quality foul weather gear is provided should it be required. If the weather conditions are deemed to be not suitable for safe sailing then we reserve the right to change the itinerary accordingly or postpone the sailing. This is done at the discretion of the skipper. We never take guests out into conditions that we know will be too challenging or uncomfortable.

Will we be in a marina every night?

Although you will spend some nights in marinas, in order to explore some of the more beautiful locations and to get the most out of the sailing experience you may choose to spend a night or two in a secluded anchorage.

How long do we sail for each day on the holiday weeks?

We have varying times of passage between the islands. we try to mix things up so guests can also enjoy some quality time ashore. A typical week will have voyage durations from 1 hour up to a maximum of around 5 hours but this can be adjusted to suit individual group requirements.

Do you take under 18’s?

We do allow under 18’s when accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 although our activities are not suitable for young children. 16 is generally the minimum age

Does your yacht meet safety requirements?

Our yacht fully complies with the code of practice for small commercial vessels and meets all requirements as set down by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The yacht is checked before and after each trip and all safety equipment is serviced on a regular basis.

Do I need travel insurance.

We always advise people to have travel insurance and suggest they check their policy for our activities. Please also refer to our T&C’s page.

How fit do I need to be to come sailing?

You don’t need to be a finely tuned athlete in order to come sailing but some degree of physical fitness is required as movement around the yacht and hopping onto pontoons and quaysides from the yacht may not be suitable for certain bariatric or unfit people.

Are there washing facilities on the yacht?

There are heads (toilets) and washing facilities onboard. When you are in a marina you can also use the shoreside facilities available. On some of the islands there may not be facilities ashore but some local tavernas and hotels do offer showers for a small charge. We try our best to advise on where these may be available.

Will I get seasick?

If you know or think you may be susceptible, then it would be worth buying some motion sickness tablets from the chemist and bringing them with you. No one is immune from it, even Nelson suffered.

In Summary:

We will do everything within our capabilities to make your time with us as pleasurable as can be. Our sole purpose is to make you go away with nothing but happy memories. However, please bear in mind the type of holiday/activity you have joined. Adventure, escapism and discovery is what we are about. We take you to the places that the large tour companies won’t/can’t get to. We aim to cater for all needs but the places we visit are not where you will see masses of package tourists so certain items and facilities may not be available. Although in comparison to many others, Atlas is a large yacht but we are still limited as to what we can stock up with. There is ample on board to carry out your ablutions but please don’t expect long hot showers every morning. There are showers on board but these are strictly functional as there is not an endless supply of hot water. In many (but not all) places we visit there are Tavernas & hotels that offer hot showers for a small charge, generally 3-5 euros.

Could we also ask that if playing music either in your cabin or anywhere else on the boat that you have consideration for others. This applies particularly when we are moored up in marinas or in port.

 

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