The Poseidon Charters offices will be closed for the holiday period from Wednesday 25 December 2013 until Monday 6 January 2014.
Wishing our customers, partners and friends Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous 2014. It's the British Virgin Islands now and we look forward to meeting our 5 yacht flotilla crews this Saturday 28th December.
If you're coming to the boat show and would like to here more about our trips in Greece and Croatia, then make a date in your diary to attend one of the seminars being held by Captain Steven Parry.
Saturday 11 January 2014 @ 1:30pm
Location: Salon 107
Saturday 18th January 2014 @ 11:30am
Location: Salon 107
We've just been informed that our booth has now changed at the Toronto Boat Show! You will now be able to find us at booth 1786.
Last week we headed down to Annapolis for the oldest in water sail boat show in North America. Expecting sunshine, we pitched our booth on the floating dock in the Vacation basin only to be greeted by rain for 4 days! There were those who braved the torrential down pours and it was great to talk to you about plans for Greece and Croatia 2014 under an umbrella!! On day 4 the sun finally came out as did our banners to let the glorious Annapolis sunshine bring beautiful Greece and Croatia alive! If you didn't brave the show...here are our Greece and Croatia dates for next year.
We'll be at booth 1540 at Toronto boat show.
All too quickly the summer sailing season in Greece and Croatia has come to an end. We’ve swam in new bays, enjoyed wonderful sailing conditions, met new friends and eaten our way through fantastic restaurants in both Greece and Croatia. Thanks to everyone who has sailed with us this summer and we hope to sail with you again at some point in the future. We’re off to Annapolis Boat show next week and then down to the British Virgin Islands in December for our New Year flotilla. If you're thinking of sailing with us next year, why not look at what we saw this year view the
trip pics from Greece and the trip pics from Croatia.
After 23 years sailing in Greece we’ve always said that no two trips are the same and it certainly proved that way for this trip. September proved popular for us, so we added a second cabin charter yacht to join Margarita, namely Yiannis 65 a beautiful Hanse 54. Heavy winds on day two changed our Hydra course and took both Margarita and Yiannis 65 to delightful Ermioni and as the winds continued we also had to extend our stay in Adamas port on the island of Milos. Having that extra time in Milos gave us a free day to explore more at Sarakiniko where some of the crew swam to a wreck in the next bay…an absolute highlight of the trip and a first for Poseidon. On our way to Ios we stopped at a stunning bay, where just under the waterline, pure white, perfectly smooth boulders of all sizes could be found. Years of waves crashing into this bay had caused the rocks to roll over each other making them perfectly smooth and ideal for gifts back home! Both yachts stopped in the bay and Margarita’s crew welcomed everyone aboard for a cappuccino and pancakes! We said goodbye to the Yiannis crew in Ios and Margarita continued on her last trip back to Athens with two new crew, Gavin and Laura from Canada, joining us for a leg of their European honeymoon. Taking in Skinoussa, Paros, Mykonos, Delos and Kea we ended our season in Skippers Bar on a high with a 'special crew award' being given to Darlene for great services to Margarita's galley - thanks again Darlene!
Sometimes, it seems that people are meant to meet, and on this trip that was very true with couples from Australia, and Canada forming new friendships for life. Also onboard Margarita we welcomed Matt, a videographer from Toronto invited to film a new promotional video for Poseidon. In addition to Margarita on flotilla was Ealis with a group of friends from Oregon and also Anerada with a lovely repeat flotilla sailor family from Brazil onboard. The trip started great and after a fun pirate night in Hydra we headed down to Milos for our first ever wedding at Kleftico bay. The crew of Ealis decorated the bow of the yacht with stunning bougainvillea and after official ‘I do’s’ were out of the way, the bride and groom jumped into the turquoise waters for what was to be a day they will never forget. Congratulations again Nina and James and thank you for allowing us to be part of your special day and great BBQ wedding feast on the rocks! Heading to Ios, we swam at Blue Lagoon Bay, the conditions this trip were perfect to stop and dive into the crystal clear waters - so clear you could see your own reflection below. Just as we thought the day couldn’t get any better, as we left the bay, dolphins joined us on the bow, a truly incredible experience for everyone. After the return leg including Paros, Delos, Mykonos and Kea we returned back to Athens with what was now a group of close friends onboard – thank you crew of Margarita for making this such a fun and memorable trip!
