ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Beginning in Athens, we sail along the Saronic Gulf stopping at the famous islands of Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and Aegina. With numerous bays to explore with secluded beaches around the corner from historical towns in the backdrop, the Saronic Archipelago is the prime yachting area of Greece. With a perfect mix of rustic towns and uninhabited anchorages, vacationing the Saronic Islands is one voyage not to miss.
Sailing Collective is a hands-on, bespoke charter company exploring coastlines of the world on crewed sailing adventures. Our customized voyages integrate adventure, heritage, and great sailing through a unique and thoughtful approach to modern travel.
With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics, Sailing Collective offers a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your journey will be crewed by a sailing collective captain and private chef. Trained professionals and explorers at heart work, they will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests and desired activities.
Boat: Lagoon 450 (2018 model) catamaran | Saronic Islands | $17,500 total
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective captain and chef
• Travel support to help customize and guide your group's journey
• Delicous family style meals with six breakfasts, five lunches, three dinners and snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chefs
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And, of course, unabashed adventure and epic memories!
50 percent due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
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.
Alida Borgna is from Umbria and has moved between the academic and professional worlds of food over the past decade. She creates edible landscapes using traditional cooking techniques learned through years of working on farms around the world and as a private chef in her hometown of New York. Her food allows diners to engage and interact playfully while luxuriating in the flavors and textures of the seasons. Borgna holds a Masters Degree in Food Culture and Ecology from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piemonte.
The islands situated in the Saronic Gulf southwest of Athens are among the most beautiful and interesting of all the Greek islands. They are favorites close to one another, usually within a two or three hours sail. Long stretches of sandy beaches, fragrant pine forest, and rocky capes against a backdrop of brilliant sunshine and crystal blue water provide an infinite variety of scenic beauty. The cultures and people are as varied as the settings, luring visitors with pottery, sponges, pistachios, and almond cakes, which are available at shops and restaurants along the narrow, winding streets of the island towns.
Marina: Marina Alimos (Kalamaki)
Charter Company: South Aegean Yachting
Boat Name: Hydra xii
Embarking: We meet at the boat any time after 7 p.m. on the evening of June 29. If you arrive early you can drop your luggage at the South Aegean Yachinting offices. Your Sailing Collective sailboat will don our flag, that's where your captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, we will dine ashore for our first outing of the journey. The evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers should purchase alcohol or other and beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
Disembarking: You will arrive back at the marina by sunset on Day 7, you will dine in town and spend the last night on the boat at the marina. Disembaking is at 9 a.m. the next morning. Your crew can help arrange a taxi for you if you need.
Athens International Airport: El. Venizelos Airport is approximately 40 minutes from Alimos where the base marina is located. Useful links for transportation to Alimos (Kalamaki) Marina:
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.
Sailing Collective provisions each boat with local foods and produce from the region. Included in the provisioning package includes:
6 Breakfast, 6 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 Guest Form
ALIMOS MARINA, ATHENS: Alimos Marina is one of the largest marinas in Greece with 1000 permanent positions. The Marina is located South West of Athens 15 Km from the city center, 8 Km South of Piraeus port and 30 km from El. Venizelos International Airport. It is served by a dense transportation network of Trams, Buses and Taxis, with stations 500 meters from the Marina.
SPETSES: Along with Hydra and Poros, Spetses played a defining role in the Greek war of independence in the early 1800's. Spetses was the home of famous Greek heroine Laskarina Bouboulinas and her house has now been converted into a museum documenting her life and contribution to the independence struggle.
EPIDAVROS: Amidst the blue of the Saronic Gulf, well protected on its own smaller Gulf of Epidavros, with the scent from the valley's orange blossoms meeting the sea breeze in its picturesque and friendly port, with pine trees descending its slopes to offer their shade to its beautiful beaches, Ancient Epidavros, traditional yet modern, both tranquil and cosmopolitan, is always ready to welcome travellers whatever the season. Midway along the east coast of the Argolid district, with its houses spread out amphitheatrically from the sea inland, the little town is built on the site of the ancient city-state of Epidavros. The local church, St. Nicholas, is built on the ruins of the Temple of Hera and, nearby is the Sanctuary of Asklepios the Ancient Theatre that attracts thousands of visitors every day.
POROS: The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheater over two hills. In antiquity, Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Sphería was cut off from Méthana, and in this way, Póros took its present-day form. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital (it has been declared protected settlement) with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan, destination that attracts visitors from all age groups. Take the opportunity to stroll around the Lemon Forest, a verdant hill with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees, located on the opposite situated coast of the Peloponnese, southeast of the town of Galatás. The boat trip will only take a few minutes. The view from the hilltop to the island of Póros is really stunning.
HYDRA: Hydra is a historically wealthy island and this is continued into modern times with it being known as a weekend getaway for Athenians and something of an artist's haven with many local art galleries showing exhibitions of well known and upcoming artists. Hydra is also known for its architecture and the main town is filled with beautiful houses. Hydra is also well known as an island with no cars or motorbikes, so enjoy the peace and quiet while you are there!
AEGINA: Some 18 nautical miles from Athens, Aegina is a popular first and/or last port of call for sailing charters starting and ending in Athens. A site not to miss is the impressive Temple of Aphaea built in the 5th century BC. Aegina is also famous for its fantastic pistachio nuts, the island's soil is considered perfect for their cultivation, so be sure to pick up a bag or two to take with you!
The Lagoon 450 has everything you could want in a cruising boat: Incredible performance under sail, wide open deck space for lounging, and an incomparable comfort in the saloon and the cabins. The wide hulls of Lagoon 450 offer comfortable cabins with larger floor space than other catamarans of the size. An airy saloon contains an open concept modern galley (kitchen) and comfortable seating all with stunning panoramic visibility of the natural beauty that you came for. The aft deck is covered by a hard top bimini so that there is always plenty of breezy shaded space for lounging when you are taking a break from the sun drenched foredeck. Up front the netted "trampoline" between the hulls is the ultimate place to enjoy this boat under sail with the sun beaming down and the water rushing below you.