Saronic Isles – Open Water Swimming Yacht Cruise

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Saronic Cabin Charter Sailing Yacht Cruise

Features:

Daily Swimming Coaching
Exploring the Saronic Isles
Aimed at all swimming levels
Optional Open Water Swim Crossings

Don’t Miss:

  • The spectacular ancient amphitheatre at Epidauros
  • The Vibrant Promenade of Poros
  • The Old harbour town of Hydra – One of the most photographed in the Med
  • The temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

Ahoy open Water Swimmers

Seafarer have teamed up with Olympic and European Championship swimmer Ioannis Drymonakos to offer a unique island-hopping yacht trip aimed at swimmers who want to improve their technique.

Based on a comfortable air conditioned 51 foot sailing yacht, we explore the historic Saronic Gulf islands of Greece with plenty of swimming including open water crossings built into the itinerary.

The programme incorporates swimming coaching for a mixed ability group aimed at beginners or relative newcomers to open water swimming all the way up to pro swimmers. Ioannis brings his huge experience and expert knowledge of swimming to this superb programme coupled with his exceptional knowledge of Greece, having spent 4 years exploring the islands on a sailing yacht for a well-known Greek TV travel show.

Your Skipper, Host & Swim Coach - Ioannis Drymonakos

Ioannis’ career in international watersports spanned 22 years, competing in European & World championships as well as representing his beloved Greece in 3 Olympic Games. His passion for sports and travelling have seen him explore the coastline of Greece, covering more than 4,000 nautical miles in the process. During the past decade he has turned his attention to coaching others, both in the pool and in open water, developing personalised programmes and workshops. This experience makes Ioannis ideally suited to leading these cruises, enabling him to ensure that everyone, from beginners to pro swimmers, enjoys a fantastic cruise through these crystal-clear waters. He won’t be alone, ably assisted by his 1st mate, who is also a swimming coach.

The only way to travel

Our large comfortable yacht is the perfect vessels for your Greek swimming adventure, with 4 double cabins, all with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. A maximum of eight guests are on board, together with an experienced, professional skipper & 1st mate to look after you.

Your yacht will be provisioned with a generous welcome pack including tea, coffee and fruit juices, fresh fruit, plus  everything needed for Breakfast and light lunch for the week.
Your crew will organise breakfast on the first morning and thereafter, catering on board will be a collaborative effort between the guests on board and the skipper.  The norm is to have breakfast and lunch on board whilst underway. In the evening, guests dine ashore and discover the culinary delights on offer in each destination. Should we stop at a harbour at lunchtime and you choose to eat ashore you will need to cover the cost of your lunch in a taverna or cafe.

A voyage of discovery

After a day on the water with the wind in your hair, enjoy a sun-downer on deck before exploring the local area. We like to reach harbour in the afternoon so there’s plenty of time to relax, go sightseeing or swimming before choosing a waterside taverna for dinner. Sample the local specialities, which vary from island to island and make this a voyage of culinary discovery as well as exploring the historical and cultural delights of these beautiful islands.

Itinerary

Our wonderful itinerary would of course be ample attraction even without the swimming.  We combine some of the better known places like Hydra and Poros with hidden gems like Epidauros and Agistri, with some stunning uninhabited islands in between to give you as much history, culture and escaping away from it all as you can handle.

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Arrivals - Korfos

Transfer from Athens for embarkation in the pretty village of Korfos. The inviting clear blue waters of the bay await for a first dip before dinner.
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Korfos - Epidauros

We will be separated into two groups, beginners and advanced to ensure that everyone receives targeted adjustments on their technique, depending on their swimming level. Our first port of call is the charming village of Ancient Epidauros. Optional excursion to the famous ancient amphitheatre of the same name. For those who wish to start their day swimming, we will dive into the clear blue waters near the port of Epidaurus. Our afternoon swim will take place at  Yialasi beach, the largest beach in the area, with a white pebble beach and crystal-clear waters. We will aim to swim 2,5km-3km over the sunken ruins of the ancient city of Epidaurus.
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Epidauros - Poros

