Greece Xploration: Kite & Sail Flotilla
- Kite & Sail Flotilla!
- In a snapshot
- The Adventure!
- Package options
- Destination: Ionion Sea, Greece
- Adventure, Activity & Lifestyle on board
- The Catamaran
- The Crew
- How to get there?
Kite & Sail Flotilla!
Waterlusters! After my hitchsailing trip around the Atlantic, I’m getting landsick. Time to move to the water. This time to Greece and you can join! October 3-10 2015 I organize a Destination Xploration kitesurf & sailing trip! Not just a sailing trip. We’ll go in a Flotilla (fleet) with multiple yachts exploring the Ionion Sea. More fun, more spectacular, more friends. IF there’s enough interest, we go the week before too! Are you up for it?
In a snapshot
- 7 days of sailing & kitesurfing in a flotilla
- Destination: Ionion Sea, Greece (port: Lefkas)
- Multiple spots, destinations and downwinders
- Kitelevel: Beginners to Advanced
- Reliable Maistro wind
- Jetski, SUP, wakeline & watertoys
- Loads of fun for non-kiters
- Price: 1150
With a small fleet of spacious catamarans and monohulls we will go after the windiest and most exclusive spots of the Ionion sea in Greece. In one week we’ll be sailing, riding and exploring the crystal clear waters of the Greek seas, where the crowd can’t reach!
This trip is beyond ‘just’ kiteboarding and sailing! It’s making the dream lifestyle reality. We will make this the best week of your life! “Happiness is only real when shared,” that’s why we go in a Flotilla, a little fleet. Still with comfort and enough space for everyone. So whether you come alone or with friends, we’ll be one bunch of like-minded waterlusters all after the same thrill!
We have 3 package options, multiple catamarans and monohulls.
1. Berth & Breakfast
We offer self-catering for those who wish to cook their own meals. It’s the more budget friendly option. Groceries can be done before departure, as well as during the trip and we’ll have storage room and cooking facilities on board. There’ll also be plenty of options to dine at Greek taverna’s.
7 days | 1150 Euro !!!!!! 800 Euro for first 8 bookings!!!!!!* > 1 spot left<
- Berth on Catamaran
- Greek style breakfast (yoghurt, fruits, honey.. )
- Professional Skipper
- Fuel, taxes & harbour fees
- Water (for shower/dishes)
- Kiting Tips & Advice
- Use of watertoys
- Galley space to store your groceries
- Kite Security & Rescue (with jetski)
Note. Our boats only have double cabins. By booking a single spot you agree to share cabin with another dream/wind chaser OR you can have a single berth on one of our monohulls.
*Booking counts when we have received (proof of) 50% of the payment.
2. Luxury Local style
We can also take care of it all and provide you with the best Greek Cuisine, 3 times a day prepared by our host.
7 days | 1500 Euro !!!!!! 1250 Euro for first 6 bookings!!!!!!* > 5 spots left<
Includes same as above +
- 3 meals per day with best local ingredients
- Snacks & Soft drinks
3. Full Board Boat
Are you with a group of friends? Rent your private yacht! From
4950 3750 euro.
- Kitelessons and gear rental
- Island excursions
- Cleaning service
- Professional hostess/Chef
- Fullboard (3 meals/day, snacks & soft Drinks)
Destination: Ionion Sea, Greece
The Ionion Sea is the water between Italy and Greece. It has the steady reliable wind called the Maistro wind. The Greek Ionian islands haves some of the most beautiful beaches and clearest turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Not just that, with ancient Greek sites, secluded anchorages, beautiful nature & wildlife, Greek tavernas, local markets and de-li-cious Mediterranean cuisine, the exploration potential is enourmous. Most of the yachts and crowds of the summer have left by September. The Greek vibe dominates towns and we have all the space to sail, ride and enjoy. With air temperatures being a pleasant 25-30 degrees you’ll be at the right spot(s), at the right time, with the right like-minded adventure seekers!
It’s easy to hop from island to island with our catamarans. We change spots almost everyday so we can get maximum diversity out of the 7 days at the Ionion sea. Every place is different and unique in it’s own way.
