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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.