We will swim around Poros bay for about 4km and visit the old Russian Dockyard, a true island gem. The picturesque landscape is surrounded by a lush pine forest, golden sand and emerald waters, this is truly one of the most beautiful beaches of Poros.
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Poros - Hydra

We next sail to picture post card perfect Hydra – the historic island where cars are banned. In the morning, we have an optional visit the Museum exploring all historical events including the island’s involvement in the Greek Revolution of 1821. If you are not into sightseeing then you can enjoy Hydra’s fascinating sea front promenade of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals. Alternatively explore the town by donkey. We will have a light lunch at a local tavern and in the evening we will swim alongside the coastline and nearby islands, for about 3km-4km.
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Hydra - Sounio

On day 6, We visit Cape Sounion. Swimming under the famous ancient temple of Poseidon for about 2,5km and we will finally visit the clifftop temple, perched on the cliff edge, seventy metres above the sea. Lunch on board
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Sounio - Angistri

Our next swimming adventure will take place on the shore of Angistri, with the a possibility to swim with dolphins...
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Friday - St Thomas Islands

Today we will sail towards the St Thomas Islands. After a 3km swim in the morning in Angistri and another 3km in the evening. We also visit the neighbouring islands of Metopi with it’s picturesque chapel and untouched Kyra. This evening we have our farewell dinner under the stars at the uninhabited St Thomas Islands.
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St Thomas Islands - Korfos

Breakfast and an early morning sail back to Korfos for disembarkation and onward travel.

The Weather

The wind patterns in the Aegean are perfect for this sailing adventure, with breezes from force 2 to 5 in the early and later parts of the season. In August and early September, the Meltemi wind blows from the North, with slightly higher wind strengths. Our experienced crew will adjust the routes where necessary to ensure you enjoy the best experience on your cabin charter holiday.

Note: The above itinerary is indicative of the islands you may visit during your holiday. The actual itinerary and order of ports of call visited may be subject to change according to weather and operating conditions at the skipper’s discretion. Your crew will keep you up to date on the program each day.

The Yachts

Our Ocean Star yachts are ideally suited to explore the beautiful Saronic Gulf and islands. They are licensed charter yachts well equipped with modern navigation and safety equipment. Accommodation comprises 4 double air-conditioned guest cabins with en suite shower/wc, plus a separate crew cabin. The galley is equipped with 2 large fridges and gas cooker. Featuring a spacious and comfortable saloon with large dining table. A well-equipped galley with 2 fridges and music system in the saloon as well as the cockpit (including aux input). Outside of the cockpit, these yachts feature spacious foredecks, ideal for sunbathing.

  • cockpit table
  • cockpit cushions
  • deck speakers
  • bimini top (sunshade)
  • sprayhood
  • swimming platform
  • deck shower.
  • dinghy and outboard engine
  • paddleboard
  • snorkelling equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Generator

Ocean Star 51.1 "Blue Marlin"

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Cabins 4 + 1 Crew Cabin
Berths 8 + 2
Heads 4
Length Overall 15.95 m
Beam 4.58 m
Draft 2.00 m
Engine 100 h.p.
Fuel Capacity 460 litres
Water Capacity 960 litres
Sail area 109.50 m²

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  • Roller Furling Genoa
  • Roller Furling Mainsail
  • Electric Anchor Windlass
  • Bow thruster
  • GPS
  • Autopilot
  • Chart Plotter
  • CD Player
  • VHF Radio
  • Bathing Platform, Swim Ladder & Deck Shower
  • Hot Water
  • Electric Refrigerator
  • Bimini Suntop And Sprayhood
  • Dinghy Tender
  • Charts & Cruising Guide
  • Cockpit Cushions
  • Cockpit Speakers
  • Holding Tank
  • Fully Equipped Galley
  • Buoyancy Jackets (5+Years)
  • Linen Including Tea Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Full Safety Inventory
  • 12v Cigarette Lighter Connector
  • Shore Power Leads
  • Air Conditioning
  • Generator