The Ionion sea has the most reliable wind of the Mediterranean sea. As a matter of fact, in September/October this region has the most trustworthy winds of Europe. This time of year the mornings are usually calm and wind kicks in as from noon, ranging 15-25 knots, blowing the rest of the day. The captains are born and raised in the region, know the spots, weather and possibilities so we change course if necessary to get the maximum out of the elements. In non windy morning we can wake board or wake ski with our jetski! The average air temperature is 26 degrees in September/October. The water is still tropical around 28 degrees so board shorts might just be enough!
The flexibility of living on board and the local knowledge of our captains allows us to adapt for the best possible itinerary based on the climate. There are dozens of spots suitable for kitesurfing and sailing in the Ionian sea. Lefkas Marina is our starting base. This places has all the facilities nearby including cafes, tavernas, bars restaurants, shops, supermarkets to start-off the adventure well-prepared and well relaxed. You might want to consider increasing your Greek adventure with a few extra days of Lefkas. Let us know if you do cause we have some deals with kite hotels, like MilosBeach. We have made a navigation plan for maximum wind exposure combined with cool island towns to visit. Everyday there will be the possibility to dine at a Taverna or do you groceries. In great conditions this will be the route:
Adventure, Activity & Lifestyle on board
Imagine. Wake up with a fresh dip in the clear water, have a typical Greek breakfast in the morning sunshine, followed by one, two or tree flatwater kiteboard sessions, powered by the catch of the day for lunch, a sunset sail in the evening and a local beer and Mediterranean dish at the Greek Taverna at night. That’s just one example of a day of this once-in-a-lifetime holiday! Each day you’ll experience something new, whether it’s landing a new trick, discovering a new island or trying some of the best local Greek cuisine.
Not a kitesurfer? You don’t have to be a kitesurf fanatic to enjoy this island-hopping Flotilla. Both kiteboarders and non-kiteboarders are welcome to join. So bring your non – kiting friend and get him or her hooked or he/she can go for some island exploration. Sailing the Ionion sea is already an adventure in itself. You cannot get enough thrills on this trip. We give you plenty of options for action and water activity. So in case you want a break from kitesurfing, don’t kite at all or no wind. No worries! We have watertoys, a jetski, waterskis, snorkel gear, floating devices and a lifetime of local knowledge. On the Island you can go hiking or biking and discover the best of Greece. The adventure potential of this trip is huge. We have personally investigated the best island trips, tours, hikes, delicacies and can connect you to the best local tour provider. Or maybe you just want to chill and hang out with the rest of the group. You can sunbathe on the trampoline, plugin your music on the boats boxing, or have a beer at the local beach bar.
At the end of the day it’s nice to go ashore and visit the local town. In most destinations there is no lack of evening entertainment. We will be mostly moored, anchored or docked in the cool places where you can relax with a local beer on the beach, have a sunset dinner at a local taverna, or make a few dance moves at night.
For maximum space and exploration potential we have big 50 ft. Catamarans. With extra low keels our catamarans allow us to go to shallow, close to shore and inlets that most boats can’t. More space for us!
- 4 double cabins (max 8 people)
- Private bathrooms
- Fully equipped kitchen (including espresso machine!)
- Space for your drinks & foods
- Large salon
- Sheltered cockpit
- Sundeck & trampoline
- Outdoor music system
- Enough storage space for your kitegear
- Note. For solo travellers who prefer not to share a cabin we have monohulls where you can have your single berth.
For this trip I join forces with Ionion Sails. Together with the owner Gabriel I make this happen!
Gabriel: If anyone knows the Ionion sea it’s Gabriel. He grew up sailing the Greek seas with his dad and hasn’t stopped sailing since. Gabriel is Greek, local and with his company Ionion Sails he has organized many flotillas before. Setting up the first kiteboard flotilla is a dream coming true!
Plori: Plori will join the Flotilla too. He’s our navigator and smells the wind from a far distance
Suzanne: In case you haven’t noticed, I love everything water. As I haven’t been able to find the perfect boat/kitesurf/sailing/people combination I thought let’s create it!
How to get there?
Our departure port is Lekada harbour. You can fly either to Athens or Preveza. From Athens it’s a superstunning and comfortable (+/- 5 hour) busdrive to Lefkada. From Preveza it’s closer but not that many planes fly in. Also you can go via Italy by taking the ferry to Corfu. Uptodate Lefkada info.
Check Rome2Rio to figure out best way from your home!
We hope to welcome you on board!
Gabriel & Suzanne
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