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Porto Heli Stay Sail

Stay at our 4* Beach Club and enjoy a week of inclusive activities, kids clubs and watersports before you take to your yacht and cruise the Greek Riviera. Enjoy the most beautiful sailing of the Aegean as we tour around cultural highs like the Franchthi caves (the oldest human dwelling in the world), and the arty islands of Spetses and Hydra where cars are banned and donkeys rule the road.

Nautica Bay Beach Club

Our waterfront Beach Club in the cosmopolitan harbour town of Porto Heli offers fantastic watersports for all abilities, sandy beaches, excellent bike rides and lots of ancient Greek history and cultural sights to explore. Expect a holiday with as much to do off the water as on it! 

Spend week one getting the kids hooked on sailing, brushing up your own dinghy skills or just relax and enjoy the Beach Club facilities before you get-away-from-it-all aboard your yacht to explore new islands and anchorages each day.

All-Inclusive Activities

Porto Heli enjoys reliable thermal winds which deliver gentle conditions in the morning and more exciting sailing and windsurfing in the afternoon. As our Specialist Sailing Centre we have a great range of dinghies, Sailaway excursions and dinghy racing; as well as inclusive tuition for beginner to advanced. 

Our watersports centre is stacked to the nines with windsurf kit, paddleboards and kayaks and there’s a top-notch fleet of Specialized bikes for you to use, too. Young kids will love our Active Clubs and 8 year olds and up will excel in our Youth Squad for sailing and windsurfing.

Sailing experience needed

To join a Stay Sail in Porto Heli, you’ll need to have an International Flotilla Skipper or Bareboat Skipper qualification, or the RYA Day Skipper, RYA Keelboat or ICC qualification. 

If you don’t have the necessary certificates, then why not try our Vassiliki Stay Sail first? Here, you don’t need any prior experience - we have an excellent yacht tuition programme - so we can help you gain your skippers license in just 4-5 days whilst staying at the Surf Hotel Beach Club. Afterwards, you’ll be ready and raring to skipper your own yacht, for week two. Your family can relax at our club while you get trained, or join you onboard and get trained together, (ages 14 +).

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What to expect

You’ll fly into Athens or Kalamata airport and after a 2hr 45min transfer, (it’s worth it for the sailing!), you’ll arrive at our 4* Nautica Bay Beach Club and be able to relax at the hotels’ private beach, try some watersports or just chill at the beach bar and plan your first week of activities and sign up to our socials, kids clubs, fitness clubs, paddle cruises, Sailaways  and RYA courses for dinghy and windsurfing. 

After a week of inclusive activities and catering (Club board) you’ll spend a last, (7th day), at the club before joining your yacht in the afternoon. Our yachts are moored at the Hotel’s own private pontoon, so you can kick back and enjoy the hotel and watersports facilities right up until you move-in onboard. 

Our leadboat crew will tell you about the week’s plans and run through the yacht's systems and controls before a more in-depth skippers briefing over breakfast (which is on us) at the hotel the next day.

Our yachts

Choose a yacht and give us a call, so we can give you an up-to-date price for a Stay Sail. Your yacht will be your home for a week (or two) and it’s kitted with everything you need, from a swim platform and paddleboard to the kitchen sink.

Most yachts have three double sleeping cabins and will sleep up to eight people, (using the double saloon berth), but for comfort we recommend you don’t fill them to the max. You’ll have a bathroom (or two) with showers and heads (that’s a loo!) and a well-equipped galley (or kitchen) with a sociable cockpit to enjoy alfresco dining. Every yacht is fully prepared for you arrival. You just need to provision for food and drink.

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Skippered Luxury charter 

Why not try our luxury yacht, the Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 on a two week Stay Sail holiday. It’s the perfect base for a relaxing week or two away from it all. This fast cruising yacht will reach far flung places away from the tourist crowds with a new clearwater anchorage each day. And your skipper will be on hand to do as much (or as little) of the sailing as you choose. 

Your skipper will live onboard in a crew cabin (which is accessed separately to the main accommodation) so you have complete privacy in the yacht. If you follow our flotilla route then by special arrangement, you can choose for the skipper to stay aboard our lead yacht when at anchor.

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Wind, weather and conditions

The wind force is generally between 1-3 (4-10 Knots) in the mornings and force 3-5 (7-18 knots) in the afternoons, between May and October. Most days start the same with a gentle morning that gradually builds to offer more exciting, but manageable sailing after lunch.. You can expect longer distances, approximately 15-20nm per day, and mostly line-of-sight navigation which requires basic knowledge of charts and an understanding of how to sail in open water. 

More intermediate experience is required, but this cruise is well within the capability of a previously (newly) qualified International (IYT) Flotilla Skipper or RYA Day Skipper with about 150 to 200 miles experience.

There will be plenty of time to top up your tan with temperatures reaching 32 to 36 degrees in July and August, with little to no rain. Expect warm nights and living in your swimming costume with little need for much in the way of warm clothing.

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