We love welcoming large groups of friends aboard and for our departure on 24 August we sailed with a group of friends from New Zealand - and one complimentary Australian! After a fun night as pirates in Hydra we set off for BBQ night at Kithnos, where Sean as master chef, cooked lamb and sausage to perfection! The evening ended on a high with the crew lying in the sand looking up counting shooting stars - a very special evening. After a fun week of swimming and star jumping off Margarita, the trip ended with one last full crew jump just outside the marina in Athens. Thank you Beal group for being such a pleasure to have onboard and for 'jumping' it certainly is the shot of the decade!
On July 27 we welcomed a young family from the UK aboard. After a few days of relaxing sailing in the Saronic Gulf we left Hydra reasonably early and motor-sailed across 50 miles of beautiful blue sea to Merikas, Kithnos. On the way we hooked 2 tuna at the same time on two trolling lines - unfortunately one snapped the line but the second fish we landed! At Kithnos the whole family bathed in the natural hot springs at Kamares beach and later that day we went to Loutra on the east of the island and dined from tables in the sand at Sailor's Taverna. Sailing to Kea island, we enjoyed a fantastic sail in 6 Beaufort winds across the Kithnos/Kea Channel and the next morning, enjoyed a wonderful morning hike to see the 21ft, 600BC Lion sculpture before returning to Athens. Thank you Quigley family for taking your first yachting holiday with us and special thanks to young Rory, the 8 year old boy, who got hooked on the whole mariner way of life. Rory you are officially our best client of the season so far always smiling, excited and eager to learn and do more aboard ship - we hope to see you back as one our skippers when you’re older!
Heading into July the winds became more challenging and we’re glad that with three sails and a 12ton keel, our flagship Margarita sailed us safely through the larger seas and heavier wind conditions that the Aegean is famous for at this time of year. On the second week, we sailed with the wind and headed to Ermoupoli, Syros, the capital of the Aegean Sea, where we enjoyed the grand architecture and tranquility of the safe harbour of Syros. Heading to Kea we had the best sail of the season and managed a consistent 8-9 knots on a long tack in lighter air, under the full sail of 220sq/ - great suntanning weather! After two weeks at sea, the trip ended on a high for our British, Australian, US and Canadian guests with lots of smiling faces and many sailing miles with a very small carbon footprint!
Our third departure of the year began with a group of friends from the United States and beautiful smooth sailing in no more than 5 Beaufort. This meant for the first time this year, we had the treat of the stunning overnight anchorage at Kleftiko with a BBQ under the starry Greek skies. In Ios, after saying goodbye to our new American friends, we welcomed aboard a new crew of South African honeymooners and a Canadian family of 4; the wind also changed and altered the itinerary which meant we could visit Serifos and Iraklia. As this trip comes to a close, once again Greece has given us golden tans and we've enjoyed lots of sunny hikes, dolphin races and amazing food every night!
The first week of our Croatian flotilla has seen sunny skies, great sailing and happy holidayers aboard the lead yacht and flotilla yachts. Lead yacht Rok has great sails and the crew has tacked, trimmed and become at one with the boat. A stunning sunset looking out over the Kornati islands has been a highlight as has Croatia's little known but exquisite gastronomy each night with grilled fish, smoked Dalmatian prosciutto, cuttlefish risotto and octopus salad… worth the airfare in itself! A sad farewell today to Jeanne alias 'Seal'; for being the first to jump in the sea when a line was needed ashore and for wrestling mooring balls up onto the deck! Welcome aboard Rob from San Diego - you have big shoes to fill. Jivili from Croatia! (cheers in Croatian)
Our second departure of the year left the Saronic Gulf after a few lovely days and headed on a great downwind crossing to Milos in 6 Beaufort northerly winds. Margarita hit 11.6 knots with her new mainsail and the new crew landed a 15lb yellowfin tuna! The wind kept us for two days at Milos harbour, so we toured the whole island by minivan and were guided to a natural 'Pirates jacuzzi' as well as many other geological wonders! On our second night in Milos we dined like kings on seared fresh tuna in olive oil, soya sauce, honey and garlic - fantastic!
