Dayyan Armstrong founded the Sailing Collective out of a passion for connecting people with the world through adventure and sailing. Having been raised with values based on multi-cultural awareness and the importance of global culture, Dayyan combined his enthusiasm for sailing and exploration to create an integrated sailing vacation organization open to adventures, explorers, and sailors alike. With a background in music performance, social theory, and a graduate degree in economics from the New School for Social Research, Dayyan is always excited to participate in discourse in topics of theory, art, adventure, and exploration. Outside sailing and exploration, Dayyan is passionate about cured meats, design, Maine, social theory, Cook’s Illustrated, a good museum, photography, Harper’s Magazine, and various types of cooking over fire or coals.
George is an experienced captain and sailing instructor whose journeys have taken him around the world by sailboat, bicycle, and nordic skis. His passion for sailing began at the age of 5, when he experienced the joy of cruising alongside majestic humpback whales, discovered the wonders of boat-cooked meals, and learned proper seamanship from his grandfather. George has chartered luxury yachts in the British Virgin Islands and the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, and participated in original journeys from the Gulf of Maine to New York Harbor that inspired many more Sailing Collective adventures. A certified lifeguard and an experienced tour guide, George is excited to provide a safe and fun cruising experience, and share his intimate knowledge of very special places in this beautiful world.
The Sailing Collective’s Sail Sicily takes us along Italy’s best-kept secret. With seven islands located off the northeast coast of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands offers unique and rustic beaches, thermal pools, and a dramatic landscape that is truly distinctive from the rest of the Mediterranean seacoast. The Aeolian Islands has been a destination to both exclusive jet-setters and rustic adventurers with a charm shared by southern Italians eager to keep this paradise unknown to the rest of the world. Home of some of the finest of traditional cuisine, Sail Sicily is a sailing vacation not to miss. Included in the cost is full provisioning for all onboard meals, seven breakfasts, seven lunch, snacks, and up to three dinners with group dinners organized throughout the week. Passengers are able to explore and dine ashore on their own or with the group. The Sailing Collective will arrange all the logistics for the trip including itinerary planning, and provisioning. Captains and the trip lead will assist with all travel planning and coordination as you make your way to the starting locations. Show up at the marina base on Day 1 and leave the rest to the Sailing Collective.
Sail Sicily journey will take place on a number of up to 55' modern design sailboats with up to 5 cabins per boat. Each boat will be skippered and crewed by Sailing Collective member captains who will take care of the itinerary and keep you safe as we sail throughout the Aeolian Islands for the week. Sail Sicily is a multi-boat book-by-the-cabin voyage with up to 5 boats sailing together in our flotilla, sailing side by side with group outings during the evening on shore. A sailing vacation with the Sailing Collective is a unique and exhilarating new way to travel. With a mix of sailing and land adventures, a sailing vacation is an alternative way of seeing secluded locations with a new perspective.
Sailing on up to 55’ modern sailboats, we experience the dynamic and famous black-sand beaches, smouldering craters, rocky coastlines, and age old local villages in the most unique and versatile method. Anchor or take refuge on a pier in a local village during the evening, we get to explore all the seven islands with the comfort of our own sailboat.
The early Greeks called this place the islands of wind and fire, with active smouldering volcanoes and a dark and dramatic rocky landscape, these seven small islands north of Sicily stir up remarkable vigor with memories that stay with you for a lifetime. The Aeolian archipelago (islands) were designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000, since then, vacationers from all walks of earth have been experiencing what the locals have treasured for thousands of years. A Sailing Collective journey takes us to each of these dramatic jet-set playground on our own itinerary and leisure.
We start our sailing journey at Marina di Portorosa in the town of Tonnarella. Marina di Portorosa is central in town, when arriving, make your way to the main marina office to find out where the Sailing Collective boats are in the marina. You will see a banner on our boats with your fellow passengers, captain and crew waiting your arrival.
Meeting time at the marina is between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please notify your captain in advance if you are delayed and will not arrive by 6pm.. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will direct you to the Sailing Collective boats. Each Sailing Collective sailboats dons our banner andlogo where your captain and crew will be waiting for to arrive. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, we will dine ashore. Please note: the evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers should purchase alcohol or other beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
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Catania International Airport is the nearest arrival airport, about 150 km (2-3 hours by road) from Marina di Portorosa.
Alternative airport is the Falcone–Borsellino Airport in Palermo, which is approximately 200 km Marina di Portorosa (2-3 hours by road)
AIRLINES THAT FLY TO CATANIA
RECOMMENDED TRAVEL LINKS
TRANSPORATION FROM AIRPORT TO MARINA
Catania Airport to Tonnarella and Marina di Portorosa takes roughly 2-3 hours and there is a variety of ways to get to Marina di Portorosa. We recommend arriving in Catania, Sicily no later than 11am of Day 1 to allow time to travel to Marina di Portorosa in Tonnarella. Hotels available for early arrivals.
For groups, private vans and taxis can be arranged for approximately 200 EUR.. Other methods are bus, train, or rental car.
We recommend using the travel site ROME2RIO for travel recommendations.
More options in the larger village of Milazzo, 10 minute taxi from Marina di Portorosa.
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. The 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. Visa and passport information can be found here.
