It's that time of year again and here at Poseidon Charters we are getting geared up to see you all at the boat shows and dinner presentations. We look forward to meeting you.
14-22 January 2012: Toronto boat show
08-12 February 2012: Vancouver boat show
10-11 March 2012: Ottawa travel show
24-25 March 2012: Calgary travel show
Come and meet us in person and discuss your personal travel plans. We look forward to helping you book your yacht charter, flotilla or cabin charter in Greece, Croatia, the Caribbean or further afield in the paradise islands of the South Pacific.
Join our 2012 cabin charter programs in the mythical Greek islands and the beautiful Croatian coast. Renting a cabin on a shared yacht is a cost-effective way to enjoy an active sailing holiday in these two incredible European destinations. The unique itineraries sail to 'must see' islands, cutural sites and many off the beaten course anchorages where only a yacht can visit. There isn't a better time to book as we have slashed our 2011 rates; if you confirm by 30 April 2012 we'll offer an additional $400 discount per cabin. Help out the European economy and take advantage of our great 2012 rates.
Sailing cruise in Greece: Aegean Adventure
$2799 per person for 14 nights
$1799 per person for 7 nights
Sailing cruise in Croatia: Croatian Adventure
$2799 per person for 14 nights
$1799 per person for 7 nights
2011 has been an exciting season. Threats of demonstrations and protests over the Greek economic situation never amounted to more than a 2 week taxi strike and protests never made it out of Athens. The season saw sailors from all over the US and Canada and as far away as Australia, the UK and Ireland. We had a great mix of cabin and flotilla sailors who united with an adventurous spirit, forged an outstanding camaraderie and made lasting friendships. The spring saw calm suntanning weather while the fall taught all sailors about sailing in adverse weather conditions. Both wonderful sailing experiences never to be forgotten. Aside from the ever changing weather mother nature also offered us unique marine life great and small. We saw two types of dolphins; huge Bottle nose and Striped dolphins, caught numerous tuna; who had been feasting on sea horses and kalamari and found huge live nautillus shells. On shore we met hundreds of cats and kittens, none more memorable than Friday; a ships cat from Southampton. We would like to thank everyone who participated with Poseidon Charters 2011 season.
To start our last 2 week circuit of the 2011 season, the yacht Dream was substituted for our flagship Margarita - due to new Greek document requirements. That did not get the crew’s spirits down as we moved our bags aboard and sailed Dream for two days to Aegina, Poros and Hydra island! Margarita was delivered by veteran skipper Panos Gikas to join Anastasia and our other wonderful skipper George Sifonios, program director Sharron and their of crew of 8 from Canada and the US. Also joining us this trip on a 37ft Jeanneau flotilla yacht were Tony and Jill from Australia. Thunderstorms did not stop the crew from enjoying a great night out in Hydra’s infamous Amalour bar and the following day Pirate night was highlighted by hours of incredible sheet lightning. Unstable weather had the flotilla spend 2 nights in Adamas harbour Milos where guests explored the incredible geology of the north coast and the great ice cream in the harbour! Margarita then broke all previous sailing speed records the next day on an incredible passage from Poliagos to Ios. In 25-32 knot wind speeds she reached a speed of 14.5 knots going down a wave – well done Steve and the crew on Margarita who all helped out on the helm! Well done also Tony and Jill for arriving only 30 minutes after Margarita.
Sailing on a yacht with people you haven’t met before can be slightly daunting for anyone, but for this group departing on 3 September it was like a reunion of old friends. Two couples from British Columbia met up with a couple from Ontario and New Jersey and bonded over the first glass of wine at the welcome briefing. The crew shared some exhilarating sailing on day one from Athens to Aegina while being serenaded by Peter from Ontario on his acoustic guitar. Hydra provided some anxious moments when a bush fire raged across the hillside requiring two water bombers and a helicopter to prevent it from approaching the town. Leaving the island of Milos behind, the crew were treated to the splendour of a deserted beach with translucent waters on the west side of Poliegos. This was followed by an exploration of the butterscotch coloured cliffs on the south side of the island.
