Flotillas are the sociable way to sail. You have the freedom of skippering your own yacht during the day but with the support of a British lead crew with an experienced skipper and hostess, providing weather forecasts guiding you on the best itinerary, helping you to moor up in the evenings and sorting out any queries you may have.
We aim to ensure a friendly flotilla with a maximum of 10 yachts sailing with each lead crew. This allows you to visit the small harbours and anchorages which make sailing in Greece so special.
People choose flotillas for a variety of reasons. It’s popular with those who appreciate the support of the lead crew but also with those who have sailed many times before who enjoy the sociable side of a flotilla and the local knowledge and reassurance that the lead crew provide – useful if you’re new to the cruising area. During the school holidays flotillas are particularly popular with families who enjoy an active holiday together.
Our Saronic flotilla starts from the heart of Athens and cruises the beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf, an ideal area for flotilla sailing offering reliable winds of moderate strength, short distances and scenic harbours. You’ll visit the picturesque islands of Aegina, Hydra, Spetses and Poros as well as mainland towns such as Epidavros with its famous ancient theatre. Our flotilla is based in Kalamaki Marina in Athens. You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your yacht – a 40-minute taxi ride straight to the marina. This is a convenient place to start your holiday, without the need to take a hydrofoil or lengthy land transfer.
Kalamaki is a short taxi ride from the centre of Athens. On your first evening, enjoy dinner in the famous Plaka area of Athens, with a view of the Acropolis, or chill out in one of the restaurants in or near the marina. With daily flights you could plan a few days in Athens before or after your flotilla for a city break to soak up the culture and history of this amazing city, recently given a facelift for the 2004 Olympic Games.
To sail a yacht on flotilla you should have skippered a cruising yacht previously, either on flotilla or in the UK. On the Saronic Flotilla from Athens we can offer sail training for less experienced skippers. If you have crewed on previous sailing holidays or have motoryacht experience, you can improve your yacht handling skills with an instructor for a 3-day flotilla course. If you don’t have any previous sailing experience, take the instructor for the 6-day course.