What a fantastic week in September sailinga four-year-old Beneteau Oceanis 423 yacht on charter from Ionian Yacht Charters (www.ionianyachtcharters.co.uk) based in Lefkas Marina.
The arrivalPrevazza airport – under three hours from Gatwick - is just minutes away from the Marina. We were greeted by Paul the owner of the charter company and conveyed to the Marina. We were quickly onto the yacht sorting out who were going to sleep where, with a party of six there was ample room.
Paul and Barbara Tuttare a lovely couple, extremely helpful, giving good sound advice about the sailing areas, the ports & fishing villages and the best places to eat in the evening.
The Weather in September was great with tempreture in the mid eighties at midday and into the warm sixties during the night. The wind conditions were good during the afternoons and we took the opportunity in the mornings to walk around the fishing villages and explore the area. By mid morning we would motor into a convenient bay, anchor up and swim, snorkel, explore with the rib or just laze around in the sun like deck lizards. In the afternoon it was sailing off to the next port often in a Force 4 wind which was easy sailing - every day we had a very relaxing time.
The yacht ‘Ellen May ‘is filled with every conceivable item of equipment that you could want on a sailing holiday.Paul has left on board a Greek mobile phone so that you can phone him with any problems or he can contact you with potential weather problems.
The condition of the yacht is excellent and being a private Greek registered yacht flying the Greek flag in home waters brought with it other advantages.On a number of occasions when going into a port our yacht was recognised by the locals and given first class assistance.
Conclusion ....Would I go back again – Yes like lightening
Am I going back again – Yes lightening has struck I have booked for a week next May
Would I recommend it – Yes I would – good service by a friendly couple with an excellent product
Please do not hesitate to contact Paul direct by e-mailing him if you want a charter quote and he will answer any questions you have. The website is extensive and most answers can be found there.
Should any member(s) what to experience a week sailing in Greece/Ionian but are without a Skipper... well I am here..my wife also...just e-mail me and I will arrange with Paul and Barbara an appropriate charter.