Arriving in Split on 25 June was an excited group of mostly repeat guests, who had travelled with us previously in Greece, and a few new sailors. Several were ‘frequent sailors’ - Alex and Leo thanks for booking your 4th trip with Poseidon! A windy start to the trip saw the yachts motoring north and then upriver to experience the wonders of Krka Falls. By day 3 the yachts enjoyed fun, competitive tacking in narrow passages between stunning forested islands. The crews ate well that night at Kaprije where dinner was 10kg of fresh mussels bought on the way down the river. Steamed in white wine, some sea water and garlic and served with pasta it was a dinner fit for a Roman Emperor! A new addition to the program and highlight was a visit to Rockies organic farm and vineyard on Vis island. Further south we moored at Dubrovnik for the tail end of the summer festival. The 330-mile circuit returning to Split included stops in Korcula (home of Maro Polo), Hvar, stunning Bol beach on Brac island and many more secluded anchorages and modern marinas. The yachts arrived back in Split for one last sunset toast before saying a sad farewell to Croatia for another year.
After 10 weeks of sailing in Greece (and some motoring!), lots of historical sites, and even more Greek salads, Poseidon Charters now has a break from Greece (and Croatia) until September. Back in Montreal with the glorious Canadian sunshine, we will be catching up with ‘the office’ and are available to talk to you about your travel plans for 2012. For now, we hope that you enjoy looking through the trips so far in pictures we have uploaded onto the Poseidon Charters facebook page. We’d love to see more pictures if you’ve travelled with us this summer especially if you were sailing with us in Croatia. We’ll be back with more updates from the Aegean in September and look forward to meeting all our guests sailing with us then: Steven Parry, Sharron Ranby and the team at Poseidon.
Crews from France, Northern Ireland, England, Canada and Switzerland were with us on this departure on 23 July. Joining a crew of 6 on Margarita (Steven you really have laid that anchor chain for the last time now!) was flotilla yacht Kalliopi skippered by ‘Royal Marine’ Steven and first mate ‘Doctor’ Phillip. Steven and Phillip’s family had big smiles and an Irish/English welcome full of enthusiasm for everyone each day. Their daily stories of playing cards with penalties for losing, was something we enjoyed hearing and witnessing upon arrival in each new harbour! Also following Margarita was flotilla yacht Ermioni skippered by the French contingent, Jerome and his lovely wife Laure - who made a mean rum punch for everyone on pirate night! The crew on Ermioni; Jerome and Laure’s 3 beautiful daughters aged between 8-12. The gusty meltemi winds arrived for our passage from Paros, so a change of itinerary took us on a safer but longer day to Kithnos. All crews did exceptionally well on the most challenging leg of the season and we couldn’t have been more proud of our youngest crew. The 3 young girls arrived in Kithnos after a full day on a small yacht, in heavier conditions still smiling and up for their daily net fish off the back off Ermioni – an inspiration to any sailor of any age! Leaving Kea slightly later than normal, the meltemi rewarded us for our previous hard work and we all delighted at a glorious sail for our return to Athens. As the sun set over Kalimaki marina for our last trip of the spring/summer season it couldn’t have been a more beautiful end to a fantastic trip with perfect weather and sailing shared with wonderful new friends.
Visiting Kleftiko turned out to be a very special night for two of our guests and Poseidon Charters is very happy to announce the engagement of Alison and Brian. Brian proposed to Alison under the stars on the bow of Margarita after a great evening of food, wine and music. Alison and Brian’s enthusiasm for learning the ropes made our jobs much easier and we could not have asked for better crew. We look forward to sailing with you again soon and wish you both the very best - from Steven Parry, Sharron Ranby and all the team at Poseidon Charters.
Leaving Athens on 10 July, crews aboard Margarita and Anastasia were glad to be leaving the 40° heat behind. Our good friend and skipper Yiannis was with us to skipper Anastasia for a group of six friends from San Francisco. Margarita’s crew consisted of the family Hansson, along with two other couples - Kathleen and Nicholas and Brian and Alison. Shortly before arriving in Poros, Margarita’s gang were treated to a cool dip while underway from a line fixed to the back of Margarita sailing at 0.5 knots! The sail from Hydra to Milos turned out to be the best sailing conditions of the season so far with Margarita reaching speeds of 9.2 knots - the only downside of this being that sandwiches became the order of day for more than one lunch for the underway crews!
Sailing in Greece is always a wonderful experience, but seeing the majestic dolphins of the Aegean Sea makes for an extra special journey. Our guests sailing from Hydra to Milos on the first trip of the year enjoyed 15 minutes with this pod of about 20 dolphins at Margarita's bow
After leaving the beautiful venetian architecture of Hydra and our flotilla yacht Ithaki behind us, the crew of Margarita moved into the Cyclades to Milos, Ios, Santorini and then onto Paros for a special treat at a beach on the east side of the island. Twenty minutes applying volcanic rock paste, twenty minutes drying time and a quick rub and rinse left the Margarita crew relaxed with baby soft skin. With two fantastic sailing days on the way back to Athens, the small crew arrived back into Athens for a well-deserved drink in the skippers bar on the last night.
