Corfu is the northernmost of the seven Ionian Islands and the perfect starting point to explore the sun-drenched Ionian Sea. A mixture of sheltered coastal spots and more adventurous blue water stretches make Corfu an ideal destination for sailors of all abilities.
The famous Heptanese Islands are known for their relaxed culture and attractive scenery, excellent beaches and warm, clear waters. Corfu is home to a number of relaxing beaches and imposing castles, as well as numerous outlying islands and abundant native wildlife. A combination of sheltered coastal and exciting open water sailing lets you take in Paxos and Antipaxos, known for their wine and excellent beaches.
Each Ionian Island offers panoramic views from high mountain peaks, sheltered bays and sandy beaches ideal for diving and snorkeling, delicious traditional food and drink and ancient history spanning the very earliest western civilizations
2 family Option:
A 40 foot four cabin Lucia Catamaran
3 family Option:
A 48 foot four cabin Salina Catamaran with two additional kids bunks
After graduating with a degree in Outdoor Education, Ross Beane has been relentless about sharing his love of wilderness travel with people wherever he goes. Having worked with programs from Alaska to Maine, he enjoys guiding students of all ages and abilities into beautiful and remote locations to foster technical know-how and an appreciation of the natural world. With multiple certifications in wilderness emergency medicine, he brings with him an understanding of risk management that keeps it safe without compromising fun. An avid sailor since youth, Ross has made many safe crossings and has taught sailing for The Wooden Boat School, New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, and the Manhattan Sailing School before joining Dayyan to help start the Sailing Collective.
Stewart grew up sailing on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. He's lived and worked across the East and West Coasts, but home is New York City, where he volunteers with the Lower East Side Girls Club and Sky Ting Yoga. Stewart's very excited to join The Sailing Collective on his first voyage! Stewart’s excited for the chance to scour the markets in our ports of call for super-local ingredients and to cook up some beautiful boat food using skills he's learning while working in restraunts such as Portland's reknowned Thai spot Pok Pok. He’s heard that in Corfu they make a kind of mustard/chutney made with figs – we’ll have to try!
Ana has been the Director of a medical aid non-profit in the Peruvian Amazon, planned and designed events for the French Embassy, hiked the Arizona desert on humanitarian recon missions, and studied dance with the Cuban National Ballet School. Still she makes time in between to cook for groups ranging from an all girls surf school in Maui to a farm based summer camp in the mountains of Vermont. Ana joins Sailing Collective whenever possible to provide an amazing culinary experience at sea.
We will meet on Monday the 19th any time after 10am at:
Paid car parking is available at Gouvia Marina.
Located 3 kilometers to the south of Corfu Town, in the area of Kanoni, opposite the islet of Pontikonissi.
Facilities are the airport include:
Money and Communication: There is a bank, an ATM and a bureau de change in the terminal building. There is also a post office.
Eating and Drinking: One restaurant and four buffet style snack bars located next to the check-in area.
Shopping: There is a small duty-free shop.
Corfu Airport to Corfu by Taxi - approx 15 Euros - 10 - 15 minutes ride
Corfu Airport to Gouvia by Taxi - approx 20 Euros - 20 - 25 minutes ride
GMT + 2 hrs (GMT + 3 hrs from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October
We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.
Passport and Visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Customs and Immigration
Before leaving the airport you will have to clear Customs and Immigration
We will start our journey from a Marina located nearby the town of Corfu proper, where you’ll find brightly-colored Venetian buildings lining water’s edge. Corfu’s Old Town is a UNESCO site; stroll the Liston, an arcaded street built during the French occupation; and wander the city’s green esplanade on the first day of the Journey. While in Corfu town explore Palaio Frourio, a 15th century Byzantine castle constructed by the Venetians. Climb to the summit of the inner outcrop to see the lighthouse and enjoy 360-degree panoramic views.
First We'll sail north towards the traditional Greek fishing village of Kalami. The sand-and-shingle beach is gorgeous and the natural cove means it’s sheltered from swells so it’s perfect for swimming. Whenever you’re ready, head south to Mandraki Harbour, situated just under the steep walls of Corfu’s Venetian fort.
Next, we sail south along Corfu’s coast toward the open waters of the Ionian and Lakka on the northern tip of Paxos. Tree-covered hills slope gently to the sea, providing shelter from the prevailing winds and creating a perfect harbor. Lakka’s pebbly beach gives way to golden sand as soon as you step in the water and on Harami Beach you’ll find locals offering water sports rental with banana boats, windsurfing, and water skiing.
Parga is packed with music bars, tavernas and kafenios (coffee shops), and the bustling harbor is alive with boats. Beaches frame the pretty coastal town; enjoy lively Kryoneri or head for the quieter shores of its little sister, Piso Kryoneri.
Sivota Islands. Tucked behind the three islands in the chain—Nisis Ay Nikolaos, Nisis Sivota and Nisis Siv Mavros Notos—Mourtos is a tranquil little village perched on mainland Greece, perfect for a day of relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet.
In the port of Plataria, a long breakwater leads to a bustling harbor, while tavernas and cafés dot the quayside. Walk 100 meters south along the harbor and you’ll find a sandy beach.
Catamaran Lucia 40 by FOUNTAINE PAJOT BE CAPTIVATED BY DESIGN, COMFORT AND PERFORMANCE! This exciting new 40-foot catamaran sailboat has been exclusively designed to deliver a simply superb experience at sea and while moored. Remarkable volumes and light-filled living spaces allow you to comfortably share the experiences and create life-long memories with family and friends. The Lucia 40 is a true revolution in her class. No other catamaran sailboat of her size has fabulous living space of the Lucia 40, which includes a luminous saloon, generous cabins, expansive 12m2 cockpit, and a decadent lounge area on the bow that spans more than 3m2! She is also the only 40-foot catamaran sailboat that includes four bathrooms and also boasts the largest Owner’s suite available in her class. Beautifully appointed, the Lucia 40 has all the contemporary conveniences you need for carefree cruising, so you can relax in comfort while experiencing the catamaran’s impressive performance at sea.
3 Double Cabins + 1 Crew Cabin
With a clean and obstacle-free deck, the Salina 48 affords easy movement and safe handling with an integrated saloon and cockpit that has generous entry access.
This catamaran is ideal for convivial entertaining with its social areas comprising a card table facing the sea, an L-shaped kitchen featuring a revolutionary new refrigeration system, an indoor and outdoor dining table plus exterior corner lounge.
A decadent sunbathing deck at the aft of the Salina 48 enjoys exceptional protection from the elements while underway and provides yet another idyllic setting for relaxation.
Each of the cabins boasts magnificent sea views from the spacious portholes while the low beds, private bathrooms with separate showers and passageways without thresholds enhance the vessel’s appeal.
Explore photos from our past journeys