How quickly the winter had passed and on our first week of the flotilla season we've enjoyed some lovely sailing with new friends from Toronto aboard our beautiful Jeanneau 49 Ealis and a smaller group aboard Naias our 37 foot Jeanneau. The Greek islands are just as colourful and beautiful as ever and after time in Hydra, we arrived at Mandraki Milos where we were invited into Stelios' fishing garage to learn about nets, lines and tiny Greek fishing boats, before swimming off the cliffs and caves of Sarakiniko. Our activities were rewarded by an exquisite meal of seafood, salads and pasta at Yialos taverna in Pollonia. After two days exploring Milos, we then set sail for Ios where we were welcomed by Liostasi's boutique hotel and treated to a stunning view of the sunset while sipping cocktails and taking a dip in the pool. Ending the first week with yet another phenomenal Greek meal served by Greek service industry professionals, it's great to see that Greece is open for tourism like never before!
In its 44th year, the United States Sailboat show attracts more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world to the waterfront of historic Annapolis, Maryland. After a 3-year break from Annapolis we’re looking forward to heading down to Maryland in October 2013 and we’ll be exhibiting in the travel destination area on the floating dock.
United States Sailboat Show Annapolis
Thursday 10 Oct – Monday 14 Oct 2013
Annapolis City Dock and Harbour
Poseidon Charters supports Repow[er]Greece an international public diplomacy campaign that seeks to confront the world’s negative perceptions of Greece and her people. It is rooted in their conviction that redefining Greece and restoring it's credibility should not rely on a superficial rebranding or changing of mottos, but rather on clear messages and facts that justify a commitment to work diligently, forge solutions and move forward with a renewed result-oriented mindset.
Let’s stop asking “who is to blame?” and answer instead to “What’s next”.
Find out more about Repo[we]rGreece at www.repowergreece.com
We’ve been delighted in recent years to have more and more UK sailors booking our yachts, cabin charters and flotillas in Greece, Croatia and BVI. We’re planning in the coming months to have a Poseidon UK contact for our sailors over the pond. For now, if you're in the UK, please don’t be put off by our overseas head office location, we operate in Greece and Croatia in the summer months and we’ll always call you to discuss your booking if you send us an e-mail. We also now accept payment with all major credit cards in GBP!
View our itinerary in video and watch this space... later this year we'll have a whole new suite of sailing videos so you'll really get to see what sailing with us is like. All to come in summer 2013 on Youtube Poseidon Charters.
As the Med summer sailing season approaches we're starting to see some great specials appearing, here's just a few for sailing in Greece this summer. These yachts will book quickly so don't miss out, drop us an email to check availability or ask us to find you something else to fit your charter needs. Remember we don't charge for our services and we can find you a yacht pretty much anywhere in the world so let us do the legwork in finding the right yacht at the right price for you this summer.
It's the great 'sail' at Poseidon Charters and we've slashed our rates on many of our 2013 departure dates. Make this the year to sail Greece or Croatia aboard a crewed yacht for just 999 Euros/1399 USD. Enjoy a cabin with private washroom, there's no kitty or extra costs when you arrive as breakfast and lunch is included in the price. So sit back and relax or get involved and let our experienced crew show you how to sail a 65ft yacht!
We're pleased to announce that we will again be attending the Travel and Vacation Show in Ottawa. We'll be exhibiting at stand 615 and looking forward to welcoming you to talk about Greece, Croatia and our brand new sailing program in the British Virgin Islands.
Travel and Vacation Show
Saturday 09 March - 10 March 2013
10:00 to 17:00hrs both days
Ottawa Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
The Toronto boat show is now officially on! We found the first weekend of this 9-day show to be quite busy and it was great to see so many people heading to the Direct Energy Centre on a beautiful spring like weekend. Greece and the British Virgin Islands were the hot topics so we're really pleased that interest in the beautiful Greek islands has returned. If you're in the Toronto area we'd love to see you, so why not pop by stand 1540 and say hi... just follow the sound of the steel drums to find us!