Starting 25 June this trip had just four North American guests aboard Margarita and one flotilla boat - in terms of numbers, this was a smaller group but that didn’t mean less fun was had! The flotilla yacht Ithaki, really were a great fun group and an international mix of American, German, and Irish crew. Under the expert guidance of skipper Adrian, each of the crew were allocated roles aboard Ithaki – Irish Dinghy Captain Richard will certainly be remembered for his unique dinghy technique at Aegina Bay – thank you from the crew of Margarita for being the dinghy taxi! Ithaki stayed with us for 4 nights before Margarita bid them a sad farewell for their return to Athens.
Our second trip of the season started on 11 June with guests from North America aboard Margarita and a flotilla of three fun crews: family Fyrwald aboard the beautiful 44ft catamaran Sawadee with Poseidon’s skipper George Sifanios; skipper ‘Handsome Doug’ and his crew aboard Omerta also sailing on a stunning 44ft catamaran and Poseidon’s good friends Hubert and Karla from Montreal with their crew aboard Kalliopi.
Kleftiko Bay on the southwest tip of Milos never fails to impress and for Sharon G and Sharron M aboard Margarita, kayaking through the caves ticked one of their trip wishes. Catching a 40lb tuna on the way from Hydra to Milos also meant that all yacht crews enjoyed a feast of BBQ’d tuna under the Kleftiko stars that night. The meltemi winds arrived towards the end of the trip, so for crew comfort Mykonos and Kea were missed from the itinerary but were replaced by a wonderful windy overnight anchorage at Serifos where the crew of Margarita enjoyed pasta by candlelight and a serenade by the crew of Kalliopi over the VHF radio – a fun end to the trip for all!
Poseidon Charters is thrilled to launch an exciting new website. The site has been months in the making and is designed specifically to help you find the charter yacht or sailing holiday that is right for you. It also offers handy information on our many destinations, so you can choose where you would like to travel. Building on our experience with yacht charters in Greece as well as flotilla sailing and cabin charters in Greece and Croatia, we have now expanded to offer you similar trips worldwide.
We're proud of our new website and the exciting line of new products it promotes. We invite you to enjoy a sailing holiday in Bora Bora on an all-inclusive 60ft crewed catamaran, relax on a boutique style mini-cruise in Fiji or explore Darwin's treasures aboard a luxury cruise in the Galapagos Islands. We have added these ‘bucket list' type of voyages to compliment our popular sailing cruises, the Aegean and Croatian Adventures.
Of course, we still specialize in yacht charters in Greece and the Mediterranean and our new yacht charter section now provides full details of all of the yachts we offer to help you find the right charter yacht for you. Our brand new discounted fleet of bareboats in Greece means you can now enjoy island hopping in Greece for up to 30% less. Further afield, we have also expanded our yacht charter destinations to include superb deals on excellent yachts for charter out of bases from Tahiti to Thailand.
Another exciting website feature is this news section which has replaced our blog. We welcome your comments on our features as they are being updated live from Greece, Croatia and beyond. Our feedback pages have also been updated to allow you to submit feedback directly on the website. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Last but not least, don't miss the special discounts on yacht charters in Greece and other great discounts in the Caribbean. We'll be updating these special offers regularly. So for now, enjoy the destinations, tours and yachts with all that the new website has to offer and… sail the world!
Poseidon Charters would like to thank guests and friends for sharing photographs taken during their trips over the years. Many of these images feature on the new website promoting our trips in Greece, Croatia, Turkey, St Vincent, BVI, Cuba, Thailand and Malaysia. We hope to receive many more great pictures in the future and look forward to seeing your photos from our wonderful new destinations in Galapagos and Fiji!
Poseidon Charters' Aegean Adventure is still our guests' favourite program. We're anxiously looking forward to returning to the sunny Aegean Sea and sailing the Greek islands in May, for our 17th season operating this extraordinary odyssey. This year on our Aegean Adventure cabin charter and flotilla in Greece, we're welcoming guests from Australia, Ireland as well as crews from the US and Canada. So, if you've missed out on the last 17 years…make this the year to join this incredible cultural journey and sail Greece.