Throughout the month of June daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 27°C/80°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 20°C/68°F. The average daily wind speed in June has been around 11 km/h, that’s the equivalent to about 7 mph, or 6 knots. In June, for the nearest coastal location, the temperature of the sea averages around 22°C/72° F.
Sailing Collective provisions each boat with local foods and produce from the region. Included in the provisioning package includes:
7 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 3 Dinner, Snacks*, Water, Light beverages
Not included in provisioning package:
Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Cooking Aboard: Passengers and crew cook family style aboard with cooking enthusiasts welcomed. Sailing Collective skippers and crew are all talented cooks as well and will prepare meals as well. Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in the Guest Form
We start our journey at Marina di Portorosa in the town of Tonnarella. There are many hotels in the area for guests arriving or staying after the journey. Marina di Portorosa is in the municipality of Furnari with hotels and facilities at the marina. The approximately taxi transfer time from the Catania Airport to Marina di Portorosa is 2 hours and we recommend making arrangements in advance and carpool with fellow passengers to avoid high cost. Alternative bus and train routs also available. We recommend Rome2Rio travel mapping for further details.
At the centre of the archipelago, Lipari has been inhabited for some 6000 years or so. The island was settled in the 4th millennium BC by Sicily’s first known inhabitants, the Stentillenians, who developed a flourishing economy based on obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock. Commerce subsequently attracted the Greeks, who used the islands as ports on the east–west trade route. Today’s trade is still flourishing, with a bustling and historic main street flanked by shops, restaurants and bars. Overlooking the colourful snake of day-trippers is a grande dame of a castle, once plundered by pirates such as Barbarossa (or Redbeard), who was eager to get his hands on Lipari’s lucrative obsidian and pumice mines. Read more: lonelyplanet.com
In a stark contrast to Vulcano’s barren landscape, Salina’s twin craters of Monte dei Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci are lushly wooded, a result of the numerous freshwater springs on the island. Wildflowers, thick yellow gorse bushes and serried ranks of vines carpet the hillsides in vibrant colors and cool greens, while its high coastal cliffs plunge towards dramatic beaches. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
Tiny Panarea is just 3km long and 2km wide and feels like a Greek island with its adobe-style whitewashed houses. Exclusive and expensive, it is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting the international trust-fund babes and Milanese fashionistas for a little taste of dolce far niente (sweet nothing). In the summer, luxury yachts fill the tiny harbor while flocks of day-trippers dock at San Pietro, where you will find most of the expensive accommodation. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
Stromboli’s perfect triangle of a volcano juts dramatically out of the sea. It is the only island whose smouldering cone is permanently active, thus attracting experts and amateurs alike, like moths to a massive flame. Volcanic activity has scarred and blackened one side of the island, while the eastern side is untamed, ruggedly green and dotted with low-rise whitewashed houses. A youngster among the Aeolians, Stromboli was formed a mere 40,000 years ago and its gases continue to send up an almost constant spray of liquid magma. The most recent volcanic eruptions took place in February 2007 when two new craters opened on the volcano’s summit, producing two scalding lava flows. Although seismic activity, including rock falls, continued for several days, fortunately no mass evacuation was deemed necessary. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
Vulcano is a memorable island, not least because of the vile smell of sulphurous gases. Once you escape the drab and dated tourist centre, Porto di Levante, there is a tranquil, unspoilt quality to the landscape, and a refreshing lack of souvenir shops selling (yet more) black-lava trinkets. Following the well-marked trail to the looming Fossa di Vulcano, the landscape gives way to rural simplicity with allotments, birdsong and a surprising amount of greenery. The island is worshipped by Italians for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs, and its black beaches and weird steaming landscape make for an interesting day trip. Read more: lonelyplanet.com/italy/sicily
The Beneteau 43.3 was designed with sailing performance firmly in mind without sacrificing comfort. A full-batten mainsail and roller-furling genoa easily drive the sleek hull in all conditions. All sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit for safety and convenience, and the mainsail has a self-stacking system and lazy jacks. The yacht also has an electric windlass, and aft is a generous swim platform. The galley is sensibly laid out along the port side and has all features. Forward is a large double cabin with en suite head with shower, and aft there are two double cabins and two heads with showers. All cabins have plenty of storage and hanging lockers, and opening ports and hatches as well as fans.
On board the Oceanis 45, harmony reigns supreme: everything is in its place on this beautiful yacht, a chart table that is also a living room table, a bilge increasing overall comfort, an open bathing platform making access to the sea easier. Comfort is built in.
Innovative, spacious, bright, and sophisticated only begins to describe the exciting Beneteau 50.5. Designed by Berret-Racoupeau and built by Beneateau, she features a sleek coachroof, long side windows, a fully-integrated mainsail arch and all the ergonomic ease of detailed design to make the most of each area. Fitted with 4 main cabins, 1 crew cabin and 4 electric heads, large salon and linear portside galley the 50.5 offers an abundance of interior space and comfort. Located forward is an additional cabin, accessed via a hatch, with berth and head. Plenty of opening ports and hatches provide excellent ventilation throughout the yacht. On deck, her spacious cockpit, foredeck and dual helm makes this yacht comfortable outside as well.