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Special Offers

march, 2024

2023 Sailing Dates

10th & 17th June, 8th July & 2nd September

Saronic Swimming Cabin Charter Prices 2023

2023 Prices
Prices are per person per week based on 2 people sharing a cabin with departures every Saturday
Cabin Category2nd SeptemberSpecial Offer
Double / Twin Cabin Ensuite sh/wc£1195NOW £895 - SAVE 25%!
Sole use of cabin supplement£600NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Port Charges & local taxes£45NO PORT CHARGES

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Book your flights and with us and ensure ATOL protection for the full holiday package.
Saturday flights from Gatwick, Heathrow & Manchester direct to Mykonos, or alternatively via Athens from London and regional airports.
Guide prices including luggage  May & October from £195, June & September from £295, July & August from £375
  • 30 minute transfer to Mykonos harbour from Mykonos airport – from £25 per person

Included with your cabin charter

  • Accommodation in a double or twin cabin
  • Running expenses of the yacht, including fuel, water and gas
  • Continental buffet breakfast and light lunch daily
  • Bottled water, Coffee and tea throughout your stay on board
  • Services of our professional English speaking crew
  • Bed linen and towels

Frequently asked questions

Is this holiday for me?

The Swimming Cruise is for you if you:

  • Want to see and feel yourself get fitter, faster and stronger in swimming
    every day.
  • Enjoy spending time relaxing on a boat, surrounded by stunning natural
    scenery.
  • You’re not prone to experiencing anxiety attacks or similar episodes from
    swimming in the sea and don’t suffer from anxiety or phobia-related issues
    connected to swimming.
  • Enjoy spending time in the water (we advise at least half an hour per
    session, but every day’s swim is optional) regardless of whether you’re a
    fast or experienced swimmer or not.

How long are the swimming distances?

Daily, we swim an average of 3-4 kilometres (with breaks).

  • If you prefer to swim longer distances, we encourage you to do so!
  • Equally, if on any particular day, you feel like taking a break during the swimming session or don’t want to swim at all, you’re welcome to hang back on our boat.
  • It’s your holiday and there is no pressure at all for you to participate in the swims.

Do I need to be a good swimmer?

From a ratio of level 1 (= you can barely keep afloat) to level 10 (= Olympic gold
medallist), the ideal is for you to be at level 3 and above
However, we offer one-on-one training during each day’s swimming session for
swimmers who are just getting started.

Are the swims competitive?

The swims are not competitive. The ultimate goal of this experience is to enjoy
swimming as part of your travel adventure, celebrating your body as an amazing
vehicle that can take you along the water to new and incredible places!

We are here to help by professionally assessing and significantly improving your
techniques. How far you go is entirely up to you, depending on your personal
interests and goals.

Does the swimming cruise include food?

On board the boat, we serve you complimentary refreshments (non-alcoholic
beverages including isotonic drinks) and light meals or snacks such as protein
bars and sandwiches throughout the hours of the Swimming Cruise.
For lunch, we will stop at a different high-quality taverna in the vicinity of each
day’s destination for a light, healthy and scrumptious meal. The price of the lunch
is not included in your swimming holiday, so each participant covers her/his own
costs.
You are permitted to bring your own foods, drinks or snacks on board the boat,
including alcoholic beverages. Please note that if you consume alcohol you
will not be permitted to swim.

What do I need to bring with me?

We supply you with complimentary:

  • Swimming cap (for you to take home with you)
  • Flippers
  • Swimming goggles

Please bring your own:

  • Extra pair of swimming goggles. Make sure they are water and fog-proof and fit your face very comfortably
  • Your mask and snorkel, if you’d like to go snorkelling.

Do I need travel insurance?

In the case of injury or other health emergencies, we offer our full and immediate support in providing you with the closest professional medical care available, regardless of our location at the time.
Our captain and staff are trained lifeguards and we have a first aid kit on board at all times for treating any minor injuries.

We recommend travel insurance for all those participating in these cruises.

What age do I have to be to participate?

Participants in the Swimming Cruise must be at least 14 years old, and anyone
Participants who need extra attention due to inexperience, physical issues or
other, are obliged to receive private swimming support from our staff.