Naples is the vibrant southern Italian city known across the sea for its alluring tattered edges. Home to the ancient city of Pompeii and indulgent cuisine, it’s the culprit for dried pasta and yes, the birthplace of pizza. This major port city is the jumping off point to the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Campanian Archipelago including the seductive island of Capri. On the south side of Sorrento you’ll find yourself along the Gulf of Salerno where the famed towns of Amalfi and Positano sit tucked under formidable cliffs. Headed west you can sail to the intoxicatingly wonderful Phlegraean Islands: Ischia, Procida, Vivara, and Nisida. Capri sits centered off the Sorrentine Peninsula between the two gulfs, famous for its international reputation as a retreat for artists, writers, and celebrities.
Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey, depicts a voyage that sails through here and several of the islands are mentioned in recognizable detail although the names have changed. Local residents don’t doubt the existence of the fabled sirens who lured greek sailors onto the rocks even if they have never heard them sing. Life at sea is the backbone of their society and its dangers are respected just as the merits are celebrated by local residents and visitors alike, as a sailor you arrive to welcome understanding of what it means to journey on the sea.
To understand sailing the Gulf of Naples, you must understand the city of Naples itself with all its illustrious culture, family sentiment, organized chaos, and unique and beautiful magnetism. A look into Naples past will help you understand the present. Cars have replaced the horse-carts and fashion might have shifted, but other than that the streets look just about the same as they have since the roman empire spent much longer than a day to build them. Out on the islands there are ripples of the Neopolitan city life, mostly arriving on the daily ferries and going home again as the sunsets.
Life on the islands takes after the sea that surrounds them, Italians come here to fall into the groove of that oceanic living. Families arrive during the summer months from the mainland to relax and offer their children the delights of childhood on the seashore that their grandparents experienced in much the same way before them. On a sunny day when the wind is light, swimmers of all ages venture out from the rocks into the sea with all of the freedom of a dolphin-- but when dark clouds linger in the sky and the sea turns dark and violent, children and adults alike stay inside listening to the rain drive sideways into their wooden shutters. On a sailboat you are even more tied to the rhythm of the sea. Get your quiet night at anchor in wilderness cove when the weather allows, take refuge in the safe harbor of a seafaring town when it doesn't.
A Bay of Naples sailing vacation typically centers on the Phlegraean and Pontine islands, and the Amalfi coast on the Sorrento Peninsula, though longer cruises can take sailors south to the wonderful Aeolian Islands. Regardless of the length of the cruise, a Bay of Naples yacht charter offers a blend of magnificent sailing, upscale dining, boutique shopping, and intriguing sightseeing in picturesque towns with roots dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. A Bay of Naples sailing vacation on Italy’s Tyrrhenian Sea is a cruise through a Mediterranean paradise. The passages between islands are mostly short, providing plenty of time to enjoy all the pleasures of sailing as well as for sojourns ashore to explore, sample the local cuisine, and to sit idly with a cocktail at a café to soak in the wonders of Italy’s southwestern coast. Gentle and warm summer winds from the northwest average between 8 and 12 knots.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! 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
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat.Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
Ischia is one of Amalfi’s lavish islands with a semi-tropical terrene with generous hot springs, which are said to have healing powers; this once active volcano is lined with lush forests and modern spas located throughout. With the Castle of Aregon of it’s western point giving a more than dramatic landscape wherever we anchor or walk on land. Evening streets are bustling with action with, Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples and attracts a stream of visitors to its beaches. Inland, the hillside towns are more earthy and will reward walkers with some peace and quiet, while Sant’Angelo on the south coast remains relatively unscathed by tourism. It presents a charming scene with its twisting narrow streets, picturesque harbor and good beach.
Procida is a small island and one of the earliest inhabited towns in the Bay of Naples. We start our journey at Marina Corricella which is the yachting center on the island right downtown Procida. Unlike the nearby islands of Ischia and Capri, Procida is a traditional town with families carrying out traditions that have been with them for decades if not centuries. With the promenade running along the seawall of the marina, there are charming cafes and restaurants of the most local tradition. Fishermen walk down the streets after returning home from an afternoon’s catch. Food is of the highest quality with worn in pastel colors lining the buildings throughout town. Great place to stock up on local wines and fresh produce before we start the week’s journey.
Best known as the island to which emperor Augustus banished his daughter Julia the Elder in the 2 BC as a preventative measure to hid her excessive adultery behavior. A palace was constructed for her and she was able to live her life freely, behind closed doors where no one in Rome could see. The port has kept many of the ancient Roman structures and still using some of the original rainwater catchment systems throughout the island. A charming local island that is simple and true to its past.
The uninhabited island of Palmarola is the most westerly on the Pontine Islands. It is a rugged, beautiful island fringed with rocks that require the skipper of a Palmarola yacht charter to be ever-vigilant when navigating around the island. There is an anchorage in a small cove on the south side of the island and another in a cove partially protected by two islets on the north-west. With no facilities, a stop-over at Palmarola will appeal to those seeking solace and tranquility, needing nothing beyond the emerald green seas to swim in, a good book to read and a glass of a cooling drink in hand.
As the most famous of the islands in the Bay of Naples, Capri is has a picture-postcard sheer throughout the island. The town of Capri is lively with tourists coming and going with the traffic of ferries dropping tourist on day tours of the famous island. The Sailing Collective sails to the backside of the island where the real yachting-jetsetters lay their anchor against the backdrop of sheer limestone cliffs that rise out of the water lined with unfathomable mansions cut off from the rest of the island. A lively island and worth the visit, even though we prefer the more secluded local towns, Capri will not disappoint.
Designed by Judel/Vrolijk & Co, the 575 breaks new design ground for Hanse in several interesting ways. The boat’s topsides are as high off the water as any boat in the size range with square, tinted hull ports that both admit a lot of light to the interior and break up the expansiveness of the hull. The bow and stern are nearly plumb and the cabin top lies very low to the side decks; there is plenty of headroom inside due to the high topside.
Four double cabins 8 pax and three double cabins with owners suite both available.
The CRUISER 51 easily adapts to all crew sizes. The CRUISER 51 can be tailored to the individual needs of her owner – she can comfortably accommodate up to six people in the standard 3-cabin version, eight people with the additional cabin starboard cabin or 10 crew members in the optional 5-cabin version. She is one of the most popular privately owned BAVARIA yachts – probably one reason why she is also one of the most popular charter yachts in the world is that she is hard to beat when it comes to comfort and optimum sailing performance.
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